FISH benefit will be Nov. 18 at Hood River Middle School

When the third annual Empty Bowls Dinner happens Nov. 18, it will have an experienced high school junior helping make it happen.

Denali Emmons is helping organize the benefit event for FISH Food Bank as her Extended Application project, a service learning or research project each junior must do. As a freshman, she made a bowl and last year she created two.

This year, Emmons is working with Arts in Education in the Gorge and sponsoring groups to promote and organize the event. It’s more than a school obligation for Emmons, who truly believes in the group she is serving.

“I think FISH is an amazing organization and I wanted to do something to help it, for what it does for people in need in our community,” Emmons said.

All proceeds will go benefit FISH Food Bank as it complete its building project, transitions into the new facility and begins providing more services for our community.

Emmons’ role includes promoting the event at farmers markets and other events, and working with HRVHS teacher Gabe Iverson on the kilning, glazing, and rekilning of the bowls.

“I help make sure all the art classes are on track so their bowls formed and kilned and ready to go,” Emmons said.

Helping FISH through food donations is “a simple task we can all do,” she said.

Empty Bowls will be at 6:30 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. Hood River Valley High School students have made 150 bowls, so there will be 150 tickets available this year. The event sold out last year with 100 participants.

Diners pay $30 and choose a bowl to take home, but not until they sit down to a hot soup and bread dinner. Chef Mark Whitehead from Ahi Ohana Catering Co. will make soup, for the third year, with ingredients from the Gorge Grown Farmers Market. Pine Street Bakery is supplying the bread, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital is sponsoring the event, and Arts in Education of the Gorge is coordinating the affair.

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