A couple of weeks ago ECHO hosted its tenth annual Culinary Delight at the Janesville Country Club. The event was sponsored by Data Dimensions and MacFarlane Pheasants. The wine was donated by Al and Diane Utzig, and music was provided by Yuri Rashkin. It was a perfect evening. The food, especially the pheasant, was delicious. The entertainment was outstanding. The company was great. The notable servers dropped very few hors d’oeuvres on the floor. Karen gave a short presentation on ECHO, and some very lucky people went home with some great silent auction baskets. The best part was that we all knew while we were enjoying ourselves we were helping ECHO provide shelter for people who are homeless and buy food for families that don’t have enough.
ECHO depends on its fundraising events to fill the gaps in its budget. Over the last year ECHO has streamlined its already lean operation and cut expenses to the point that additional cuts will mean cuts to vital services at a time when our clients need them more than ever. Fundraising events are a great way to support ECHO and have fun at the same time. I know many ECHO supporters, including myself, are limited by our own budgets in the number of events like the Culinary Delight that we can attend.
I have great news for everyone. October 24th is ECHO’s Empty Bowls event at Parker High School that everyone can support. For $8 in advance or $10 at the door, you can enjoy soup, bread, drinks, and dessert. For an extra $5 you get a hand-thrown bowl to eat your soup in and then take home with you. All of the best soup makers from the greater Janesville area will be there with their favorite soups. This event is being chaired by Larry and Sue Barton and Tim and Barb Cullen and is sponsored by Nowlan & Mouat. Through their hard work, they have already made this a successful event.
I am asking everyone who is reading this to block off from 11 to 2 on October 24th. Karen has arranged for the Badger game to start at 2:30 so no one will miss anything. Come enjoy the food, the entertainment, and the company. Our strength is in our numbers. 5,000 people eating good soup can do anything.
We are ECHO.