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MRC says thanks for making Empty Bowls fund-raiser a success
Thank you, Conifer and Evergreen, for making our 2012 Mountain Resource Center Empty Bowls fund-raiser a resounding success. It takes a village … and we express our deepest gratitude to our sponsors, bowl creators, food donors, volunteers and all those who attended the three events. Special thanks to our Gold Ladle sponsors, Churchley Financial Group and GoPaint, and our Bronze Ladle sponsor, Kaiser Permanente Evergreen. For a full list of contributors, visit www.mrcco.org.
The Mountain Resource Center Empty Bowls event is the major annual fund-raising event to fight hunger and support struggling mountain area families. Proceeds from Empty Bowls go directly to MRC’s community support services program to help people with rent and mortgage assistance, utilities and food.
Empty Bowls is truly a community-driven, grassroots event, and our neighbors — from students of all ages to school principals, professional artists, community leaders, church members and local businesspeople — created the 600 unique bowls that more than 400 participants took home. Local restaurants and caterers donated a wide variety of soups, breads and desserts for the meal.
The MRC Empty Bowls project is part of an international effort by artists and craftspeople to feed the hungry. Events have taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations.
Mark your calendar now for MRC’s Empty Bowls 2013, set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Mountain Resource Center and Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Evergreen Lake House.
Sharon Schrage
executive director, Mountain Resource Center

Evergreen comes through for EChO
Sandy Barnes’ story in the Oct. 24 issue of the Courier reported the need for food at the Evergreen Christian Outreach food bank, and, wow, did the citizens of Evergreen respond! In the week following this story, local folks donated a total of 6,800 pounds of food, hundreds of pounds of usable clothing, and cash.
9Cares brought 3,000 pounds on that Saturday, and Scouts added 1,500 more that Tuesday. Since the article was published, individual citizens have donated more than 2,300 pounds and counting. This outpouring will go a long way toward ensuring that our hundreds of families in need get sufficient food through the end of the year, including Christmas dinner.
In addition to those mentioned in Sandy’s article, special thanks go to Girl Scout Troop 1745, Boy Scout Troop 888, Cub Scout Pack 119, the Mountain Dollar Store, Rocky Mountain Village, Curves, DaKind Soup, Mt. Evans Hospice, Blue Spruce Kiwanis, and the many individuals who came forward. Evergreen has shown how a community can take care of its own.
Jim Shelton

Painter Award recognizes some true-blue fans
If you wanted to see Earl Painter, you only had to look in the Evergreen High School gym during any boys basketball game. There, a few rows up from the Cougars bench, Earl and his wife, Paula, would typically be sitting, eagerly awaiting tip-off. Earl’s brother, Gene, would often join them — the steadfast “Painter brothers,” who would also give annually to the EHS Boys Basketball Booster Club.
Through the eras of good teams and ones that struggled a bit, against rivals such as Conifer or little-known visitors from the Western Slope, the Painters would turn out. Earl would have a positive comment for the team — “Our boys are doing great. Gosh, can that Andre shoot!” — and maybe a snort of disgust for a visually challenged ref, while Paula would nod in agreement, making sure to record every assist, point and blocked shot in her notebook.
It was because of this unflagging support for “their boys” that the Boosters asked coach Scott Haebe in 2010 to name the annual MVP award after Earl and Gene (sorry, Paula, you deserved it too). Of course, Scott was enthusiastic about the idea, and at the awards banquet at Mount Vernon Country Club, the Painter Award was given to a senior. The plaque had meaning, but equally important were the handshake and kind words from a true fan and supporter. The Painters — Earl, Paula and Gene — always modeled the best character. And while Earl and his upbeat personality will be deeply missed by his wife, brother, family and friends, it seems likely that his spirit will continue to inspire players and fans. On behalf of those lucky enough to have known you, we’d like to say, “Earl, you’ve been great.”
EHS Boys Basketball Boosters