The Mayfield-Graves County Empty Bowls event will take place this Saturday, April 28, at Trace Creek Baptist Church’s Family Life Center, in Mayfield. The event runs from 11 am to 1 pm and tickets are just $15. All the money raised goes to the Mayfield-Graves County Food Pantry.

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Participating restaurants this year include A&B BBQ, Carr’s Steakhouse, Cracker Barrel, Dairy Queen, Dinner Bell, Domino’s, Happy House, Hardee’s, Larry, Darrel & Darrel, Majestic Pizza and Steak House, Mayfield Creek Market, Red’s Donut Shop of Mayfield, Rita’s Café, Snappy Tomato, Southern Red’s BBQ, Taco John’s, The Catfish House, Wendy’s, Wilma’s Kountry Kitchen, and Wings, Etc.

“Each year we have been blessed to have 20 of our fine local restaurants donate their time and food,” said Claudia Heath, who started the local effort and has served as project coordinator each year. “They help us raise funds to feed the hungry of our county.”

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In addition to all the food tasting, there will be a silent auction and door prizes donated by local merchants and individuals. Auction items include paintings by local artists, unique home décor items, jewelry and one of a kind items donated by the region’s artisans.

Local businesses who have donated auction and door prizes include The Artisan Event, King’s Antiques and Florist, Stone’s Drug Store, Duncan’s Drugs, Broadway Flowers & Gifts, Food Giant, The Frosted Farmhouse. Twelve local artists have also contributed a piece of their work to the auction.

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Tickets are available at the Trace Creek Church office, from 9am - 3pm, Monday through Friday; The Good News Shoppe; or the Mayfield Food Pantry. For 10 or more tickets call Claudia Heath at 270.705.6062.

Tickets will also be available at the door as long as there are enough bowls to accommodate diners. About 1,000 people are expected to attend. The past four years the event has raised about $50,000 for the Food Pantry.

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The Empty Bowls project is an international effort started some 20 years ago to help alleviate hunger and raise awareness of the issues of hunger around the world.

“It is my belief that in this great country of ours, no one should go hungry. And if someone has a need, then we as a community have a responsibility to help in any way we can,” Heath added. “I urge you to mark your calendars and come have lunch with us that day. If you attend once, I just know you will be back the next year.”

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