Alli Ortega Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Nov. 28 at SCC

Scottsdale Community College has played host to an Empty Bowls event for more than 20 years. (Submitted photo)

David Ortega said his daughter, Alli, lived a life of kindness, volunteerism and generosity.

That spirit of Alli, who died in 2014 at the age of 31, continues at the Alli Ortega Empty Bowls event, which raises money to fight local hunger and brings awareness to food scarcity issues.

For more than 20 years, Scottsdale Community College has hosted the event, and this year it will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Student Center

The community event, which is free to attend and open to the  public, sells handmade ceramic bowls and a modest meal for $10, with proceeds going to Vista del Camino Social Services.

Vista del Camino assists Scottsdale residents in crisis with basic needs and relief for economic and emotional stress.

This year’s event will feature bowls made by middle school and high school students in the Scottsdale Unified and Paradise Valley Unified school districts, those who attend Scottsdale senior centers, Delta Kappa Gamma and local artisans.

In addition to SCC and the school districts, community partners involved in the event are: City of Scottsdale Human Services Department, Scottsdale Community Partners, Scottsdale Arts and Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club.

“Dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism, this program is named in memory of Alli Ortega, who was a local artist, city of Scottsdale employee and loyal Empty Bowls volunteer,” according to a release.

A brief program begins at noon, with remarks from Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, representatives from partnering organizations and the Ortega family.
Food will be served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (or as long as quantities last).

Ceramic bowls will be sold until 6 p.m.

Cost: $10 for most bowls (includes food if bought from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Specialty bowls will be priced as marked.

Those unable to attend the event, can donate at Scottsdale Community College is at 9000 E. Chaparral

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