By Riley Manning
TUPELO – The Northeast Mississippi branch of the Salvation Army is closing in on its biggest fundraiser of the year.
The annual Empty Bowls event Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Tupelo Furniture Market Building 5 will feature soups and stews from more than 70 area chefs and restaurants. The Army also will feature a bake sale at the event and a silent auction. In addition, pieces from local potters will be on display.
“It’s supposed to be really great weather this year,” said Susan Gilbert, social services director for the Army. “We’re hoping lots of people come out.”
Gilbert said the bake sale has grown in size and success with each passing year. This year, sugar- and gluten-free options will also be available. Attendees will also receive the event’s staple souvenir, their own unique bowl, handmade by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, who work year-round crafting the bowls in partnership with local potters. Gilbert said they make between 2,000 and 2,500 each year for the event.
In addition to the $15 tickets for the luncheon, the Army is selling tickets for Boston butts prepared by Bar-B-Q by Jim, which will be available for pickup. Tickets for the Boston butts may be purchased for $25 in advance, or $30 at the event.
Tickets for the luncheon and Boston butts may be bought at Salvation Army headquarters, 217 Carnation St., in Tupelo, or from any Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary member.