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Empty Bowls Project to Fight Hunger in Paducah

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Paducah's 2018 Empty Bowls fund-raiser will be held Saturday, February 24, at the Julian Carroll Convention Center, and organizer Michael Terra is not worried about a lack of attendance.

"Our region has totally embraced this fund-raiser," Terra said in a recent interview on Sounds Good. "It's no trouble to get people to show up."

Empty Bowls began as a grassroots movement to help end hunger in Paducah. Each year the community is invited to participate in a series of events in which they are able to make and glaze bowls that will be used to serve food donated by local restaurants at the annual event.

"You’ll get to choose whatever bowl you want, and then you will get to walk up to as many as 10 different food vendors and have them put something in your brand new bowl before you take it home," Terra said.

Terra said there will be between 1,500 and 1,700 bowls at this year's event. There will also be a silent auction, and proceeds will go to benefit Paducah's Community Kitchen.

"It’s a 100 percent volunteer event," he said. "All of the money that you bring to the event goes to put some of the 70,000 meals that the community kitchen serves each year on the table."

For more information on this year's Paducah Empty Bowls event, visit the WKMS community calendar at wkms.org/community-calendar.

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Eddie Sheridan comes to WKMS after spending nearly 10 years in non-profit radio. He holds an undergraduate degree in English/Professional Writing and is currently attending Murray State University to obtain a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health/Counseling. He has worked in print journalism as a reporter for the Murray Ledger & Times newspaper and has performed freelance writing for publications such as The Lane Report magazine in Lexington.
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