Annual Empty Bowls Art Auction to benefit homelessness

Pioneer Center for Human Services is hosting its second annual Empty Bowls Art Auction to benefit homelessness from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Smith’s Central Garage in McHenry.

During the event, guests will walk through an exclusive, one-night only gallery comprised of works created by artists depicting homelessness as they have experienced or witnessed it.

The evening is a come-and-go style event with buy now and silent auction on the art.

This event brings together two unique communities in McHenry County — the arts community and the social action community who feel a heartfelt calling to help end homelessness in their hometown.

The art gallery will be created through partnering with local artists who will create portraits and imagery that examine homelessness.

Through their creative voices, attendees will be provided with a new light in which to view the need for homeless services in our county.

The artwork is intended to continue the conversations of these needs long after the event ends.

“Homelessness touches so many families. There have been times when those faces easily could have been someone in my family,” says Justina Draper of Keller Williams Realty Success, an Empty Bowls Committee member. “Serving our fellow brothers and sisters with compassion and kindness is very important to me. Oh, how I love music and fine arts! This opportunity to serve with Pioneer Center has given me much joy.”

The event will take place at the Smith’s Central Garage in downtown McHenry. Tickets will be sold online at and at the door for $35 per individual. Additional contributions above the $35 will help further fundraising efforts for homeless services.

“While the world continues to turn outside the boundaries of McHenry County … for one night we invite you to be a part of lifting each other up through the calmness found in storytelling and relationships,” added Jordan Debbink, special events and volunteer coordinator for Pioneer Center.

For more information call Jordan Debbink, special events and volunteer coordinator, at (815) 759-7129.

The Pioneer Center for Human Services, founded in 1958, is a 501(c)3, nonprofit charitable organization that provides direct services to thousands of people each year. The organization also provides education and outreach to schools and community organizations.

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