Agenda Item # 4

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

01/13/2015

Agenda Report # 66


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Parks and Recreation - The Empty Bowl Event

INITIATED BY: Parks and Recreation Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to accept donations in the form of gift certificates, check, and cash from sponsors and individuals for the purpose of purchasing supplies for the Empty Bowl event. Also, to allow Columbus Parks and Recreation to accept cash, check, and credit card donations before and during the event for tickets to the event, auction pieces, and money donations. 100% of the money will go to Feeding the Valley for the Kid’s Café program. Bowls will be sold after the event for donations as well.

Background: Each year the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department holds its main charity fundraiser “The Empty Bowl Brunch” every spring for the Kids Café, a local program of the Feeding the Valley Food Bank. Kids Cafe programs provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate. In addition to providing meals to kids, all Kids Cafe programs also offer a safe haven, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities.

The annual “Empty Bowl” Brunch will be on Sunday, March 8th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Ticket holders will be able to choose a bowl (to keep) from among hundreds of uniquely made pieces and enjoy all-you-can-eat “homemade” style soups, breads, desserts and drinks - and 100% of the proceeds go to the Kids Café. This year the Empty Bowl will take place at Northside Recreation Center, 2010 American Way, Columbus, GA 31909.

Analysis: None

Financial Considerations: Columbus Parks and Recreation provides a site, staff, firing bowls, and administration of the program. The donations of money and supplies are provided by sponsors and individuals.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: Columbus Parks and Recreation provides a site, staff, firing bowls, and administration of the program. The donations of money and supplies are provided by sponsors and individuals.

Legal Considerations: Approval of Council is requested for this City sponsored event.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the resolution authorizing Columbus Parks and Recreation to collect donations for the Empty Bowl program.

A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COLUMBUS PARKS AND RECREATION TO ACCEPT DONATIONS IN THE FORM OF GIFT CERTIFICATES, CHECK, AND CASH FROM SPONSORS AND INDIVIDUALS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PURCHASING SUPPLIES FOR THE EMPTY BOWL EVENT. ALSO, TO ALLOW COLUMBUS PARKS AND RECREATION TO ACCEPT CASH, CHECK, AND CREDIT CARD DONATIONS BEFORE AND DURING THE EVENT FOR TICKETS TO THE EVENT, AUCTION PIECES, AND MONEY DONATIONS. 100% OF THE MONEY WILL GO TO FEEDING THE VALLEY FOR THE KID'S CAFE' PROGRAM. BOWLS WILL BE SOLD AFTER THE EVENT FOR DONATIONS AS WELL.

WHEREAS, each year the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department holds its main charity fundraiser “The Empty Bowl Brunch” every spring for the Kids Café, a local program of the Feeding the Valley Food Bank. Kids Cafe programs provide free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate. In addition to providing meals to kids, all Kids Cafe programs also offer a safe haven, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities; and,

WHEREAS, the annual “Empty Bowl” Brunch will be on Sunday, March 8th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Ticket holders will be able to choose a bowl (to keep) from among hundreds of uniquely made pieces and enjoy all-you-can-eat “homemade” style soups, breads, desserts and drinks - and 100% of the proceeds go to the Kids Café. This year the Empty Bowl will take place at Northside Recreation Center, 2010 American Way, Columbus, GA 31909; and,

WHEREAS, Columbus Parks and Recreation provides a site, staff, firing bowls, and administration of the program. The donations of money and supplies are provided by sponsors and individuals.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to approve for the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department to accept donations in the form of gift certificates, check, and cash from sponsors and individuals for purchasing supplies for the Empty Bowl event. Also, the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department is allowed to accept cash, check, and credit card donations before and during the event for tickets to the event, auction pieces, and money donations. 100% of the money will go to Feeding the Valley for the Kid’s Café program. Bowls will be sold after the event for donations as well.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2015, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting .
Councilor Baker voting .
Councilor Barnes voting .
Councilor Buck voting ___________.
Councilor Davis voting .
Councilor Henderson voting .
Councilor Huff voting .
Councilor Thomas voting .
Councilor Turner-Pugh voting .
Councilor Woodson voting .


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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor