Empty Bowls VIII


Empty Bowls VIII: An Event to Remember




Empty Bowls VIII was a great success thanks to the following sponsors and you for your continuous support:



Beaumont Foundation



A.R. Tony Sanchez

Arturo N. Benavides Sr.




 IBC  Laredo

A.R. Tony Sanchez

Carlos Zaffirini Jr.

Tano Tijerina

Angel  and Lidia Laurel

ANB Cattle Co.

Vester Investments



Attorneys John R. Solis-Raul Vasquez

Leslie and Tom Benavides

Annie Dodier

Drs. Castellano-Carpenter

Rancho Viejo

Laredo Energy

Falcon International Bank

Mary Lamar and Gary Leyendecker

Commerce Bank  Laredo

GEO  Group

AEP Energy

El Bufalo Enterprises

BBVA Compass Laredo

Anna and John Galo

Diane St. Yves Law Office

IBC Zapata

Kevin Romo




Tommy  and Anette Pena

TETSCO  Well Services

Lone Star Industries

Hugo and Bibi  Flores

Laredo Housing Authority

Boys and Girls Club

Salo Otero and Friends

La Posada Hotel

IBC Zapata

Cuellar  and Associates

Galo Garcia

Laredo Soccer Club

Zapata National Bank

Atty. Tony Figueroa



CR England

Pete Saenz-Erasmo Villarreal

Gontor Inc.


Wendy’s,  Papa John’s, Church’s Chicken

Cox Properties

Southern Distributing

Plains  Capital  Bank


Cigna Health Spring

Arguindegui Oil

Rio Grande Cartage Co.

Border Building

Texas Community Bank

 Jim Kelly and Friends

Eduardo Garza UniTrade

Laredo Community College

Escamilla Auto Sales

David King Services (Hebbronville)

Howland Engineering, Surveying Company

David Gonzalez Jr.

Asmussen Horse Center

Doug Howland

Westwind Homes

Jim Hogg County Commissioners

J&P Oil Field Services

LNV  Engineering


John Roman Galo-Zoe Benavides



Silent Auction Contributors


Laredo Morning Times

El Manana

El Lider

El Diario



Guerra Communications



Lamar Advertising


Click here for Empty Bowls VIII Photo Album
C lick here  to read more about the event.


See you next year at Empty Bowls IX!





Beaumont Foundation to be Honored and Legendary group Commodores to Headline Empty Bowls VIII!




The South Texas Food Bank's Empty Bowls VIII

Friday, Aug. 22

Laredo Energy Arena at 6 P.M. 


The event honors the Beaumont Foundation of America for its contribution to the South Texas Food Bank mission of feeding the hungry and features a concert by the Commodores, the Grammy Award winning musical group of the 1970s and 80s. All proceeds to benefit the South Texas Food Bank's programs.


About the Honoree

The Beaumont Foundation, created  in 2001, is a nonprofit  grant making institution dedicated to enriching the lives and enhancing the futures of less fortunate children and youth, families and the

elderly.  The Foundation provides grants and scholarships to a broad range of charitable, religious and educational organizations across the United States. Supported are organizations that improve lives by giving people the tools to become educated, healthy and self-reliant in the areas of education, health care, children and youth programs, social services (food, shelter and clothing) and the Children of Fallen Heroes Program.


The Beaumont Foundation is headed by W. Frank Newton, President and Chief Executive Officer.  Its mission fits right into that of the South Texas Food Bank.  Prior to his involvement with the Beaumont Foundation, Newton was dean and professor of law at Texas Tech University School of Law from 1985-2002.  He was professor of law at the Baylor Law School from 1972-1985. A highly-respected attorney and legal educator, Newton helped devise the Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Account Program which has raised more than $100 million for legal aid services since 1984. Newton was named by Texas Lawyer Magazine as of the 102 most influential Texas lawyers of the century and the State Bar of Texas annually presents an award in his name to lawyers who provide pro bono services.   He has served as president of the State Bard of Texas and is an elected member of the American Bar Foundation and the American Law Institute.  To learn more about the foundation, visit their website.



About the Entertainment

The Commodores are legendary, beginning at Tuskegee Institute in 1968.  They were discovered by Berry Gordy while they were the opening act of the Jackson 5.  They went on to sell more than 60 million records over two decades – the 70s and 80s.  The Commodores racked up a string of hits including Machine Gun, Brick House, Sail On, Oh No, Slippery When Wet, To Hot Ta Trot and many others.


Success, however, was not enough to save them from changes in the music scene.  The departure in 1983 of Lionel Richey, co-lead vocalist along with Walter “Clyde” Orange, might have sunk a lesser group.  The Commodores continued as Commodores 13.  In 1984, before recording Night Shift, they re-established with British-born singer J.D.  Nicholas. Seven years later, the Commodores, with Orange, William “Wak” King and Nicholas began creating new digital recordings of Commodores Classics.  They produced four albums, including Commodores Christmas. The Commodores, maintaining their place among the most successful entertainers in the world, continue to bring the talent and experience of three decades of writing, producing and performing hit music  to a whole new generation of fans. Follow The Commodores on Facebook.


You can watch videos of The Commodores on our You Tube Channel. Read more about the Empty Bowls VIII announcement, click here.



EBVIII Silent Art Auction Artists:


Once again we are have a fantastic line-up of local, regional, national and international artists, who art work will adorn the tables of this year's Empty Bowls Silent Art Auction: 


Nora Barcelo

David Bausmann

Mary Bausmann

Leslie Benavidez

Maria Elena Chemas

Sharon Cruz

Jessica Diez-Barroso

Pancho Farias

Lazaro Ferdin

Sandra Gonzalez

David Grizzle

David Guerra

Armando Hinojosa

Jorge Kurczyn

Linda LaMantia

Elsa Martinez

Norita Montemayor

Arturo Nochebuena

Adriana Nunamaker

Joe Olivares

Francisca Palacios

Josie Pappas

Mary Quiroz

Butch Ramirez

 Laura Salido

Cuate Santos

Diana Virjinia Serna

Christina Zorrilla Speer

Anne Vela


Youth Division:

Cynthia Ruiz Calderon

Jessie Castillo

Erica Escamilla

Silke Gage

Gabriela Guerrero

Anais Perez

Jada Perez

Soleil Perez

Eva Raymond




To read and/or download press release, click here.



Ticket Info:

Sponsorship tables of 10 that include dinner and access to silent auction items are available. Available sponsorship levels below: 


Anniversary: $25,000 (In honor of the 25th anniversary)

Diamond:   $20,000

Platinum:   $10,000

Gold:          $5,000,

Silver:         $2,500

Bronze:      $1,500

Individual table tickets:    $150. 


Sponsorship and/or table tickets are available at the South Texas Food Bank office, 1907 Freight at Riverside or by calling (956) 726-3120 or (956) 324-2432.


Concert only tickets are $10, $15 and $25.  They will be available on June 20,2014 at the LEA box office and via Ticketmaster. Visit Laredo Energy Arena Tickets.




For more information on Empty Bowls VIII please contact STFB Chief Development Officer Cindy Liendo at cliendo@southtexasfoodbank.org or STFB Marketing Director Salo Otero at sotero@southtexasfoodbank.org. Both can be reached at the South Texas Food bank office at (956) 726-3120.




Looking for Event Volunteers!

We are looking for volunteers for this year's Empty Bowls VIII event! Two days available (Aug. 21 & 22, 2014) and flexible shifts! Get more details and to sign up online, click on the btton below:




For more information, contact Pam Guerra at (956) 726-3120 or via e-mail at pguerra@southtexasfoodbank.org

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