Alli Ortega Empty Bowls fundraiser at SCC is Nov. 28

Alli Ortega Empty Bowls fundraiser at SCC is Nov. 28

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2018) — “Alli started every day with a smile, and lived a life of kindness, volunteerism and generosity,” said David Ortega, father of Alli Ortega, who passed away at age 31 in 2014. Continuing her spirit, the annual Alli Ortega Empty Bowls event raises funds to fight local hunger and brings awareness to food scarcity issues. For more than 20 years, Scottsdale Community College has hosted the event.

This year, it is Wed., Nov. 28, in the Student Center Cafeteria.

The community event, which is free to attend and open to the public, sells handmade ceramic bowls and a modest meal for $10, with proceeds going to Vista del Camino Social Services. Vista del Camino assists Scottsdale residents in crisis with basic needs and relief for economic and emotional stress.

This year’s event will feature handmade bowls made by middle-school and high school students in the Scottsdale Unified and Paradise Valley Unified School Districts, Scottsdale Senior Centers, Delta Kappa Gamma and local artisans.

In addition to SCC and the school districts, community partners involved in the event are:

  • City of Scottsdale Human Services Department
  • Scottsdale Community Partners
  • Scottsdale Arts
  • Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club

Dedicated to the spirit of volunteerism, this program is named in memory of Alli Ortega, who was a local artist, City of Scottsdale employee, and loyal Empty Bowls volunteer.

A brief program begins at noon, with remarks from Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, representatives from partnering organizations, and the Ortega Family.

Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or as long as quantities last). Ceramic bowls will be sold until 6 p.m.

If you’re not able to attend the event, we encourage you to donate at

If you go

When: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (food served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Where: Scottsdale Community College Cafeteria, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. See campus map

Cost: $10 for most bowls (includes food if bought from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Specialty bowls will be priced as marked.

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