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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Last Tuesday, March 25, FRC Team 3313 Mechatronics made an appearance at United Way's "Empty Bowls" Charity event.

This event helps fight hunger at a local level. They have a huge selection of homemade pottery from the pottery classes at Jefferson High School which people could buy along with tickets for the chili that was served to feed all of the hungry mouths of the masses. Performances by many groups entertained the people, from smooth jazz, to belly dancers, to the awesome robots at the entrance.
While setting up we noticed how low the ceiling was and were immediately discouraged. It was almost too low to shoot out ball, it could go right into the ceiling and Jefferson High School has had enough beatings from it's many years and didn't need any more. But the people were waiting and expecting a show, so we ultimately just said "what's the worst that could happen?". We gave Karl the OK to drop the hammer and it just barley brushed the ceiling. So we were able to have a lot of fun showing what Thor can do, only knocking a couple of ceiling tiles. Once again it was another fun day in the world of robotics.

The Empty Bowls Fundraiser ended up raising over $7000 for the hungry in Douglas and Pope County. Yet again, our community shows its generosity and willingness to help others.

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