August 18, 2017

South Texas Food Bank - Empty Bowls XI ::

Date: Friday August 18, 2017
Time: TBA

The South Texas Food Bank
Changes Sound
for their 11th Edition of

Empty Bowls
Friday, August 18

For immediate release – 3/8/2017

LAREDO, TX (March 8,  2017) — After 10 years of classic rock and R&B sounds, the South Texas Food Bank Board decided to change the sound of their staple fundraiser event, Empty Bowls XI, which is set to take place at the Laredo Energy Arena on Friday, August 18, 2017. This year’s band will be the Tex-Mex Power Rock trio, Los Lonely Boys.

Tickets on Sale Friday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m.

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Ticket Prices: $25 | $15 | $10
(Facility Fee Included)

Tickets available at the LEA Box Office, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000

Sponsorship Tables of 10
Diamond $20,000
Platinum $10,000
Gold $5,000
Silver $2,500
Bronze $1,500
Individual table tickets are $150

(includes dinner and access to silent auction items)

Table Tickets are available at the South Texas Food Bank office located at 1907 Freight at Riverside.

The announcement was made on Wednesday, March 8 at the LEA by the South Texas Food Bank Board President Erasmo Villarreal and Empty Bowls Committee Chairs Leslie Benavides and Kevin Romo. Food bank board members, STFB Executive Director Alma Boubel, and food bank staff members were among the media that attended the event.

The South Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls has aimed to both create awareness about the realities of hunger and to celebrate the generosity of those individuals, businesses and organizations that have impacted and furthered the food bank’s mission of feeding the hungry in South Texas.

“We wanted to change things up a bit for Empty Bowls XI,” STFB Empty Bowls Co-Chair Kevin Romo said. “Since its inception, we have featured “classic oldies” bands, but this year we thought it would be a good idea to try something different – a band that appeals to both young and old.”

He also noted that this year’s Empty Bowls will feature other fun surprises that event attendees will surely enjoy.

“Empty Bowls is a celebration of both generosity and of the dynamic spirit of our South Texas communities, this is why we believe that Los Lonely Boys are a perfect fit for this event,” concluded Romo.

“Empty Bowls is our largest fundraiser event of the year. Our non-profit organization depends highly on fundraising events to continue providing for our community. Thanks to the support that we received from all our donors and supporters, we were able to distribute over 10 million pounds of food throughout our eight county service area last fiscal year (2015-2016), “said South Texas Food Bank Board President Erasmo Villarreal.

“We are grateful to everyone who has helped us to make this event a success: from our supporters who buy tables, the fans that buy concert tickets, the businesses and wonderful artists that donate their talent to our auction; and volunteers,” Leslie Benavides, STFB Empty Bowls Co-Chair added.

The event includes: a dinner, a benefit concert and a silent auction featuring artworks from both local and regional artists.

Sponsorship tables of 10 that include dinner and access to silent auction items are available. There are different levels of sponsorship available: Diamond $20,000, Platinum $10,000, Gold $5,000, Silver $2,500 and Bronze $1,500. Individual table tickets are $150.  Table Tickets are available at the South Texas Food Bank office located at 1907 Freight at Riverside.

Concert only tickets are $10, $15 and $25.  Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 31, 2017 at 10 A.M.  and will be available at the LEA Box office,, Select Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

About Los Lonely Boys
Hailing from San Angelo, Texas,  the Grammy Award winning band Los Lonely Boys are in the forefront of a music style they like to call "Texican Rock n' Roll" - a sound that combines elements of different music genres such as Texas blues, country, Tejano, and Latino and American rock ‘n’ roll.

The Texas trio consists of three brothers: Henry (guitar, vocals), Jojo (bass, vocals), and Ringo (drums, vocals) Garza. They are proud to note that they follow in the music tradition of their father, Ringo Garza, Sr., who formed the conjunto band, Los Falcones with his brothers. Los Falcones played conjunto music throughout south Texas during the 1970s and 1980s.

Their debut single, "Heaven", was a massive success; it reached #1 on the Billboard AC charts and propelled sales of the album. In 2005, the single was nominated for, and won, the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The second single, "More Than Love", was also nominated for a Grammy in the same category in 2006. The music and sound of Los Lonely Boys has become a staple of the Texas sound.

Los Lonely Boys have produced a total of eight studio albums -Revelation, being their latest release – plus several live recordings, holiday and compilations albums. The band has recorded and performed with music legends like Carlos Santana and Willie Nelson.

After a couple of personal setbacks, Los Lonely Boys are back on the road this year with their nationwide Revelation tour to the delight of the thousands of fans, who have been waiting to see them in concert.

For more information about Los Lonely Boys, visit their official website:

About the South Texas Food Bank
The South Texas Food Bank is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate hunger in the eight-county service area in the south Texas area by collecting and distributing food through partner agencies and programs while creating awareness and educating the community on the realities of hunger. The food bank serves an average of 28,000 families; 8,875 elderly; and 1,600 children per month throughout their eight-county service area: Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Maverick, Dimmit, Val Verde, Kinney and Starr. South Texas Food Bank Food pantries can be found in communities like Laredo, Zapata, Hebbronville, Eagle Pass, Brackettville, Del Rio, Roma, Rio Grande City and other rural communities.


For more information:
Angie Osterman, Marketing Specialist
Tel: 956-726-3120 or 956-857-4627

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