The public is invited to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church this Sunday, April 6, for an Empty Bowls luncheon fundraiser that will benefit mission programs that have long been personal causes of two residents of Ridgefield. The residents and their missions are: Dr. Randall Baldwin and Cape CARES, which provides free medical and dental services to the rural poor in Honduras, and Stephen Becroft and the Anglican Parish of Bom Samaritano (Good Samaritan) in Mozambique.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. in St. Stephen’s North Hall. It includes a choice of soups, bread and dessert for $10 ($5 for children) and the sale of one-of-a-kind pottery bowls created by Mr. Becroft in a variety of sizes and prices.
Dr. Baldwin, who practiced dentistry in Ridgefield until his retirement in May 2013, has been volunteering with Cape CARES since 1991 and is now president of that organization. Cape CARES honored him for his service at its 25th anniversary celebration in October 2013.
Mr. Becroft, president of Connecticut Clay Artists, has been doing volunteer work in Mozambique since 1998. “Bom Samaritano funds a mini-loan program that helps its parishioners build small businesses,” he said. “It also supports the construction of small rural churches, which typically serve as community centers as well as places of worship.”