Bowls for Hope 2011

Bowls for Hope Event Raised Funds for Kinnickinnic Backpack Program

The 2011 Bowls for Hope took place on campus on March 22 in the University Center's Riverview Ballroom.

The event benefited the Kinnickinnic Backpack Program which brought in more than $4,700 with over 220 guests in attendance.  

The program is a River Falls-based charity that fills backpacks with food for approximately 50 elementary age children in need on the weekends during the school year.  Led by a group of volunteers, the program's participants are identified by school administrators and teachers.  Backpacks are filled with nonperishable items along with vouchers for meat, milk and produce.  Proceeds from Bowls for Hope will be used to purchase vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables.

"We are grateful for the strong relationship between the university and the community, and for the support of last year's event," says Mary Van Galen, wife of Chancellor Dean Van Galen and an event organizer.  "The Kinnickinnic Backpack Program also addresses a very important need, and we are hopeful that we will have strong participation again this year."

Attendees selected a bowl handcrafted by local artists, and enjoyed a sample of soup donated by area restaurants.  Soups were provided by Bo's-N-Mine, Coach's Bar & Grill, Copper Kettle, Dish & The Spoon Café, Earth Angels, Grateful Bread, Junior's Bar & Grill, Perkins Family Restaurant, Sodexo Dining Services, South Fork Café, West Wind Supper Club and the Whole Earth Co-op.

Bowls for the event were handmade by both local students and artists. Contributors included Doug Johnson, Ingrid Bjerstedt-Rogers, Bob Fritz, S.C. Rolf, Diane Webster, Bob Brodersen, Wendy Olson, John Onkka, Ben Gavin, Jay Jensen, Kurt Wild, Jennifer King, Mark Tomlinson, Dan Nistler, Scott Zeinert, Randy Johnston's class at UW River Falls, Anne Buchholz's class at The Renaissance Academy, River Falls High School Pottery classes by Gina Pedriana-Basche and Wynn Davis, Beth Kenseth's class at Meyer Middle School and Greenwood Teacher's Pottery Class by Robin Kelley.

Live entertainment was provided throughout the evening by Stolen Moments Jazz Quartet and the River Falls High School Choral Department.