In recognition of the strong partnership between the University and the St. Croix Valley, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is hosting the third annual "Bowls for Hope" event on the UWRF campus on TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012. Each year, UWRF works with the community to raise funds for a worthy organization that makes a difference in the St. Croix Valley. The recipient this year will be the River Falls Community Food Pantry.
For an entrance fee of $20 per adult and $5 for children 12 & under, participants at the "Bowls for Hope" event will select and keep a bowl that was created in ceramic/pottery classes at UWRF, River Falls High School, Meyer Middle School, Renaissance Academy. Local artists contributing bowls include Doug Johnson, Ingrid Bjerstedt-Rogers, Bob Fritz, S.C. Rolf, Diane Webster, Joe Singwald, Doug Peterson, Bob Brodersen, Wendy Olson, John Onkka, Ben Gavin, Jay Jensen, Jennifer King, Michael Luethmers, Mark Tomlinson, Dan Nistler, Scott Zeinert, Randy Johnston, Jan McKeachie-Johnston and Robin Kelley.
In March 2010, area restaurants, businesses, local artists and musicians, River Falls School District, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls came together to raise funds during the inaugural Bowls for Hope Event. This inaugural event generated $5,000 in donations for Our Neighbor's Place. In its second year, more than $4,700 was raised from the Bowls for Hope event for the Kinnickinnic Backpack Program with more than 220 guests in attendance.
Samples of soup donated and served by area restaurants will be enjoyed by participants at the event. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite soup of the evening.
Participating restaurants include: Sodexo Dining Services, Dish & The Spoon Café, Junior's Bar & Grill, Grateful Bread, Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Perkins Family Restaurant, South Fork Café, West Wind Supper Club, Bo's N Mine, Copper Kettle, Coach's, Whole Earth Co-op, Earth Angels and Mainstreeter Bar & Grill.
Entertainment: Portage, a locally known band.
Tickets can be purchased at the River Falls Chamber of Commerce office or by contacting the Chancellor's office at (715) 425-3201. Tickets will also be available at the door. Purchasing tickets in advance will guarantee a bowl.