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Attendees select bowls made by local artists during the Bowls for Hope event at UW-River Falls March 10, 2015. The event raised $6,225 for BRIDGE for Community Life, Inc. Since its inception in 2010, Bowls for Hope has raised more than $34,000 for local charitable organizations.

Bowls For Hope

7th Annual Bowls for Hope Event to Benefit Assistance and Resource Center (ARC)

Early each year the University of Wisconsin-River Falls works with the community to raise funds through the Bowls for Hope event in which proceeds raised help a worthy organization make a difference in the St. Croix Valley. This year, Assistance and Resource Center, Inc. (ARC) has been selected as the benefiting organization. 

The 2016 Bowls for Hope event is Tuesday, March 8, from 5-7 p.m. at UW-River Falls. 

Assistance and Resource Center, Inc. (ARC)
ARC logoARC provides short-term financial assistance to members of the community to help meet basic needs and provide access to additional resources. ARC believes that we are a community of neighbors who should care for one another in times of need.

"The board members of ARC are incredibly honored and humbled to be this year's Bowls for Hope recipient," said Paige Miller, a grant writer and ARC board member. "More than the provision of financial assistance to families and individuals in need, ARC's vision is to create, at some small level, both a greater sense of dignity and hope for those we directly serve and also solidarity in the community at large.  We know, however, that we couldn't do the work we do without the support of a variety of agencies and fundraisers--like Bowls for Hope."

For more information on Assistance & Resource Center, Inc., visit

Bowls for Hope event
For an entrance fee of $25/adult and $5/children age 12 and under, participants at the event may select and keep a bowl created in ceramic, pottery, fibers, wood and glass studio classes at UWRF, River Falls High School, Meyer Middle School, the Renaissance Academy, or by area artists. Attendees may also sample, at no extra charge, soups donated and served by area restaurants. Guests have the opportunity to vote for their favorite soup. This year, a "Chefs' Choice Award" will be awarded to the soup favored by the chefs participating in the event.

Tickets can be purchased at the River Falls Chamber of Commerce (215 West Maple Street) or the UWRF Chancellor's Office in 116 North Hall. For questions in regards to advanced ticket sales, call 715-425-3201. Tickets will also be available at the door. Purchasing tickets in advance will guarantee a bowl.

Participating restaurants are:
Belle Vinez, Bo's 'N Mine, Copper Kettle, Dish and the Spoon Café, Kilkarney Hills, Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery, River Falls Hospital Sodexo Dining Services, Riverwalk Event Room & Kitchen, South Fork Café, UWRF Chartwells Dining Services, West Wind Supper Club, and Whole Earth Grocery. 

Artists contributing bowls are:
Marilyn Anderson, Donna Badje, Ingrid Bjerstedt-Rogers, Katie Burce, Roger Evans, Cathi Herriman, Jay Jensen, Doug Johnson, Randy Johnston, Jennifer King, Michael Luethmers, Pat McCardle, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Wendy Olson, Doug Peterson, S.C. Rolf, Scott Zeinert, Rhonda Willers, Randy Johnston's ceramic classes at UWRF, Eoin Breadon's Glass Studio Class, Renaissance Academy classes taught by Anne Buchholz and Kyle Stapleton, River Falls High School pottery classes taught by Gina Pedriana-Basche, and Kelyn King's class at Meyer Middle School.

For further information, email Mary Van Galen at



2016 Event Information

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
5-7 p.m.
University Center Ballroom
UW-River Falls


Adult tickets are $25 each,
children 12 and under are $5 each.