Silent Auction 2018

The second annual silent auction at the 2018 Bowls for Hope charity event raised, with ticket sales, a total of $6,500 for Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley.

Bowls for Hope

Bowls for Hope

RF Sunshine Fund

10th Annual Bowls for Hope to benefit River Falls Sunshine Fund

Each March the University of Wisconsin-River Falls works with the community to raise funds through the Bowls for Hope event where proceeds raised help a worthy organization make a difference in the St. Croix Valley. River Falls Sunshine Fund has been selected as the benefiting organization this year.

The 10th Annual Bowls for Hope event is Tuesday, March 5, from 5-7 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center at UW-River Falls. Everyone is invited to take part in this community event.

River Falls Sunshine Fund is a compassionate high school student lead nonprofit organization that offers help to families and students in the greater River Falls area in times of crisis. The organization offers support when family members pass, battle cancer, or have other hardships in their daily lives by providing gas cards, meal vouchers, and other forms of support.

The 2018 Bowls for Hope event raised $6,500 for Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley. Since 2010, Bowls for Hope has raised more than $52,500 for local charitable organizations. 

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

Tickets can be purchased at the River Falls Chamber of Commerce, 215 W. Maple Street, at the Chancellor's Office in 116 North Hall or at the Information Desk in the University Center. For questions regarding advance ticket sales, call 715-425-3201. Tickets are also available at the door. Purchasing tickets in advance will guarantee a bowl.

Silent Auction
We will be showcasing a silent auction. The auction will feature roughly a dozen items donated by our artists. Items will need to be paid for the evening of the event with cash or check. 

2018 Soup Winners  
Guests voted for their favorite soup of the evening and the winner of the People's Choice Award went to The West Wind Supper Club for their Cider Beer Cheese. The restaurant owners and chef's also voted for their favorite of the night. The winner of the Chef's Choice Award was the Roasted Red Pepper Bisque from Mei Mei's Cookies.

Participating Restaurants
Belle Vinez, Bo's 'N Mine, Copper Kettle, Junior's Restaurant and Tap House, Kilkarney Hills, Kinni Cafe, Mei Mei's Cookies, River Falls Area Hospital Dining Services, UWRF Chartwells Dining Services, West Wind Supper Club, and WE Market Co-op.

Artists Contributing Bowls
Marilyn Anderson, Donna Badje, Ingrid Bjerstedt-Rogers, Eoin Breadon, Bob Brodersen, Tom Caflisch, Cheryl Carter, Patrick Casanova, Roger Evans, Jay Jensen, Randy Johnston, Kinnickinnic Clayworks, LLC, Michael Luethmers, Pat McCardle, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Wendy Olson, S.C. Rolf and Rhonda Willers. 

Michael Helke's ceramic classes at UWRF, Eoin Breadon's glass studio classes at UWRF, Renaissance Academy classes taught by Kyle Stapleton, River Falls High School ceramic classes taught by Taylor Berman and Kelyn King's class at Meyer Middle School.

Special again this year are bowls made by Bob Brodersen from clay that belonged to the late Doug Johnson. 

For further information, email Mary Van Galen at



Community invited to attend!


2019 Event Information

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

Admission:  $25 per adult,
$5 per child 12 and under.

Tickets also available at the door!