2018 BFH pic

Photo: The West Wind Supper Club’s Cider Beer Cheese Soup won the People’s Choice Award for favorite soup of the evening at this year’s Bowls for Hope charity event which raised $6,500 for Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley. Photo by Kathy M Helgeson/UWRF Communications.

Bowls for Hope

Bowls for Hope

Bowls for Hope event invites charitable organization requests


Each year 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 nonprofit organization make a difference in the St. Croix Valley. Applications are now open for the 2019 recipient of this charity event.

The 2019 Bowls for Hope event is Tuesday, March 5, from 5-7 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom in the University Center.

To be considered for the 2019 Bowls for Hope proceeds to benefit your St. Croix Valley nonprofit organization, complete the 2019 Request for Funds form (link located in the upper left). Interested charitable organizations should submit their requests online by Monday, Dec. 3.

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 starting in mid January. 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.

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, 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, Megan Bauman, Ingrid Bjerstedt-Rogers, Eoin Breadon, Bob Brodersen, Tom Caflish, 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, Rhonda Willers and Scott Zeinert.

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 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



Open to the public!


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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 available at the door!