Bowls for Hope 2018 WinnerThe 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.

Bowls for Hope event raises $6,500 for Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley

April 9, 2018 -The ninth annual Bowls for Hope event held March 6 at UW-River Falls raised $6,500 for Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley. Each year UWRF collaborates with the community to raise funds through Bowls for Hope for a worthy organization that makes a difference in the St. Croix Valley.

"Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley appreciates the generosity of the artists, restaurants, UWRF volunteers, and the community that contributed to the success of the UWRF Bowls for Hope event,” said Executive Director Agnes Ring. “As the recipient of the 2018 Bowls for Hope proceeds, Family Resource Center will use the funds to meet eligible emergency needs of families with young children enrolled in our home visiting program. Every dollar spent in the flex fund program for home visiting families will be matched by the Family Foundation Home Visiting program.”

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

Special this year were the featured Bowls from Two Hearts made by Bob Brodersen from clay that belonged to the late Doug Johnson.

Participating restaurants providing and serving soup were Belle Vinez, Bo's 'N Mine, Copper Kettle, Junior’s Restaurant and Tap House, Kilkarney Hills, Kinni View Deli at Riverwalk Square, Mei Mei’s Cookies, River Falls Area Hospital Dining Services, Swinging Bridge Brewing Co., UWRF Chartwells Dining Services, West Wind Supper Club, and WE Market Co-op.

Pickles were donated by Oh Snap Pickles. Piano music for the evening was provided by Nan Jordahl. Live radio coverage was provided by WRFW-FM.

To date, Bowls for Hope has raised more than $52,500 for local charitable organizations.

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