Bowls for hope 2017

Patrons of the Bowls For Hope event search the table of bowls to find the perfect one to keep. The 2017 event raised $6,000 for Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County - Moolah for Milk Program. Since its inception in 2010, Bowls for Hope has raised more than $46,000 for local charitable organizations.

Bowls for Hope

Bowls for Hope

Bowls for Hope event 

9th Annual Bowls for Hope event to benefit Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley

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. This year, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley has been selected as the benefiting organization. 

The Bowls for Hope is Tuesday, March 6, from 5-7 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center at UW-River Falls. Tickets are now on sale.

Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley is a nonprofit organization that offers free parent education and family support to families in Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties. Its mission is to strengthen children, families, and communities by offering education, resources, and support.

“It is an honor to be named the recipient of UWRF’s 2018 March Bowls for Hope event.  Our board and staff are excited to participate. We appreciate the generosity of all the volunteers from the university, local artists, and restaurants in bringing people together in support of children and families through the work of Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley,” said Executive Director Agnes Ring. “The proceeds from this event will help make it possible to meet emergency needs of families who are enrolled in our home visiting program. Our parent educators work with families one-on-one to understand child development stages and improve parenting skills.”  

The 2017 Bowls for Hope event raised $6,000 for Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County - Moolah for Milk Program. Since 2010, Bowls for Hope has raised more than $46,000 for St. Croix Valley 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 classes at UWRF, River Falls High School, Meyer Middle School, the Renaissance Academy, or by area artists. 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 again this year. 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. 

Participating Restaurants
Belle Vinez, Bo's 'N Mine, Copper Kettle, Junior's Restaurant & 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 Whole Earth Grocery.

Artists Contributing Bowls
Marilyn Anderson, Donna Badje, Megan Bauman, Ingrid Bjerstedt-Rogers, Eoin Breadon, Bob Brodersen, Cheryl Carter, 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.

Rhonda Willer'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!

2018 Event Information

Tuesday, March 6
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!