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Art, culinary event raises scholarship funds

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About $10,000 was raised at Sunday's Art & Culinary Show, sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Richmond.

The event, in its fourth year, had fewer ticket buyers this year due to the economy, but about the same amount of money was raised for STRIVE scholarships, according to Jo Wrich, an event organizer.

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The evening was filled with food samples from area restaurants and businesses, wine and alcohol samples, art displays and demonstrations, entertainment and a live auction. There were also several cooking demonstrations by local chefs Randy Calleja and J.V. Zontelli.

Proceeds from the event help fund the Rotary's STRIVE scholarship program. STRIVE provides students who may not have the highest grade point average an incentive to improve their GPA during their senior year. Scholarships are awarded to those who bump up their GPA by one point and who participate in mentorship opportunities throughout the year.

Artists involved include James and Susan Davis, tatted cards; Bridget Foust, graphite, pencil drawings; Carl and Sandy Holman, metal sculpture; Christy Schwartz, pastel on paper; Margaret Rivard, acrylic; Julie Adams, acrylic and collage on canvas; Jesse and Dave Gavin, iron hand forged and wood; Marsie Danielson, oil; Karla Faith Ness, pastel on paper; Allie Ness, acrylic on canvas; Signe Shores, acrylic on canvas; Gail Dalzell, silver wrap jewelry; Lauren Edwards, stained glass; Connie Burch, pastel; Dave Geister, oil; Judy Paulson, mixed media; Genie Castro, mixed media; and David Johnson, photography.

Culinary participants are Acapulco, Stillwater; Agave Kitchen, Hudson; Bean Bag Coffee House, New Richmond; Bellarietta Bistro, New Richmond; Champs, New Richmond; Family Fresh, New Richmond; Hammond Hotel, Hammond; Joseph's, Stillwater; Ready Randy's, New Richmond; Suzanna's, New Richmond; Star Prairie Trout Farm, Star Prairie; T's Meat Market, New Richmond; Tangled Up In Blue, St. Croix Falls; and West Wind Supper Club, River Falls.

Wrich said she wanted to thank Randy Calleja for his donation of the use of his restaurant and kitchen to make the event possible.

"Wwe have received numerous comments from the culinary participants that they appreciate the use of his wonderful facilities," she said. "Can you imagine, 15 cooks in one kitchen."

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