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Bowls for Hope event set for March 6 in River Falls

The ninth annual Bowls for Hope public event held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center.

Each March, UWRF works with the community to raise funds through the event where proceeds raised help a worthy organization make a difference in the St. Croix Valley. This year, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley is the benefiting organization.

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

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," said Agnes Ring, Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley executive director. "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."

Participating restaurants:

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., Chartwells Dining Services at UWRF, West Wind Supper Club, and Whole Earth Grocery.

Artists contributing bowls:

Marilyn Anderson, Donna Badje, Megan Bauman, Eoin Breadon, Cheryl Carter, Ingrid Bjerstedt-Rogers, Roger Evans, Jay Jensen, Randy Johnston, Kinnickinnic Clay Works LLC, Michael Luethmers, Pat McCardle, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Wendy Olson, S.C. Rolf, Rhonda Willers, 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.

Nan Jordahl will provide live piano music throughout the evening.

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