Each year, UWRF works with the community to raise funds through Bowls for Hope for a worthy organization that makes a difference in the St. Croix Valley. The 2014 event will be held on Wednesday, March 12.
Grow to Share, Inc. has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Bowls for Hope event. Grow to Share, Inc., is a non-profit community garden in River Falls that believes everyone should have access to fresh, locally grown food. To accomplish this, food is grown in local community gardens and donated to food pantries and shelters throughout the area. Grow to Share also hosts event days to learn more about gardening.
This year's event is a zero footprint event made possible by the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development (SCISCD) in support of Grow to Share.
For an entrance fee of $20/adult and $5/children 12 and under, participants will select and keep a bowl that was created by an artist. Artists contributing bowls include Doug Johnson, Ingrid Bjerstedt-Rogers, S.C. Rolf, Diane Webster, Joe Singwald, Doug Peterson, Bob Brodersen, Wendy Olson, Ben Gavin, Jay Jensen, Jennifer King, Michael Luethmers, Matt Howie, Steve Zalusky, Scott Zeinert, Randy Johnston, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Randy Johnston's class at UWRF, Anne Buchholz's class at the Renaissance Academy, River Falls High School pottery classes taught by Gina Pedriana-Basche, and Kelyn King's class at Meyer Middle School.
Attendees can sample, at no extra charge, soups donated and served by area restaurants. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite soup of the evening. Participating restaurants include UWRF Sodexo Dining Services, Dish & the Spoon Café, Juniors Bar & Restaurant, Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub, Perkins Family Restaurant, South Fork Café, West Wind Supper Club, Bo's N Mine, Copper Kettle, Coach's Bar & Grill, Kilkarney Hills, Whole Earth Grocery, and River Falls Hospital Sodexo Dining Services.
The 2013 Bowls for Hope event raised $6,385 for the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties. To date, Bowls for Hope has raised more than $21,000 for local charitable organizations.