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UW-River Falls Hosts “Bowls of Hope” to Combat Homelessness

March 2, 2010--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host "Bowls of Hope," a charity event benefitting Our Neighbors' Place, on Wednesday, March 24, at 5 p.m. in the Riverview Ballroom of the University Center.

"Bowls of Hope" is being held during the week of Dean Van Galen's inauguration as UWRF's eighteenth chancellor. Van Galen's wife, Mary, worked with others, including River Falls Chamber of Commerce CEO Rosanne Bump, and UWRF's Jerry Waller & Karyn Wells, to initiate and plan the project.

UWRF plans to make the event an annual opportunity for the University and the community to work together to assist a local charity. This year, all proceeds from the event will go to Our Neighbors' Place, a River Falls-based aid organization providing shelter and support services to homeless families and individuals of both Pierce and St. Croix counties.

"Mary and I have come to appreciate the strong relationship that exists between the University and the community, and scheduling the event during inauguration highlights that relationship," says Van Galen. "I think it can be a model of what is possible when people work together to make a difference, this year, for Our Neighbors' Place."

Participants will select and keep a handcrafted bowl and enjoy several varieties of soup provided by The Dish & The Spoon Café, Junior's Bar & Restaurant, Grateful Bread, Perkins Family Restaurant, South Fork Café, the West Wind Supper Club, Bo's N Mine, and Sodexo Dining Services.

Bowls for the event are handmade by both local students and artists. Contributors include Robin Kelley's pottery class at River Falls High School, Beth Kenseth's class at Meyer Middle School, Randy Johnston's advanced pottery class at UWRF, and Doug Johnson, Jay Jensen, Wendy Olson, S.C. Rolf, Ingrid Bjerstedt Rogers, Diane Webster, Bob Fritz, and Bob Brodersen.

Live music by local musicians Tommy Bentz & Chris Silver and the Kinni Song Sisters will also be featured during the event.

Chancellor Van Galen is hopeful that the University community will support and reflect on the meaning of the event.

"We often think of higher education as a pathway to personal success, but it should also lead to a commitment to civic engagement and serving others," says Van Galen.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in advance at the River Falls Chamber of Commerce, at Our Neighbors' Place, or at the door. For more information, call 715-425-4444 or visit www.uwrf.edu/inauguration and follow the link to "Bowls of Hope."


Photo cutline L to R: River Falls School District Superintendent Tom Westerhaus and Van Galen with River Falls High School art teacher Robin Kelley and students Sophia Ewens, Lauren Kizlik, and Tabitha Toland as they display bowls in the making.


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