Barbara Lyons

When planning began late last year, hopes were high that it would be possible to hold Stepping Stones of Dunn County’s Empty Bowls 2022 again as an in-person event.

Enter Omicron. Despite reports that the latest variant of COVID-19 may be on the decline, things were still uncertain in the Midwest. To ensure everyone’s health and safety, the planning committee has instead decided to make this year’s annual fundraiser a drive-in event.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, ticket holders can drop by Menomonie High School, 1715 Fifth Avenue, to pick up their special lunch (and bowls) to enjoy at home while donating Stepping Stones much-needed support as we continue to help our neighbors in need.

To place an order before the 5 p.m. deadline on Thursday, March 24, visit www.steppingstonesdc.org. Tickets are non-refundable and purchases must be picked up on the day of the event.

Online tickets are now on sale for lunch to go – a hearty bowl of delicious soup accompanied by a freshly baked roll and dessert – plus a special thank you gift in each bag for $10. Bowls handcrafted by local potters and woodturners will also be on display during the event for those who choose the $20 bowl lunch option.

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While savoring their soup, people are bidding on a fabulous range of treasures, most of them donated by individuals and local businesses during the Empty Bowls 2022 online auction, which starts at 9 a.m. on March 26 and will end at 9 p.m. on Saturday. April 2. A preview of some of the items, including a signed Green Bay Packers football, will be unveiled throughout the month.

Barbara Lyon is the Communications Specialist for Stepping Stones of Dunn County. She can be reached at [email protected] or 715-235-2920, ext. 206.

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