‘Bidding’ a fond farewell to Empty Bowls 2020!
In the face of a global pandemic, many of our favorite events were cancelled — among them Empty Bowls. But creative minds and many willing volunteers found ways to keep the spirit of one of Stepping Stones’ most popular annual fundraisers alive.
We kicked things off by offering some of the beautiful bowls created by local potters, students and other artisans along with a lovely variety of handmade quilts for sale at our booth at the Menomonie Farmers Market throughout the summer. Thanks so much to all the folks who generously donated the “fruits” of their labors and, of course, to all of you who so generously purchased them!
And many thanks go to everyone who placed bids in our first-ever online Empty Bowls auction that featured many fine items that had already been donated for the silent auction before the first shutdown order in March. Siri Benrud’s professional photos really enhanced the look of the site. Lots of excitement was generated, especially in the last few hours before the week-long auction officially closed at 9 p.m. on Oct. 4th. Once again, the generosity of the donors — CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST — and the bidders ensure the success of our maiden effort!
Finally, we are so very grateful our wonderful sponsors!
Golden Ladle ($1,000)
Silver Spoon ($750)
Bronze Bowl ($500)
Burstad Insurance – Monte & Penny Burstad
Copper Kettle ($250)
Bill’s Distributing Dana Brunstrom CPA LLC Marshfield Clinic New Life Lutheran Church
State Farm Insurance-Jackie Hunt Agency Xcel Energy Gale & Dixie Chermack Karen Miller & Suzanne Gaines
Pewter Cup ($100)
Citizens State Bank Leipnitz Dental People’s State Bank Bob and Helen Redlich Royal Credit Union
Wire Whisk ($50)
Marion and Warren Lang
Thanks to everyone for all of your support!
What’s Happening at Stepping Stones!
Stepping Stones is temporarily CLOSED to all Walk-Ins. Only staff & volunteers are permitted in the building. Thank you for your understanding.
The Food Pantry is OPEN 4 days a week for curbside pick-up of pre-packed boxes/bags only. Anyone in need of food is welcome!
Hours have not changed, just days — Monday: 11:00 – 2:00; Wednesday: 3:00 – 6:00; Friday: 11:00 – 2:00; Saturday: 10:00 – Noon
We have plenty of food! We have reduced the number of pick up days to allow volunteers enough time to pack boxes and to reduce the number of volunteers we need.
IF YOU NEED OTHER HELP: If you need some other type of assistance or know someone who does (shelter, emergency financial assistance, etc.) please call or email us: 715.235.2920 firstname.lastname@example.org We will reply within one business day.
FOOD DONATIONS: Donations of food and/or personal care products can now be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 am-4 pm. Although closed to walk-in visitors, Stepping Stones’ front entry is open for donation drop-offs. If you’d like us to unload the donation for you, please have it in your trunk, call us or ring the doorbell on the pantry door or front door, open your trunk, and then wait in your vehicle — in order to minimize contact for the safety of all of us.
FINANCIAL DONATIONS: If you’d like to make an online donation, please click on the DONATE button above. You can also all us, and we can process a credit card over the phone; or mail your donation to: Stepping Stones, 1602 Stout Rd., Menomonie, WI 54751
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