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'Soup in the Studio' set for March 8 at Muddy Waters

The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, Muddy Waters Clay Center and Global Friends Coalition will team up March 8 to provide an evening of food, fun and fundraising in Grand Forks.

The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, Muddy Waters Clay Center and Global Friends Coalition will team up March 8 to provide an evening of food, fun and fundraising in Grand Forks.

Soup in the Studio will be held at Muddy Waters Clay Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Live music will be provided by African Arts Arena. All proceeds benefit Global Friends Coalition.

Global Friends Coalition hopes to establish this fundraiser as a signature event through collaboration with Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, Muddy Waters Clay Center, and African Arts Arena, a news release said. As a lifetime member of Global Friends Coalition, Don Miller initiated the soup bowl fundraiser about 20 years ago. During those years, the bowls were made at UND where Miller is a UND Department of Art and Design faculty member.

This year the event will take place at Muddy Waters Clay Center, where Miller is a founding member.

"Making bowls, sharing a meal, and supporting our local community is a natural fit for Muddy Waters Clay Center," Miller said.

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Global Friends Coalition is a not-for-profit that works to foster New American integration into the Grand Forks community.

"All proceeds from the Soup in the Studio will go towards our Guiding New Americans to Success mentoring and tutoring program. We have 60 volunteers serving approximately 130 New Americans," said Program Director Cynthia Shabb. "This is a vibrant organization meeting a need in the community."

Executive director Stacey Heggen of Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals said the organization was excited to collaborate with other community groups for a great cause.

"Soup in the Studio is a wonderful way for everyone in Grand Forks to come together and experience some of the arts and culture that the city has to offer while giving back," Heggen said.

Soup in the Studio is open to the public. All ages are welcome. African Arts Arena will perform four percussion pieces. The event is also being supported by Happy Harry's Bottle Shops. Info: www.soupin

thestudio.com.

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