By Nichole Seitz
FARGO, N.D. – The Forum’s third floor break room turned into an art studio Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22 and 23, as employees painted ceramic bowls for charity.
Employees were invited to take some time out of their day to visit the break room and unleash their inner Picasso. Tables lined with newspaper served as an easel, the bowl as a canvas. Paint bottles, water cups, brushes and pencils were strewn about just waiting to be used.
“Taking some time out of my day to paint a bowl that will bring in some much needed funds was an easy decision,” said Advertising Consultant Julie Perleburg. “Bowls for Babies is an amazing opportunity for the community to get involved with the March of Dimes program.”
The Forum is not the only local business to participate in this event. Other businesses, artists and students had the chance to create a unique bowl for this event.
Every bowl painted will be returned to the March of Dimes and put on display at the Bowls for Babies event in December. Patrons can purchase tickets for $20 apiece at the door or at any Gate City Bank locations in Fargo; Moorhead, Minn.; and West Fargo, N.D.
Ticket holders select a bowl of their choice and dine on soup donated by local restaurants. Bowls can be taken home and used in the future. The event will be held 11-1:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo.
“The proceeds (from the event) go toward the local (March of Dimes) chapter and they use the money for local programs that go toward the care and prevention of premature births,” said Sara Hawes, multi-media sales consultant with Forum Communications Co.
Hawes, who serves in the North Dakota Chapter of March of Dimes, came up with the idea to participate because she loves the event. After the painting event was announced Hawes received “a lot of interest right away. (You) get to paint at work. It’s like arts and crafts time.”
The Forum is owned by Forum Communications Co., which is a multimedia information company based in Fargo. FCC owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.