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New Horizons stages big money contest to raise awareness for domestic violence

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While people all over America have been chasing big lottery jackpots, some in La Crosse got a chance at a smaller bundle of cash this week.

The New Horizons women’s shelter offered a $20,000 grand prize for people attending an event marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Patty Nuttleman, New Horizons development director, said the giveaway was a way to lighten the mood of the event at Copeland Park.

“Bring a little levity to, kind of, a dark topic,” Nuttleman said. “But, then to also provide something  dangle money out there, which usually does get people’s attention. And, it was quite successful, actually, in getting the community to engage in domestic violence awareness.”

Three had a shot at the $20,000  and a second prize of $1,000  but all ended up winning $250 gift cards, instead. Madelyn Gustafson (pictured above) came the closest to winning $20,000.

New Horizons is also looking for boutique and housekeeping volunteers.

If interested, contact Maddie at [email protected] or 608.791.2610 ext. 1301.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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