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Ashley for the Arts donates over $590,000 to non-profits

Kaitlyn Riley

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Ashley for the Arts promised to donate over $590,000 to non-profit organizations following their 11th annual music and art festival held in Arcadia’s Memorial Park August 8-11.

The amount exceeds the festival’s 2018 donation. Proceeds will benefit more than 60 participating non-profit organizations, 28 of which are area school districts.

The success of the 11th annual event may be credited to a newly expanded Main Stage area with added walkways, two new parking lots and improved cell service to accommodate the growing crowd.

Four of the 28 participating school districts performed on the Millennium Amphitheater Stage throughout the day: Whitehall High School Choir, Out of the Blue (G-E-T), Cochrane-Fountain City High School Choir and Arcadia High School Jazz Ensemble.

Ashley for the Arts said more than 4,000 volunteer shifts were required to pull off the event.

The 2020 festival will be held August 6-8.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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