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Habitat for Humanity throws Hoedown for Homes

Kaitlyn Riley



Free food, live music and square dancing. It’s all going down at the Hoedown for Homes.

All that’s needed is you.

If Habitat for Humanity’s Hoedown for Homes can get 100 people in attendance, it’ll mean a big donation.

Thrivent Financial, partnered with Habitat for Humanity, will donate $5,000 if the hoedown gets those 100 people.

The event, meant to help increase awareness for Habitat’s Faith Build Program, is free. It will go from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Hortsmann Homestead in West Salem, Wis. (map).

“Habitat for Humanity builds anywhere from four to six homes at this point in our area, so we are starting to target specific audiences to build specific homes,” Community Outreach Coordinator Pam Hartwell said.

Those interested are asked to RSVP to get an appropriate count for food.

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 both 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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