Record-setting Ashley for the Arts raises more than $635,000 for 65 area nonprofits
Beneficiaries include 32 school districts
ARCADIA, Wis. (WKBT) – Ashley for the Arts chalked up a record-setting year, generating more than $635,000 to support 65 area nonprofit organizations, organizers reported Thursday.
The beneficiaries include 32 area school districts.
Ashley Furniture Industries sponsors the annual event in Memorial Park in Arcadia, which took place Aug. 13-14 and featured nearly 100 art and craft fair vendors displaying and selling their wares.
An inflatable air park kept kids of all ages jumping for hours on end.
Blondie Blue and the Memories kicked off the weekend, with the Marshall Tucker Band as the first-night mainliners, who filled the park. Other main stage headliners included Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Barenaked Ladies, Foreigner, Switchfoot, Jefferson Starship, Clare Dunn, and Them Coulee Boys. Three side stages also featured a variety of musical acts.
The Pursuit of a Cure 5K run/walk raised money to advance medical research and help offset cancer patients’ medical costs.
The fundraiser featured new attractions such as axe throwing and an expanded family fun zone that included a 20th century circus, a rock climbing wall, a petting zoo, a football toss and a halo jumper simulator, among others.
The Ashley Zone showcased Ashley Furniture’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, including Heartworks, City of Hope, Trempealeau Valley Co-op’s Mobile Skills Lab, Ashley’s Angels, conservation efforts, Wreaths Across America, and local middle and high school robotics teams.
Volunteers worked nearly 4,000 shifts to put on the one-of-a-kind, nonprofit event.
Save the date for 2022 — Ashley for the Arts will take place Aug. 11-13. More information on the event is available on its website.
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