Winona Fiddlers strike up their band to raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Winona Fiddlers
(Photo courtesy of Winona Fiddlers)

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — The Winona Fiddlers are on record — on a recording, actually — to raise money for Habitat for Humanity with a virtual concert in partnership with Café Congo.

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Café Congo is a social action initiative of First Congregational Church in Winona that hosts benefit concerts to raise money for local clubs and nonprofits. COVID restrictions have forced a change from live events to virtual presentations.
The Winona Fiddlers concert was performed at the Winona Arts Center on June 13 and recorded by Wenonah Creates, a multimedia design agency that has partnered with Café Congo on past concerts.
The performance will premiere on HBC TV 20 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. Encore shows will be at 5 p.m. Friday, July 9; 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 10, and 2 p.m. July 17.
The performance will be available online beginning July 4 at Habitat Winona’s website.
“We are so grateful to members of First Congregational Church and to the talented musicians from the Winona Fiddlers for helping us build and repair homes right here in Winona,” said Amanda Hedlund, executive director of Habitat for Humanity serving Winona County.
Winona Fiddlers director Betsy Neil has worked with students of all ages for 21 years to enhance their musical and performance capabilities. The Fiddlers have performed many lively concerts throughout the years.
“This year’s fiddlers are wonderful, hard-working, talented students who were so proud to support the work of Habitat for Humanity,” Neil said.
To support Habitat’s work of safe, affordable housing in Winona, visit the website or mail a donation to Habitat for Humanity serving Winona County, 126 N Baker St., Winona, MN 55987.
Habitat ReStore is at 900 W. Third St. in Winona.