When it comes to fundraising events in Rock County, we, at IDS, like to think that our very own Wild, Wild, West Hoedown is one of the most unique and fun events around! The Wild, Wild, West Hoedown is the brain child of IDS’ Executive Director, Lisa Ames.
After much research on Lisa's part to find a new and creative fundraiser to hold for Independent Disability Services that hadn’t been thought of in the Rock County area, she decided on a Western themed event. She named the event the “Wild, Wild, West Hoedown.” After the concept was decided on, she called upon her good friend, Lucy Anderson, the marketing director at that time of Kutter Harley Davidson, in Janesville, Wisconsin, to see if the inaugural event could be held at their Rudi Kutter Memorial Pavilion. After about an hour meeting with Lucy, the venue was donated by Kutter Harley Davidson, the “Hee Haw Hunk” idea was created, and the date was set in September for that first year’s event in 2011. More than 175 people in 2013 enjoyed seeing old friends and the opportunity to make new ones in a fun atmosphere with great food, a silent auction, live music, photo booth, and a cash bar all while bringing in the funds needed for Independent Disability Services to continue to provide programs and services to the more than 350 children and adults who rely on IDS daily in their journey to independence, productivity, and inclusion in the community.
If you’ve never attended the event, you have been missing out on a boot stompin’ good time! Here are the top 10 things you’ll be missing this year if you don’t attend:
1. Live Music
8. Great Food
- Last but not least, we can’t forget that the reason behind this fun event is to help support Independent Disability Services and their mission. It’s easy to get lost in the food, the music, and the fun, but behind all the revelry is the mission of IDS and the programs and services offered. IDS has the important job of helping adults with developmental disabilities and special needs live as independently as possible. They advocate for and empower these individuals to make their own choices, to get involved in their communities, and to live happy, healthy lives. In addition, they serve families that care for children with special needs. Through the Respite Program, families are given the gift of time. Time to refresh and rejuvenate from the sometimes stress that comes from parenting children with special needs. The day to day responsibly of caring for children with genetic disorders and disabilities like Angleman Syndrome, Pitt Hopkins Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Epilepsy can be overwhelming at times, and it’s very costly to hire help. With respite funding, these parents can take some time for themselves, even if it’s just to run some errands or go out for dinner. IDS does receive funds from the United Way Blackhawk Region, the Rock County Developmental Disability Board, and Rock County Human Services, but that is not enough. The rest comes from the fundraisers like the Wild, Wild, West Hoedown, and donations. So, please plan on attending this great event. And, as you can see from the list above, you’re guaranteed to have a great time!
- Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. To purchase online, click here or at IDS (2100 E. Milwaukee Street, Ste. L14), BMO Harris Bank (1404 Creston Park Drive), or Kutter Harley-Davidson (3223 North Pontiac Drive).
- If you cannot attend, but would like to be a sponsor, donate and auction item, or donate money, please contact Stacey Bodnar at 608-754-5552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.