Family Pathways holding barn bash benefit

The public is invited to a barn bash benefit put on by Family Pathways at 5:30 p.m. May 18 at the Bloom Lake Barn in Shafer.
Family Pathways provides services for residents within a six-county area in East Central Minnesota and in Polk County in Wisconsin.
“Our population area is only 250,00 people, and we serve 23,000, which is 10 percent of our population,” Beth Nault, director of advancement, said.
The services offered through Family Pathways include hunger relief (food shelves, mobile food truck, school back pack program, and community meals), the Refuge Network domestic abuse programs, aging services, youth programs and teen centers.
“One thing that we do very well is someone might come in for the food shelf or for the aging services program, and the staff and volunteers are really good at offering up other resources so people know what is available to them,” Michelle Thompson, resource development manager, said.
The organization has put on previous charitable events in the past, but it wanted to do something a little different this time.
“We wanted to do an event that was more us that reflects our donors, volunteers and who we are,” Nault said. “We want it to be warm and inviting.”
The owners of the Bloom Lake Barn, Adam and Monique Wallis, have donated the use of their barn for this charitable event. The dinner is being catered by Vicky LeFebvre Catering based out of Cambridge.
“We are having three different groups of musicians that are doing things in the flavor of the community, togetherness, and welcoming people,” Nault said.
Entertainment will include members of the Mystery Mountain Boys, who perform a mix of bluegrass, gospel, country and classic rock music. Also, the Houdek String Band will play, a husband and wife duo from Taylors Falls (Holle Brian and Rich Smith), who have performed their traditional mix of contemporary folk, country and old-time music for over 30 years. The other act performing is Barb and Eben Gillespie, who will entertain attendees with their unique vocals and acoustic guitar.
“We need people in our communities to get to know us and become part of us,” Nault said. “The one thing I’m really proud about Family Pathways is we are big, but very local. The people that do the work are actually in the communities.”
Tickets for The Barn Bash Benefit are $60; that includes dinner, live music, auction, games and more. All proceeds benefit all the Family Pathway services.

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