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Willis Dady's 7th Annual Hops for Housing Event Wrap-Up

On Saturday July 30th, 300 people gathered from across Eastern Iowa at Indian Creek Nature Center to attend Willis Dady's largest annual fundraiser, Hops for Housing. This year we had a fantastic summer day with clear skies and just the right amount of heat. Attendees dawned their pretzel necklaces, grabbed their pint glass, and were able to sip on samples from 30 local and national breweries over the 3 hour event. Music from The Poor Poor Rich and Joe Sorensen mixed beautifully with the sounds of clinking glasses, laughter, and conversation.

This year's Hops for Housing raised nearly $30,000 to support Willis Dady's general fund. This total comes from our generous sponsors, attendees, and free-will donations at the event. Funds raised at this event help our agency fill budgetary gaps and be able to address the emergent needs of our clients and community throughout the year. Thank you so much for supporting this event and empowering households in crisis to break their cycle of homelessness and build self-sufficiency.

We would like to make a few special shout-outs:

  • Thank you to the 53 volunteers who helped pour samples, check-in attendees, set up breweries, hauled supplies to the venue, and helped make this day a success! We could not have done this without you, and we are so grateful you chose to spend an afternoon (or your morning too!) with us.

  • Our 13 Pretzel Preppers (about 39 hours of work in total!) who strung together over 250 pretzel necklaces for this event! Your efforts were incredible tasty and the perfect snack to cleanse the palette in-between samples. (Thank you ESP Foundation!)

We could not have asked for a more generous group of businesses and individuals who come alongside us to break the cycle of homelessness in Eastern Iowa! Please make sure to support our business sponsors below and head to their websites by clicking their logo:

Willis Dady's 7th Annual Hops for Housing Presenting Sponsor, Wabtec Corporation!

7th Annual Hops for Housing Gold Sponsors

7th Annual Hops for Housing Bronze Sponsors

Thank you to our incredible sponsors for supporting Willis Dady, and making or 7th Annual Hops for Housing event possible!

Mark your calendars for second largest fund-and-awareness raising event coming up this fall: Willis Dady's 10th Annual Run & Ride Festival! Register for the 5k walk or run, 10k walk or run, or the Kids Ride-A-Thon event on Saturday, October 8th.

Learn more details about the course, see the tentative schedule, and register for a morning of family fun at:

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