Augie Walters owner of Augie’s Bar in Bangor is set to host his first annual street party Aug. 26, to benefit the New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center.
“To me, it's a good cause,” he said. “They help a little of everyone out.”
The New Horizons Shelter seeks to provide victims of domestic abuse a safe haven.
Walters has made significant donations to the shelter totaling nearly $9,000 through these annual benefits. He said there are a lot of people in La Crosse County who need help.
New Horizons Director of Development Sheila Connors said Walters has been a stellar supporter of the shelter. Third-party donations like those made by Walters and his patrons go a long way to ensuring programs can continue.
“It helps to fund programs that are not always fully funded,” she said.
For the last six years, Walters has hosted an annual poker run. However due to dwindling turnouts this year he’s keeping it simple.
“Every year that's been getting a little less and less,” he said. “Instead of doing the poker run this year, I'm just doing a street dance. All proceeds go to the New Horizons.”
Weather-permitting the event will kick off on Commercial Street in front of Augie’s Bar at 3 p.m. with a bean bag tournament.
The fryers will fire up at 5 p.m. with the start of local band Libra Union.
Foot-long hot dogs, brats and beef sandwiches will be available for sale.
Local band Ontourage will perform their mix of classic rock and country beginning at 8 p.m.
In addition to entertainment, Walters will be raffling off a 100-CD jukebox. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.
“One-hundred percent of that goes right to the shelter,” he said.
Throughout the event, donation jars will be available for patrons to make additional contributions to the cause.