The Hoedown, which is open to the public, is a fun event featuring bluegrass music, wonderful food (from David Napier and White House Catering) and friendly people. The Hoedown is sponsored by SunTrust, Page Auto, and other community sponsors.
The Hoedown event began as a birthday party for Janet Patton Lewis, a longtime supporter of St. Joseph’s Villa. The party takes place on the Saturday before Mother’s Day and features music by international bluegrass recording artists, the Lonesome River Band.
Funds from the event will support Flagler Home, a transitional housing program at St. Joseph’s Villa for homeless women and their children. Women apply to the program, and if accepted, they and their children live at the Villa for up to two years. During this time, they acquire skills and educations necessary for a successful life. The program has a 100% success rate; in other words, all of the women graduating from the program do not become homeless again. During the Hoedown, a current Flagler resident or one of the program’s recent graduates will address the crowd and recount her experience.