The Hoedown event began as a birthday party for Janet Patton Lewis, a prominent Richmond philanthropist and 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. David Napier and Whitehouse Caterine will provide plenty of delicious food as well!
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.