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Credit: Paul Holley / Blank-Fest

Ian Gould, a musician originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, closed out Blank-Fest 2022 Sunday afternoon at McAuliffe’s Pub, 3700 Meachem Road.

Credit: Paul Holley / Blank-Fest

Santa (who looked suspiciously like J.J. McAuliffe) even made an appearance on stage.

Blank-Fest mountain of donations

Blank-Fest 2022
Credit: Paul Holley / Blank-Fest

Admission to the 16th annual music event, held over three days, were blankets, gloves, caps, hand warmers, socks, energy bars and bottled water.

The items will be donated to local organizations that assist the homeless, including:

  • Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization (HALO) Inc.
  • HOPE Center
  • The Hospitality Center
  • Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin

Blank-Fest 2022 collected the following:

  • 259 blankets
  • 150 pair socks
  • 24 cases of water (24-pack)
  • 74 gloves
  • 14 Jackets
  • 154 fruit snacks
  • 210 granola bars
  • 35 hats
  • 3 scarves
  • $1,019 in cash donations


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