Barn dance raises $25,000 for rural youth scholarships

Those who attended the Wisconsin Rural Youth Scholarship Barn Dance Saturday in Burlington, Wis. didn’t just kick up their heels for a fun night with friends and neighbors. They also helped to raise more than $26,000 to support rural youth.

Bob and Sue Crane opened their farm gates to welcome friends, neighbors and agriculture supporters and raise money for the Wisconsin Rural Youth Scholarship program. The hosts welcomed the opportunity to celebrate rural communities and support students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

With the help of local supporters, donors, sponsors and attendees, the barn dance successfully raised enough money for a full year of scholarships. The Wisconsin Rural Youth Scholarship program was created specifically for rural youth and is based on financial need. Last year, the program awarded $2,000 scholarships to 12 incoming CALS freshmen. Host Sue Crane said she was proud of the event’s success and thrilled to support rural youth.

“That’s a year’s worth of scholarships in one night,” Sue Crane said. “Everyone had a great time. Thank you for a great event.”