On September 17th 2017, Dean Holmen from Madison, Wisconsin received the “Humanitarian of the Year” award for his work with The Music City Hayride, a nonprofit Country Music show that benefits charities such as Music & Memories, Honor & Valor and Operation Stand Down (TN). “This is a wonderful award and an honor to receive,” states Holmen, President of Music City Hayride. “Knowing that The Josie Awards is the largest awards show, that features independent artists from around the world proves that The Music City Hayride is in fact, making a difference. The awards show took place at the Nissan Stadium and is the home of The Tennessee Titans.
Holmen worked as an ironworker from 1988 until his retirement in 2014, when he started The Music City Hayride as a way to help different charities. This has been a lifelong passion and to be able to make this a reality still feels like a dream. “To see the faces of everyone we are able to assist throughout the year is the best feeling in the world. Throughout the last two years, we have been able to help with not only Music & Memory, Honor & Valor and Operation Stand Down (TN), we have been able to assist with donations to Gatlinburg, Tn during the catastrophic fires that brought the city to its knees. In 2018, The Music City Hayride will also help fund Country For A Cause, another nonprofit organization who assists helping families throughout the year who are struggling with financial hardships from medical situations.
“There is always a need for more help when running a charity show,” states Holmen, while describing the obsticles faced running this show. “Between the venue, band and other logistics, “ we have had our struggles, but our group is hardwoking, people who move forward.” We rely on donations and sponsors and anyone can go to www.musiccityhayride.net to make a one time, or reoccurring donation to support The Music City Hayride. “We are 501c3 and every donation is tax deductable. If you are a contractor, you can sponsor a show or shows as well by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean Holmen C.E.O. Music City Hayride Inc.
Madison Tn. 37116 email@example.com www.musiccityhayride.net