MUTED 2018 is Saturday in Beaver Dam

August 3, 2018

Musicians United to End Displacement or MUTED is returning to Beaver Dam Saturday to raise funds for the New Beginnings Homeless Shelters.

Organizer Cassandra Schmidt said the event was started by Nancy Welsch and Jeff Smith a few years ago when the men’s shelter was in its infancy.

“They were looking for a way to get things going and help meet the need for a men’s shelter,” Schmidt said. “The event grew from there and we’re looking forward to seeing attendance increase again.”

Schmidt, who is a board member of New Beginnings, said the organization operates two houses in Beaver Dam where individuals are able to stay up to 30 days.

“The men’s shelter is currently full and the women’s and family shelter is being utilized by quite a few people, also,” Schmidt said.

Last year MUTED donated more than $3,000 to the nonprofit shelters to assist with daily operations.

MUTED 2018 will be held in Swan City Park from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Musical acts scheduled to appear include Elwood Lee, an Elvis impersonator, and the band Rock Collector. Schmidt said more acts are expected although details haven’t yet been finalized.

In addition to the music, the family-friendly event will have games for kids, such as bean bag toss and a fishing game along with face painting. The Beaver Dam Fire Department will have one of its trucks on display from 1 to 3 p.m.

Schmidt said the popular dunk tank will be on site again with community members ready to bravely take a dip for the cause.

“Mayor Becky Glewen is scheduled to sit in the tank at 1 p.m.,” she said.

There is no charge to attend MUTED 2018, but attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for a local food pantry. Donations of paper products or cleaning items are also welcome.

The public can help support the fundraiser by purchasing brats, hamburgers and desserts at the food stand. There will also be basket raffles and a cash raffle.

“We have received many generous donations for the raffles, including a signed Packers football, Brewers tickets and gift certificates to many area restaurants,” Schmidt said. “MUTED is a day full of fun for everyone and just a great way to raise money for the shelters.”

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