May 18, 2016
La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association presents Checks to New Horizons and West Cork Women Against Violence from the first Coulee Hoolie Ceili proceeds

La Crosse, WI – Today the La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association (LBFA) presents to New Horizons and West Cork Women Against Violence checks after proceeds from the Coulee Hoolie Ceili exceeded expectations. The success of the April event has allowed LBFA to present each non-profit with a $1,000 check to help in the fight against domestic violence in La Crosse and our sister city, Bantry Ireland.  

La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association President Kriss Kuhn said, “We wanted to further our connection between La Crosse and Bantry and saw a need in both communities. So we introduced these two organizations to start a conversation.”

“On behalf of victims and survivors of abuse and domestic violence New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers, along with West Cork Women Against Violence extremely grateful for the proceeds from the Coulee Hoolie Ceili,” said Ann Kappauf, New Horizons Executive Director. “These proceeds will go to our many free and confidential services.”

The Coulee Hoolie Ceili (pronounced KAY-lee), a unique Irish celebration included music, dance, silent auction, food and fun. Houghton’s Hooligans provided their talents at no cost to produce an evening of traditional Irish music and Ceili dancing. complete with instruction so everyone could join in.  

“The Coulee Hoolie Ceili was meant to raise some funds to help further the cause of these two organizations and strengthen the friendship between our communities,” said Kuhn.
A special thank you to all of the event sponsors; without their support this event never could have been such a big success.  

Claddagh Sponsors                                                     Cara Sponsors
Arterial                                                                       Irishfest La Crosse
Dave’s Guitar                                                            John Boyle and Dee Martin Boyle
Dublin Square                                                            Kathy Spelker, Trustee LBFA
Kwik Trip                                                                    Kriss Kuhn, President LBFA
La Crosse Area Family YMCA                                   La Crosse Center
La Crosse Print                                                          Linda Boyle
Midwest Family Broadcasting                                    La Crosse Community Theater/
Nicklaus Martial Arts America                                      Weber Center for Performing Arts
​                                                                                   Metropolitan Salon and Day Spa

For more information about New Horizons:    AND     West Cork Women Against Violence: 

The Irish Banger Open

Thank you to those who showed your  support of "The Irish Brigade" at the First Irish Banger Open, presented by The La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association, The Greater La Crosse Shamrock Club and Irishfest La Crosse and sponsored by our friends at DUBLIN SQUARE, LA CROSSE  and THE MONARCH PUBLIC HOUSE in Fountain City.

Proceeds from the IRISH BANGER GOLF OUTING will be used to support our charitable causes in and around the Lacrosse area

Show your interest for future events like this by contacting LBFA
10 Years of La Crosse Bantry Friendship Assoc.

In 2015 and 2016, in celebration of ten years of cultural exchange, LBFA Events included: 
  • Presentation by Jim Hyde, grand-nephew of Douglas Hyde, the first president of Ireland to speak on the 1916-1922 period of Irish history. Presentation at the Pump House
  • LBFA Presence at the La Crosse Global Inititive event and UWL Global Awareness celebration 
  • A Delegation to Bantry, Ireland, fall 2015
  • Check Presentation for the purchase of the Anchor placed in the Irish Gardens Summer 2015
  • First Annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili celebration at the Concordia Ball Room, April 2016
  • Dedication of Irish Gardens, Riverside International Friendship Gardens, August 2016
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LBFA makes the West Cork News
West Cork Women Against Violence has received the check from the first annual, 2016 Coulee Hoolie Ceili.  The presentation was memorialized in both their quarterly newsletter and the Southern Star, West Cork's local newspaper.
Southern Star 
West Cork Whisper Article
Dedication of the Irish Garden
 in the Riverside International Gardens

La Crosse Bantry Friendship Association was represented at the dedication on August 14, 2016 by President Kriss Kuhn, who thanked all who worked so hard to make the garden happen and those who work to maintain all the beautiful plants and surroundings.

Many thanks to our LBFA members, friends and family that raised the funds for the anchor placed on the Mississippi shoreline.

​La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association presented the 2nd Annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili 
to benefit La Crosse Area Suicide Prevention Initiative and Lisheens House in Bantry, Ireland.

March 21, 2017

La Crosse, WI – The La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association (LBFA) hosted the 2nd Annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili (pronounced KAY-lee). This unique Irish celebration included music, dance, food and fun. Coulee Hooligans provided a backdrop to the evening with traditional Irish music while caller Tim Jenkins called a variety of Irish contra dances, complete with instruction so everyone could join in.

                                                                                                                                                [MORE PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK
Coulee Hoolie Ceili 2017, Coulee Hooligans
Coulee Hoolie Ceili 2016
Dave's Guitar Shop
LAX Print
Nicklaus Martial Arts America
2017 Coulee Hoolie Ceili Poster
La Crosse Area Family YMCA
Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Left: Dancers having a mighty fun time at the 2017 Coulee Hoolie Ceili.
Right: Coulee Hooligans provide festive music for the event!
Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Chilly but Fun!

Thanks to everyone who came out to walk with us in the chilly Saint Patrick's Day Parade this year!  We had a ton of fun.

l-r: Heather Dutcher, Jeanne Pavela, Lynn West, Kriss Kuhn. Myra Kunert, Linda Pfaff, Kathrine Kenimer, Kathy Spelker
On June 5th LBFA hosted a tour group of 30 members and La Crosse area residents to Ireland, visiting La Crosse's sister city Bantry. Flying into Dublin, they visited Galway, "quiet Man" walking tour of Cong, excursion to Garnish Island, Trinity College (book of Kells), Guinness Storehouse, Clonmacnoise, Cliffs of Moher, the Bantry House and more. While in Bantry (for 3 days) our members were able to present a check from the 2nd Annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili to Lisheens House for the amazing work they do in efforts to create awareness and prevent suicide.
LBFA was once again invited to participate on March 23rd at the 
2017 Annual UWL International Banquet.    
It was a wonderful evening filled with cultural performances and an opportunity to share with the community our connection, as a sister city, to Bantry, Ireland.
Irishfest La Crosse - August 2017

Another fantastic year of sharing what LBFA is all about, making new friends and bringing in new members. We at LBFA say 'Thank you' to Bantry Bantry Seafoods for their donation of product, allowing us to serve up Bantry Bay Mussels, thus giving us the opportunity to meet new friends and bring in new members. 
We were delighted to have the CEO of Bantry Bay America, Gary Werner and his lovely wife Diana, join us this year and share in some of the wonderful festivities of Irishfest La Crosse!
l-r: Linda Pfaff, Kriss Kuhn, Lynn West
​2018 Coulee Hoolie Ceili  photos
Join us at Irishfest this weekend for some culture and mussels!

Special thanks to Festival Foods and Bantry Bay Premium Seafoods!