Local women back from trip they won to the Grammy Awards

Area women back home after winning...

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - Two area women are back home after a busy weekend that saw them rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in music.

Kristen Schwanke from Onalaska and Gerryane Schwanke from Boscobel won free tickets to this year's Grammy Awards during an appearance on 'Ellen' last week.

They also won free airfare and a hotel stay as part of the trip to New York.

While there, they got the chance to meet some famous artists at a pre-party before getting shuttled to the door of Madison Square Garden and taking their seats just a couple rows behind the celebrities.

But Kristen says her favorite part of the trip actually came in the days leading up to the big event.

"I think the best memory of the whole thing was just the generosity of everybody. The community came together and supported me, the Wedding Tree gave me this beautiful dress to use, Funk in La Crosse gave me a clutch to use, I had family and friends who were supportive in helping me get everything done in a matter of three days."

 Kristen says even though it was an unbelievable experience, she was happy to get back home to her kids and get back to work Tuesday at Onalaska Middle School.

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