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Donor Stories

La Crosse Concert Band Fund

Over the past century, the La Crosse Concert Band has become a beloved entity of the Seven Rivers Region. Each summer it treats the community to lively and diverse music free of charge in the picturesque Riverside Park. Since 1930, musicians have gathered in the Riverside Park bandshell in honor of Dr. Wendell A. Anderson, […]

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Tom’s Grocery Bag

As a child, Tom Kennedy learned the impact an adequate meal can have on a child. One of 11 children, Tom lost his parents at a young age and had to fend for himself at mealtime, a burden many children continue to face today. Through Tom’s Grocery Bag Fund, which was established in 2013 by […]

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Jack and Marti Schwem Fund

Jack and Marti Schwem established their donor advised fund – The Jack & Marti Schwem Fund – in 1999 to provide financial support for area arts, family, and healthcare focused organizations. Marti, an artist, and Jack, former CEO of Lutheran Hospital and Lutheran Health System, both shared a love of the arts and healthcare. The […]

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Valerie Burman Art Plus Scholarship Fund

Throughout her life, Valerie Burman was an avid supporter of the arts. As a beloved teacher at the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Western Wisconsin Technical College, Burman made a lasting impact on her students. As a painter and print maker, Valerie Lee Wentzel-Burman exhibited in numerous cities and galleries, soaking in […]

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