Holmen Area Community Center’s Day of Giving organizers Laurie Kessler (left) and Beth Balder Schroeder add another line of tape to the thermometer poster indicating the pledges to support the community center had reached its initial goal.

Pat McKnight

The organizers of last Saturday’s Day of Giving fundraiser for the Holmen Area Community Center had set a goal of raising $25,000 in pledge for the day.

By 4 p.m., they’d met that target, and set a new goal of $50,000, which was surpassed by the end of the night as the final fundraising haul reached $73,000. Laurie Kessler, spokesperson for the Holmen Area Community Center, was amazed at the community’s response to the event.

“It was a great day,” said Kessler. “There was a bigger crowd than expected and we were delighted to see that many people show up.”

The event was held at the Holmen American Legion and attracted many community members who wanted to support the building of the proposed community center in Holmen.

The fundraiser included a silent auction and basket, meat and other raffles. Packer and Badger tickets were raffled off as well. The event was supported by individuals, groups and businesses donating items or offering services at a reduced cost for the raffles, baskets, lunch supplies and entertainment.

“There’s a need for ongoing support, said Kessler. “People are able to pledge at any time. If everyone does a little, then everybody can get a lot.”

Holmen Area Community Center promoters are encouraging community members to become involved in the effort through creative ways. Suggestions include saving loose change to donate, holding a rummage sale or making a video the organization can post on Facebook and to support the center by inviting friends to join the effort.

The center is being designed as a multi-generational gathering space that will be a safe, wholesome place for activities that strengthen a sense of community for the Holmen area. Anyone interested in supporting the community center may contact Kessler at llkhhs74@gmail.com.


Coulee Courier and Houston County News editor

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