After more than 20 years, the Tri-Quest fundraiser is crossing the finish line.

On Tuesday, Tri-Quest Charities staff presented a donation of approximately $85,000 to be shared by the Children’s Museum of La Crosse, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, and the Family & Children’s Center. During its 23-year run, the organization has donated more than $1.1 million for local youth.

Started in 1994 by a group of local business leaders to promote fitness, fellowship and philanthropy, the annual Tri-Quest event included a 5-kilometer run, a 33K bike race and 18 holes of golf. The 23rd and final Tri-Quest was held on Sept. 24 at Drugan’s Castle Mound golf course in Holmen and represented more than 115 kilometers of running, 759 kilometers of biking and 405 holes of golf.

“I am very proud of the positive difference that Tri-Quest has made in our community since 1994,” Tri-Quest Board of Directors President Casey Weiss said. “I am most proud of the continued loyalty of Tri-Quest’s local sponsors, like the Insurance Center. Year after year, there is a long list of businesses and families who sponsor our event.”

Children’s Museum Executive Director Anne Snow said the group’s donations to the museum during the past 10 years have supported capital improvements projects and helped the museum grow. The donations have also helped the Boys and Girls Clubs fund projects such as the Erickson Club playground, and helped the Family and Children’s Center remodel and improve its facilities.

“Over the years, Tri-Quest has made a huge impact on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse and the youth we serve,” Executive Director Jake Erickson said. “Most recently, the Erickson Club playground that was made possible through the support of Tri-Quest has not only become one of the most popular areas for our youth, but it has assisted in the revitalization of the North Side of La Crosse.”

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Nathan Hansen has been the Education Reporter for the Tribune since 2014. Prior to that, he covered education, agriculture and business topics for the Winona Daily News. He is always on the lookout for news tips and can be contacted at 608-791-8234.

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