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Donor steps forward offering to match all bandshell donations through 2019


La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – If you swing through Riverside Park to see the Rotary Lights take note of the progress that’s been made at the bandshell. It’s close to complete, and now, a donor has stepped forward offering to double all donations to help finish the project.

Rafter installation on the bandshell was completed just in time for the opening of Rotary Lights and roofing is next on the list. The goal is to have the entire project wrapped up by May 1 and ready to debut ahead of the 2020 Moon Tunes season.

Those behind the project say the total cost looks like it will come in at just over $1 million and there is still about $100,000 left to fundraise. One way to help is by donating money to purchase a paver. A handful of people are deciding to give a paver as a Christmas gift. The pavers start at $500 and you can add whatever inscription you’d like.

“A gentleman called,” said Terry Bauer, Co-Chair of the La Crosse Band Shell Consortium. “He wanted to get a paver for his grandson. He goes, ‘I won’t be around long, but my grandson can come down and see his paver.’ So, there is a lot of connection with Riverside Park in between generations.”

All donations are tax-deductible. If you want to help reach the fundraising goal go to

Again, every donation made through the end of the year will be matched by an anonymous donor. That donor says there is no cap on the amount they’ll match.

Andrea Albers

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