La Crosse Community Foundation taking part in Giving Tuesday for second year

Dyanne Brudos-Thornton has been a donor to the Terry Erickson Boys and Girls Club for over 20 years.

“For a lot of kids, the club is their home,” Brudos-Thornton said. “And how else do you give back better than by giving your support to help the entire community that way?”

For Brudos-Thornton, the club means a lot to her.

“It’s just been a great thing for me to watch my kids grow up here,” Brudos-Thornton said.

This is the second year the La Crosse Community Foundation is participating for Giving Tuesday.

“All of these organizations rely on generosity of individuals to be able to serve who they do,” La Crosse Community Foundation executive director Jamie Schloegel said.

But the Boys and Girls Club is just one stop for the La Crosse Community Foundation.

“We are visiting a total of 16 organizations to deliver surprise gifts,” Schloegel said.

Including a group called Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge, or BLACK.

The nonprofit got a $1,000 check.

“It was really a surprise,” president Saundel Spivey said. “And so, that was cool. It was a good thing. And the money definitely will go to some good use.”

It’s goal is to improve the African-American community locally.

“Across generations, across income gaps and all those different things to truly get black folks to recognize that if we empower each other, we can do great things together,” Spivey said.

Next stop: the Children’s Museum.

“The support from the community foundation really tells us that we’re doing something right,” Children’s Museum executive director Anne Snow said.

They too, got $1,000.

“It takes a lot to heat and cool 30,000 square feet, and ensure 30,000 square feet,” Snow said.

Something that will go a long way to keep the kids happy.

“Oh, they just love it, because they think they’re just playing, they don’t realize they’re learning,” Snow said.

Brudos-Thornton’s kids are now adults, but she says she will keep donating.

“I have no plans to stop soon,” Brudos-Thornton said.

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