La Crosse’s Rotary Lights hopeful community will step up following storm

Rotary President Pat Stephens is hopeful the community will be extra generous and make up for the nights the display was closed

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- La Crosse’s Rotary Lights are shining brightly once again, but volunteers need your help to get back on track.

Organizers were forced to close the display for two nights because of a severe storm and for storm clean-up.

Rotary takes in, on average, $4,000 in cash donations and hundreds of food items every night. Those donations go to 14 area food pantries. Rotary President Pat Stephens is hopeful the community will be extra generous and make up for the nights the display was closed. “An extra package of this or box of that would be a big help. We want to make our goals and be larger than we’ve ever been. The need is greater than ever before, so let’s do it, ” says Stephens.

Over the last 26-years, Rotary has collected nearly 4.6 million food items. Their goal is to hit five million this year.