‘It is astonishing’: More than $2 million raised so far for victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy

Written by on November 27, 2021

After an SUV drove into the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Sunday, killing six and injuring greater than 60, the group has stepped as much as assist in an enormous method.  

Within the week since then, individuals from throughout the nation have contributed a minimum of $2 million to victims and different efforts in quite a lot of methods, together with GoFundMe accounts, native fundraisers and extra.

Donations have been flooding into the United for Waukesha Group Fund, which was arrange moments after the tragedy.

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Since Sunday, the United for Waukesha Group Fund obtained roughly $1.Eight million, with 7,000 particular person donors. There have been donors from all 50 states and 12 nations.  

The largest donor was GE, at $100,000. Kohl’s, the Walbec group and American Household Insurance coverage Goals Basis every donated $50,000, a consultant from the Waukesha County Group Basis verified.

Greater than 1,000,000 {dollars} raised on GoFundMe accounts

As of Friday, greater than 1,000,000 {dollars} had additionally been raised for victims underneath the umbrella web page that features 29 verified GoFundMe pages.  

The GoFundMe for the Sparks household has raised essentially the most, with $428,498 pledged as of Friday. Tucker Sparks,12, is recovering from a fractured cranium and street rash. His brother, Jackson Sparks, 8, died Nov. 23 on account of his accidents.  

4 different accounts raised greater than $100,000, whereas six others have raised greater than $50,000.

‘Line out the door’ 

Culver’s of Waukesha donated 50% of its Wednesday proceeds to the Xtreme Dance Group, which had many members sustaining accidents from the Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy.

A queue of automobiles snaked across the outdoors of the Culver’s constructing, 2600 N. Grandview Blvd. and out onto Grandview Boulevard, the place it blocked a lane of site visitors. 

“I didn’t anticipate this,” mentioned Waukesha Xtreme Dance Group director Sandy Feller.

Culver’s, 2600 N. Grandview Blvd., raised $28,000 for the dance staff. 

The Culver’s areas at 840 Sundown Drive and 1650 E Fundamental St., each Waukesha, collectively raised $44,000. 

“Clients have been out the door and thru the foyer. Not a single buyer complained. The drive-through was wrapped across the constructing and down the road,” mentioned Kyle Soderstrom, the proprietor of the Culver’s on Grandview. 

“For us, this was extra about grieving and coping than the monetary a part of it. To sit down down and speak with mother and father and the dancers. I can inform you that the dance staff liked the outpouring of help,” mentioned Soderstrom. 

At Coop, a downtown restaurant that’s donating all of its Nov. 26 proceeds, a line fashioned even earlier than the restaurant opened, mentioned proprietor Joseph Fifnaios. “It’s nice and heartwarming. Individuals have been lined up and able to go inside by 7 a.m. It was astonishing.”

Jersey Mike’s Subs raised $18,000 Nov. 24 between its two Waukesha areas, donating 100% of its proceeds to assist these affected by the Waukesha Parade Tragedy. 

“It was fairly superior to see the group prove in the best way they did,” mentioned proprietor Tim Downing. “It’s a nice reminder to me as to why I do what I do, which is to be an lively enterprise within the communities that my shops are part of and to boost the lives of others by means of a sub sandwich.” 

“It was very inspiring and humbling to see the quantity of individuals present up that did to help our efforts to help the group,” he mentioned.

The restaurant donations all went to the United for Waukesha Group Fund.

Quite a few different fundraisers by native companies proceed to boost cash for victims, as nicely. 

Sarah Volpenhein contributed to this report.

Cathy Kozlowicz will be reached at 262-361-9132 or cathy.kozlowicz@jrn.com. Observe her on Twitter at @kozlowicz_cathy.

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