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Local Irish group donates to hospice programs



Members of the La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association donate money to representatives of Gundersen and Mayo

Two local hospice programs in La Crosse are getting a financial boost from a yearly Irish celebration. 

The La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association gave checks for $800 each to the Gundersen and Mayo hospice services. 

Dr. Hilary Bingol from Mayo says the donation will help provide end-of-life hospice care for some area veterans.

Money for the Gundersen program is intended to fund recordings that can be made by hospice patients for their families.    

The money was raised in March, during the annual Coulee Hoolie Ceili, a festival featuring Irish dance and music.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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