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Meatball dinner to benefit La Crosse Police K-9s

Kaitlyn Riley

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The 2018 dinner raised $5,000 for the La Crosse Police Department K-9 units. (Photo Credit: Apartment Association of the La Crosse Area)

The La Crosse Police Department’s K-9s are wagging tails at an upcoming fundraiser.

The Apartment Association of the La Crose Area will host the 3rd Annual La Crose Police Department Meatball Dinner on Saturday.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the city’s K-9 units.

Pamela Strittmater, Apartment Association of the La Crosse Area president, said, although the city receives dogs with taxpayer dollars, other costs are not covered.

“All of their training, food, vet bills, protective vests, and the kennels for the cars are all paid for by donations from private citizens,” Strittmater said. “It is really important that our communities step up and help to fund this really important program that we have here in the city.”

Photo Credit: Apartment Association of the La Crosse Area

In the past two years, the fundraiser raised a total of $10,000 for the police department.

The original event started as a way for the Apartment Association to become more connected in the community, according to Strittmater. She noted how police dogs assist with the opioid crisis and other crime incidents.

“We always have a desire to help our neighborhoods and to help our community be safe,” Strittmater said.

The event will begin goes from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the American Legion on 6th and Market St.

Organizers recommended those interested attend early to guarantee a meal.

The cost is $10 per ticket. The meal includes a meatball dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and a vegetable.

The K-9 units and their handlers will be in attendance to perform demonstrations. The event also includes a silent auction and bake sale.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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