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Nine La Crosse families get surprise Christmas party from Henderson racing group

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Several area families have a brighter Christmas this year, after attending a surprise party put on by the Henderson Motorsports group.

Nine families with children, chosen by La Crosse Area Schools, were brought to the Fox Hollow banquet hall to receive presents and other goodies from race car drivers and, of course, Santa Claus.

John Henderson has been putting on the holiday party for nine years now.

In the first two years, “we drove the race cars down the road right to their house, and the police weren’t happy with us on that note,” Henderson said.

Since then, they’ve had the Christmas party at local auto dealerships and banquet facilities.

The Henderson team has been able to give away more than $30,000 in presents at their Christmas surprise parties — with $7,000 donated this year alone.

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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