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Music, food, auction bring donors downtown to help La Crosse fire victims

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This coming Saturday will mark one month since a large fire destroyed a La Crosse restaurant, and several apartments above it.  On Sunday, the community helped out the people who lost their homes in the India Curry House fire.    

A silent auction and a long list of local singers and bands were part of the fundraiser based at the Popcorn Tavern on 4th Street. 

Items went up for sale at a silent auction Sunday, to benefit people left homeless by an April fire on 4ht Street

Organizer Chris Stolpa says other benefit efforts are in the works.

“This is where people see that we’re helping each other and see what happens,” Stolpa says. “So if we can start the ball rolling, from here on out we can start building…a life, a way of living where that we can promote helping people.”

Stolpa says he knows a few of the people who lost close to everything in the April 28th fire. No one was hurt in the fire, but the century-old building was a total loss. 

     

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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