Just over two years ago, a shooting at the Twisted Moose took the life of an amazing young man. 19 year old Anthony Fimple was so much more than a bouncer. Everyone who knew him praised his kindness and generosity.
Anthony’s family and friends are keeping his legacy alive with the 2nd annual celebration of life. Anthony’s Day is a free event happening at Myrick Park this Sunday, July 10, from noon til 5 p.m.
All proceeds from this Sunday’s event will benefit The Anthony Fund, a non-profit set up last year through the La Crosse Community Foundation. More information and online donations can be found on their webpage.
Anthony’s co-worker and friend, Jake Amundson approached Fimple’s family about a fundraiser last year and the event drew hundreds of people near Amundson’s Black Widow Tattoo shop in Holmen.
This year’s event is even bigger, with live music, food trucks, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine, and activities for the whole family. There will be a car show with special guests from La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, disc golf and cornhole tournaments, and local arts and crafts vendors.
The event also features kids’ bicycle giveaways and even bike tune ups. A chalk art contest is planned, an art show, and a collaborative mural painting. Artists will take breaks from the art show and each get a segment of the mural. Anthony’s sister Maggie and father Gus will be painting the murals, too.
There is a willow tree planted in Anthony’s memory at Myrick Park and the event will feature the opportunity for the community to plant flowers or take them home.
When organizers say it’s an event for the family, they mean doggos, too. There will even be a dog splash park and grooming station.
Funds raised this year will go to WisCorps to help bring an Urban Ecology Center to La Crosse. “Anthony was a member of WisCorps, on the Mayor’s crew down there. And he was just so full of life, and so full of love for his community, that we just want to keep that going,” his father Gus Fimple said on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk.
A reminder for those attending, La Crosse street is under construction so you’ll need to enter Myrick Park from the East, taking La Crosse St. from Losey Blvd.