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Virtual concert contest raising money for Reach, Inc. programs

With a goal of raising $11,000 with ‘Rockin’ for Reach’ the foundation is singing one step closer to their larger campaign target of $25,000.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:47 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -Karaoke for a cause, the Reach Foundation in Eau Claire is looking to raise $11,000 dollars singing tunes by the end of June.

Rockin for Reach,’ is a month-long virtual karaoke competition supporting programs for community members with disabilities.

The community-based nonprofit has been providing services to people with disabilities in Eau Claire County since 1963.

“You’ll see our ten performers that will be there for an entire month so you can watch their videos…” explains Rillie Zweifelhofer, Reach Foundation event and fundraising specialist.

Each vote is a dollar investment back to where Zwiefelhofer says, it matters most.

“We love to see people here and we love to know that what we’re doing matters,” says Zwiefelhofer.

The nonprofit lends hands-on human services to people with disabilities. Providing programs to help members find work and feel at home in the community regardless of their ability.

“I think that everyone in this world has a gift and I think they do as well,” says concert participant, Linda Dunham.

Dunham singing The Rose by Bette Midler says while nonprofits across the country were hit hard during the pandemic, this was one way she could give back.

“It’s just so nice for the people who work here and the opportunities that Reach gives all of them for us to be able to see and enjoy those gifts as well,” says Dunham.

With the vaccine becoming readily available, more members are returning to the facility.

Embracing the adversities that have come with COVID-19 the Reach Foundation started a technology campaign in order to better serve their adolescent and adult members with disabilities.

“We’re always fundraising here and there are always things that need to be updated and modified, we service almost 200 people every single day,” says Zwiefelhofer.

Thanks to various donations and grants through the duration of the pandemic, Reach has been able to start virtual classes for the adults in their day service programs.

“They do science classes, book club and a variety of things with materials that are provided by Reach Inc.

Zwiefelhofer says this contest is just one piece of a greater puzzle.

The event runs through Wednesday June 30.

To watch participant performances and cast your vote click here.

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