ECASD fundraiser raises $30,000 for Homeless Program

Courtesy: MGN Online
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- The 8th annual Border Battle Golf Scramble to benefit the Eau Claire Area School District Homeless program was held Sunday at Wild Ridge Golf Course.

135 golfers including Packers and Vikings fans turned out on a gorgeous afternoon on the links, all the support a program that provides uninterrupted education for students experiencing homelessness and connects families to the necessary community resources.

Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck says the fundraiser goes a long way toward keeping kids in school. Hardebeck says, "Some of it's used for transportation for students to get to school, because one thing we try to do is keep kids in their schools regardless of where their home is, and we try to provide clothing for them, shoes, food, anything you might need, school supplies things other people would take for granted."

Russ Leonard adds, "How could you not help? These are kids that need a step up in life, and for somebody, all of us in this community the opportunity to contribute, it's really an honor."

Sunday's fundraiser raised more than thirty thousand dollars thanks in part to Russ Leonard from Madison who paid five thousand dollars for two courtside tickets for the Badgers-Ohio State men's basketball game in January.

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