PdC chamber tailgate fundraiser in support of McGregor tornado relief

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By Correne Martin and Audrey Posten

McGregor, Marquette and Prairie du Chien are, in some ways, one large community. So when McGregor was devastated by an EF1 tornado July 19, members of the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce were compassionate, wanting to do something to help their partners in local business.

The chamber decided a border battle tailgate party would be a suitably fun and enticing fundraiser in support of the McGregor/Marquette Chamber of Commerce, as they assist McGregor businesses with tornado recovery.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the PdC Chamber will sponsor an Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers Fundraiser Tailgating Party at Old Man River in McGregor. The big game starts at 2:30 p.m., and doors will open at 12:30. There will be a suggested donation asked for admission. In addition to the game on TV, live music and an auction will keep attendees busy as burgers and brats are served and beverage tickets are available for purchase.

“This is our way of supporting the McGregor/Marquette Chamber as well as our chamber members in McGregor,” said PdC Chamber CEO and Director Bob Moses. “We were incorporated in 1950 and, since, we basically are McGregor and Marquette. We’re one community working together for the benefit of all.”

The Prairie du Chien Chamber received a great response from local businesses when they learned of the fundraiser. Many donated in-kind items, such as Hawkeye and Badger gear for the auction, or funds toward planning the tailgate fundraiser. Moses said it was evident the chamber members appreciate the partnership with the Mar-Mac community.

“It’s an incredibly kind gesture from the Prairie du Chien Chamber and the businesses who have donated. It’s nice to know that other communities are concerned and want to do something to help us,” commented McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kristie Austin. “The funds will help us do more promotion for the businesses.”

That could include advertising for events and activities or as match money for grants.

Austin said the Chamber is currently working on getting an updated brochure on its website that is both interactive and mobile-friendly.

“We really want to get the Chamber into the 21st century and maximize all the avenues possible to get our businesses noticed,” she said.

In addition to business donations, the cities of McGregor and Marquette, Central State Bank and Interstate Federal contributed $500 apiece toward promotion of the event.

“We invite everybody to come out and enjoy the game with us,” Moses said, noting volunteers are also welcome. “This is for the betterment of McGregor and we really hope it’s well attended.”

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