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Phipps Foundation, RiverBank make big donations to Gateway

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education River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

The Hudson School District has received more than $65,000 toward the cost of constructing the Gateway, the tunnel that connects the River Crest Elementary School campus with Camp St. Croix.

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Gordon Boos of RiverBank in North Hudson was at the School Board meeting last week to present board President Dan Tjornehoj with the first half of a $5,000 donation toward the project. The cost of the tunnel was $238,000, half of which is being paid for by the YMCA of Greater St. Paul.

Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten told the board that the district has also received $10,000 from the Phipps Foundation for the project. (The Phipps Foundation is a separate philanthropic organization, not to be confused with The Phipps Center for the Arts.)

The Andersen Corporate Foundation donated $25,000. Additional donations have been received in the following categories:

  • $5,000-9,999, Lynn Robson
  • $3,000-4,999, Hudson Daybreak Rotary
  • $1,000-2,999, the Rowan Family, Erik, Kristian and Sonja Bell, district administrators, Hudson Community Fund.
  • $500-999, Associated Bank, Hudson Noon Rotary, WCEA, Safe-Way Bus Co., B&B Electric.

    There have also been individual donations.

    The money raised so far accounts for 55 percent of the district's share. Bowen-Eggebraaten told the board that district Communications Specialist Tracy Habisch-Ahlin was responsible for much of the fund-raising and grant-writing in connection with the project. The fund-raising effort is ongoing.

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