Donations are presented at fundraiser for Packwaukee Veteran’s Memorial

Fundraising for the building of a new Veteran’s Memorial in Packwaukee is well underway, under the direction of project manager Keith Bagley, who is also a Town Supervisor for that community. On Saturday, December 10th, a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser was held at J&J River’s Bend, Montello, to recognize several substantial donations already made to the cause and raise additional funds and awareness of the project. In addition to the presentations pictured here, the project was selected to receive a $10,000 grant from Marquette County’s ARPA Fund toward project expenses. A quilt donated by the Calico Capers Quilt Guild was raffled and raised $180. J&J’s donated the food for the dinner, which raised $620 that night. 

Others receiving acknowledgement for their donations included John Thill and Jeff Neubauer, each donating labor toward the masonry work, Scott Kempley of Kempley Farms, who is doing landscaping, the Town of Packwaukee which donated the corner lot being used as the site of the memorial and agreed to pay for maintenance and electricity for the life of the memorial, and others in attendance who donated cash that evening, along with the concrete company which donated their delivery costs.

Bagley said he expects work to begin in Spring, with completion by late summer or early fall but they are hopeful for completion by the time of the Historical Society’s Heritage Day at the end of July.

If anyone is interested in interested in purchasing a memorial bench, contact Project Manager Keith Bagley at 608-369-3490 or go to: Use code “PACKWAUKEE” to receive free shipping on your bench.

Among the donations received for the Packwaukee Veteran’s Memorial were $1,500 from the Packwaukee Historical Society and $1,500 from the Town of Packwaukee’s room tax fund. Representing those groups are Society Treasurer Greg Shortreed (left) and Town Chairman Lance Achterberg (right), with project manager Keith Bagley.

Presenting a $1,000 donation to the Packwaukee Veteran’s Memorial project is Rueben Hunter, Weiske-Farrell American Legion Post 351 Commander. Hunter said the proceeds of their current gun raffle are also earmarked toward this project.  Tickets for that are available at the Post in Montello.

A quilt donated by the Calico Capers Quilt Guild was raffled and raised $180 for the Packwaukee Veteran’s Memorial.