Permanent Memorial Fund has raised more than $95,000 so far
The Waukesha Christmas Parade Permanent Memorial Fund was established to raise funds for a permanent memorial to the victims of the November 21, 2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade attack. The City of Waukesha established the Parade Memorial Fund earlier this year. The fund is held at the Waukesha County Community Foundation. Thousands of people came together after last year’s parade tragedy to support the victims, and now the community has the opportunity to support a permanent memorial.
“Honoring those impacted is such an integral part of healing,” said Melissa Baxter, President of the Waukesha County Community Foundation. “The community needs a place to reflect and heal after such an emotionally charged year. We are proud to partner with the community in this effort.”
The fund has now raised more than $95,000 from more than 250 donors. Since its creation, the project fund has received donations from over 31 U.S. States and Canada, with individual gifts ranging from $10 up to $1,000.
The City of Waukesha Parade Memorial Commission has worked diligently with the public to select designs and establish a location for two memorials that will honor the victims of the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy. The first permanent structure is planned for downtown Main Street and is hoped to be completed by the end of 2023. The other memorial is slated to be built in Grede Park, and construction is anticipated to be complete sometime in 2024. To view the memorial designs and/or learn more about the Memorial Commission please go to the City of Waukesha’s Parade Memorial site.