More than $256K raised for families affected by Waukesha parade tragedy

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Communities across southeastern Wisconsin have come together to help those affected by the incident that occurred at the Waukesha Christmas Parade. Following a donation effort hosted by Milwaukee TV station WISN 12, $256,198 was raised to benefit the families impacted by the Waukesha tragedy.

“What happened in Waukesha affected the lives of so many, and took the lives of innocent people. It is heartbreaking,” said Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN 12. “Our hope is that all the families and victims of this senseless tragedy will be helped through the generosity of our great community.”

WISN 12 held a phone bank Nov. 29-30 and an online fundraising drive to accept donations from viewers throughout southeastern Wisconsin. This effort is part of the ‘United For Waukesha Community Fund,’ a collaborative partnership between the Waukesha County Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. All donations were matched by the Fotsch Family Foundation – a Waukesha County based private foundation.

“If there is anything that can give us hope, it’s seeing that how in the most difficult of times we unite with one another to offer support,” Wade said.

Through Dec. 4, the Fotsch Family Foundation is offering matching donations up to $1 million. If you wish to show your support for the victims and loved ones of the Waukesha Parade Tragedy, you can continue to submit your donations by visiting: