The La Crosse City Vision Foundation has raised $350,000 toward the "Safe Cam" project, which will provide 41 new security cameras throughout the downtown area beginning in September.
On Wednesday night, the Foundation sponsored a fundraiser at the Wine Guyz in La Crosse, with 20 percent of wine and beer sales going to the project.
All together, the group wants to raise $470,000 to cover the costs of future cameras.
La Crosse Police Chief Ron Tischer will be a user of the cameras, and said there was no way the department could have raised the money on its own.
"Every penny that we have is already spoken for," he said. "When a group of business owners and community members see the need for something, it's incredible that they really step up to the plate and put their time and their money into this project."
Once installed, Chief Tischer said the new cameras will be available to police at all times, which will save them time compared to asking permission from business owners to view video tape footage.
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