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La Crosse and Onalaska Thanksgiving Dinners successful

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The La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner served nearly 3,000 people at Thursday's 32nd annual community dinner.

Residents from all around the area attended the event, which included live music, a children's craft area and a TV viewing room.

The Cook family volunteered at the event, and unlike most volunteers, sacrificed their own holiday to ensure others enjoyed theirs.

"A few years ago my grandpa was in the hospital on Thanksgiving," Jessica Cook said. "I've been trying to get involved and help out the last few years and this year it finally worked out."

Volunteers served nearly 800 pounds of mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and pie.


, at the Onalaska Community Thanksgiving Dinner, residents came out to enjoy a hot meal and good company.

Tom Brewer, president of the Onalaska Enhancement Foundation, said since the dinner started four years ago, its seen a steady increase in the number of people attending.

"We served around 500 meals our first year," he said. "This year, we're projecting anywhere between 1,200 and 1,200 meals, which is a great sign."

Onalaska volunteers spent the last several months fundraising for the event, which is funded solely by donations.

"It takes about 170 volunteers, from fundraising, to preparing the food, to actually serving today," Brewer said. "Without them, we couldn't put on this big of a dinner."

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