A big celebration of the arts Thursday night at the Waterfront's Cargill Room for UFAH, United Fund for the Arts & Humanities. The organization is celebrating 35 years of helping area groups provide entertainment and culture to the La Crosse area.
The goal of the event was to raise money for groups like the La Crosse Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Archeological Society and The Pump House Regional Art Center.
Two years ago the arts pumped $32.7 million into the local economy.
"The arts are really an integral part of what makes La Crosse a great place to live and work. What we've really witnessed the last several years is what a great impact it has on our local economy," said La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat.
UFAH's 2018 Campaign Chair says a thriving art network is a win win for everyone. "There was a study done in 2015 and eleven hundred direct and indirect jobs so it impacts the community, businesses and individuals in a huge way," said David Reedy.
The La Crosse Area Youth Symphony Orchestra is also supported by UFAH by teaching students music along with leadership skills. A member of the Girl Choir says she's grateful UFAH supports artists.
"It's fun to share my talent and it's just so much fun to sing. You also get to make new friends. That's another big part of the girl choir," said Elizabeth Matz.
UFAH supports a wide range of organizations that cater to people of all ages.
Mayor Tim Kabat declared May United Fund for the Arts and Humanities month.
To learn more about the organizations UFAH supports go to www.ufah.org