LA CROSSE, Wis. - (WXOW) – The La Crosse Police Department’s K-9 Unit will get a financial boost thanks to an annual fund-raising dinner.
The Apartment Association of La Crosse Area hosted its Fourth Annual Meatball Dinner Saturday at the American Legion Post #52 in La Crosse.
The event raised funds to help support the K-9 unit which operates exclusively on donations.
Officer Aaron Westpfahl, who is handler for Loki, said events like these are the lifeblood of the success of the K-9 Unit.
“All the donations that are made here and during our other fundraising events are used for things to include equipment, vet bills – although we get a lot of vet stuff donated to us as well – but a lot of training costs, food costs and all that money goes to our unit,” Westpfahl said. “It’s used specifically for making sure that our unit is successful.”
Organizers of the dinner sold more than 300 advance tickets and expected a number of people to walk in, carry out or drive up.
Those who ate at the event were also given the chance to meet the members of the unit and their handlers.
Along with the dinner there was a silent auction and a bake sale.