LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – UW-La Crosse received it's biggest gift ever Thursday, totaling $2.1 million thanks to the Menard family.
The $2.1 million kick-starts the Menard family Midwest initiative for economic engagement and research.
The donation will be spread throughout several different sectors of the University.
"We've already had a great tradition of collaborative work between students and faculty. This will just take it to the next level. I think what the Menard family saw was, we've been successful at this, so let's help them do this even better," Chancellor Joe Gow said.
John Menard Jr. is an Eau Claire area farm kid. Since launching Menards in 1958, there are more than 300 stores across 14 states.