2nd Annual Anthony’s Day Fundraiser in memory of Anthony Fimple this Sunday – WIZM 92.3FM 1410AM
A little over two years ago, a shooting at the Twisted Moose took the life of an amazing young man. 19-year-old Anthony Fimple was so much more than a bouncer. All who knew him praised his kindness and generosity.
Anthony’s family and friends are keeping his legacy alive with the 2nd Annual Celebration of Life. Anthony’s Day is a free event taking place this Sunday 10th July from 12pm to 5pm at Myrick Park
All proceeds from this Sunday’s event benefit the Anthony Fund, a non-profit organization established last year by the La Crosse Community Foundation. For more information and online donations, visit her site.
Anthony’s colleague and friend Jake Amundson reached out to Fimple’s family for a fundraiser last year, and the event drew hundreds of people near Amundson’s Black Widow Tattoo Shop in Holmen.
This year’s event is even bigger, with live music, food trucks, soft drinks, beer and wine, and activities for all the family. There will be a car show featuring special guests from La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, disc golf and cornhole tournaments, and local craft vendors.
The event also features kids bike giveaways and even bike tuning. A chalk art competition is planned, an art exhibition and a joint mural painting. The artists take breaks from the art exhibition and each gets a segment of the mural. Anthony’s sister Maggie and father Gus will also paint the murals.
A willow tree was planted in Myrick Park in Anthony’s memory and the event offers the community an opportunity to plant flowers or take them home.
When organizers say it’s a family event, they mean doggos. There will even be a dog spray park and a nursing station.
Funds raised this year will go to WisCorps to help bring an urban ecology center to La Crosse. “Anthony was a member of WisCorps, on the mayor’s crew down there. And he was just so full of life and so full of love for his community that we just want to continue that,” his father Gus Fimple said on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk.
A reminder for visitors: La Crosse Street is under construction. So you must enter Myrick Park from the east by taking La Crosse St. from Losey Blvd.