Western Technical College project management students successfully raised $10,500 for the Remembering Jesse Parker charity - enough to build a well in an impoverished community in Uganda.
The fundraising project is an annual requirement for the class of Marketing and Business Management program students. The class divides into groups that plan and execute fundraising
events for charities of their choice.
Some of the events included a pie-throwing fundraiser that offered the chance to pitch a pie at La Crosse Mayor Matt Harter, and an Educational Walk that allowed participants to experience what it's like for Ugandan families to carry 40 pounds of water in a jerry can.
The students approached local businesses and organizations for donations.
The Remembering Jesse Parker charity was created in honor of the son of Western Accounting instructor Jenny Parker. Jesse was killed in a 2009 car accident, shortly after graduating from Tomah High School.