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There are many ways to get involved in Children's Miracle Network at Gundersen Health System. From the 3-day Radiothon, to the Emerald Ball, to even stopping at some of your favorite retailers, there is a way for you to show your support of CMN.

Emerald Ball

Emerald Ball is an annual celebration of the children and families who are touched by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals®. Together with Spectrum and the La Crosse Media Group, CMN Hospitals will honor the current CMN Hospitals Heroes and the Emerald Ball King and Queen - exemplary community members and supporters of CMN Hospitals - at this entertaining dinner, auction and fundraising gala.

Emerald Ball 2017
Friday, March 31
King and Queen: Dr. Jeff and Sandy Thompson
The Cargill Room, 328 Front Street, La Crosse, Wis.

  • 5:30 p.m. Social
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
  • 8:00 p.m. Child Art Auction, Fund a Miracle and Dessert Auction

Tickets are $45/each or $360 for a table of 8.

Dinner options include: mahi mahi, panko crusted chicken with Marsala mushroom sauce, signature mac n cheese (vegetarian, with grilled shrimp or with grilled chicken), or a kids meal.

Complimentary parking services will be provided by The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern.

Please RSVP by calling CMN Hospitals at (608) 775-4424 or by March 22.

Proceeds benefit CMN Hospitals, a service of Gundersen Medical Foundation

Presenting Sponsors

  • La Crosse Media Group
  • Spectrum


  • Digicopy


  • Brenengen Autogroup
  • Winona Heating and Ventilating


  • Coulee Bank

Child Art Auction

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western WI and Southeastern MN


  • Outback Entertainment

Other Events

March 1-31 – CMN Hospitals Hero Card Sales
Purchase a pack of Hero note cards online at or you can purchase them at the following locations: La Crosse Campus Gift Shop, Onalaska Health Shop and Gundersen Credit Union. Each package contains 10 blank cards, envelopes and seals all designed by our 2016-2017 Heroes. Each package costs $5 each.

March 1-31 – Dairy Queen Round-Up Campaign
Round up your purchase to the nearest dollar and donate your change to CMN Hospitals when you visit your local participating Dairy Queen locations.

March 5 – Teddy Bear Clinic
Children of all ages are invited to be doctors for a day at Gundersen's Pediatrics' 11th annual Teddy Bear Clinic at the Children's Museum of La Crosse. This free features hands-on activities to teach children about different medical exams and to help take the fear out of visiting the doctor. For more information, contact the Children's Museum at (608)784-2652.

March 20 – Dairy Queen Free Cone Day
Stop into local participating Dairy Queen locations for a free small cone. Make a donation to CMN Hospitals and locations will dip or sprinkle your cone.

March 25 – Ace in the Hole Bean Bag Tournament
Sign up now for the double elimination, competitive and social division bean bag tournament. Check in at 10 a.m. and tossing begins at 11 the Onalaska Omni Center. Cost is $50 per two-person team. Cash and raffle prizes are up for grabs. To register your team, go to

March 25 – SHS Key Club Sweet Dreams Event
Stop by Sparta High School and purchase some sweet treats while supporting a great cause. The Sparta High School Key Club is holding its annual bake sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with all proceeds benefiting CMN Hospitals.

March 31 – Emerald Ball
Spectrum and the La Crosse Media Group, together with CMN Hospitals, present the ninth annual Emerald Ball beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Cargill Room, La Crosse. You're invited to an evening of dining and entertainment, including the Child Art Auction, Dessert Auction and Fund a Miracle. This year's king and queen are Dr. Jeff and Sandy Thompson. Call (608) 775-4424 or email to reserve your seat for $45. Register by March 22; seating is limited.

Adorable Children's Portrait Contest – The Studio on Main
Now through June 10, participate in the portrait contest for $20 with 100 percent being donated to CMN Hospitals, and you can purchase specialty packages starting at $99. Kids 12 and under can be submitted for the contest with prize opportunities over $13,000. Images are judged for quality, charm, expression and personality. Winners announced July 28. For details, go to or call (608) 782-1080.

April 8 – Seventh Annual Onalaska Fire Department
Firehouse 5K
Register for the Firehouse 5K run/walk at the Onalaska Fire Department beginning at 8 a.m. Registration forms are available at area Subway locations, YMCA locations, the Onalaska Fire Department or online at


Gift Cards: The New Toy Drive

  • We are extremely grateful for the toy drives that our community members hold to supply us with toys and small gifts for our patients to assist them with their recovery. Since space in our hospital to store all of these lovely toys and gifts is now at a premium, you can really help us by holding a "Gift Card Drive" for our patients, instead of a traditional toy drive.
  • Gift cards allow us to maximize your gift to our patients because they provide our staff with the flexibility to make "on-demand" toy purchases as they are needed by our patients.
  • If a particular patient would benefit less from a toy and more from an educational game or book, we might be able to distribute a gift card to that patient as a gift from you to them during their recovery.
  • If you would like more information on gift card options, please call (608) 775-4424.


Join Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and La Crosse Radio Group for their largest fundraising event of the year. During this three-day event, hear stories and live interviews from local children and families who have been assisted by CMN Hospitals. Their stories inspire and encourage listeners to pledge funds to support kids just like them. All the money raised locally, stays right here in the Coulee Region to help our children, so listen in, call in or donate online and help make miracles happen.

  • Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located at Gundersen Health System, La Crosse Campus, Clinic Lobby. View the informational flier on the event.

Listen on our Miracle Network radio stations

Kicks 106.3, Eagle 102.7 and Magic 105

Be ready to call in and "Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are."

To make your gift, call (800) 853-6889 or donate online.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Thank you to the La Crosse Radio Group - our signature sponsor and host of Radiothon!

Miracle Maker Sponsors

  • Oral Surgery Clinic of La Crosse

Hero Program Sponsor

  • 7 Rivers Region Chapter of Credit Unions

Daily Title Sponsors

  • Cary Heating and Air Conditioning
  • HotSpring Pool and Spas
  • Oral Surgery Clinic of La Crosse

Phone Bank Sponsor

  • BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Triple Power Hour Sponsors

  • Benedictine Living Community of La Crosse
  • Wieser Brothers

Power Hour Sponsor

  • La Crosse Archery

Family Interview Area Sponsor

  • BioLife Plasma Services

180 Sponsor

  • John's Omni Auto Services

There is always time to pledge your support
Call (608) 775-4424 or make a gift a gift online.

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