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Miracle Gala sets fundraising record

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Young boy and man smiling.
Charlie Steger, a 2023 Hero, with Dallas Werner at the Miracle Gala.

The Miracle Gala benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Gundersen set a new record this year, raising more than $102,000. The sold-out event was held earlier this year at the Cargill Room after a three-year hiatus driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Attendees met CMN Hospitals’ 2023 Heroes – five local kids and their families who act as ambassadors for CMN Hospitals throughout the year, while also learning about the ways donors can support local children on their medical journeys.  

“It was so exciting to have our Heroes and supporters all in the same room celebrating local miracles,” said Sierra Lyon, a CMN Hospitals specialist at Gundersen. “We are so grateful for the generosity of our community to change kids’ health. We’d like to thank our donors and sponsors for helping us set a new fundraising record at the Miracle Gala and for helping us make miracles happen for local families.”

The gala featured the debut of our 2023 Hero video, where attendees got to hear the Heroes’ stories.

The Miracle Gala featured the return of the dessert auction, featuring 21 desserts donated by area bakers, and a child art auction featuring masterpieces by the Heroes. The Fund-A-Miracle auction encouraged attendees to contribute to fund adaptive equipment and other CMN Hospitals’ services that help children gain some independence and focus on being kids.  

The Miracle Gala’s masters of ceremonies were WXOW News 19 anchor Dustin Luecke and Jedi Schaller, a 2022 Hero and cancer survivor. WXOW was also honored with CMN Hospitals’ Miracle Achievement Award for its 37-year partnership and support of CMN Hospitals.   

All donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at Gundersen help local kids and their families. With the support of Gundersen Medical Foundation, CMN Hospitals serves children in a 24 county service area no matter what the illness or where a child receives care.

Give now to support our Heroes or join us for the upcoming Miracle Gala on April 14 at the Cargill Room in downtown La Crosse. Ticket sales open in early 2024. 

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