The community stepped in to assist after an SUV crashed into the Waukesha Christmas Parade, injuring over 60 people and killing 6.  

Over the course of the week, more than $2 million has been donated by people across the nation to victims and their efforts.

Within minutes of the tragedy, donations have come flooding in to the United for Waukesha Community Fund.

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Since Sunday, the United for Waukesha Community Fund received roughly $1.8 million, with 7,000 individual donors. The donors came from 12 different countries and all 50 states.  

GE was the largest donor with $100,000. The Walbec group, Kohl’s, and American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation donated each $50,000. A representative from Waukesha County Foundation verified the donation.

GoFundMe has raised more than one million dollars

As of Friday, more than a million dollars had also been raised for victims under the umbrella page that includes 29 verified GoFundMe pages.  

The GoFundMe for the Sparks family has raised the most, with $428,498 pledged as of Friday. Tucker Sparks,12, is recovering from a fractured skull and road rash. His brother, Jackson Sparks, 8, died Nov. 23 as a result of his injuries.  

Six other accounts have received more than $50,000, and four others raised over $100,000.

Line up outside the door 

Culver’s of Waukesha donated 50% of its Wednesday proceeds to the Xtreme Dance Team, which had many members sustaining injuries from the Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy.

A queue of cars snaked around the outside of the Culver’s building, 2600 N. Grandview Blvd. It then crossed over to Grandview Boulevard and blocked one lane. 

“I didn’t expect this,” said Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team director Sandy Feller.

Waukesha Xtreme Dance Team handed out Build-A-Bears to girls on the team Wednesday at a benefit at a Culver's in Waukesha. The bears had been donated to the dance team, which was one of the groups most heavily impacted when a man in a red Ford Escape barreled down the Waukesha Christmas parade, killing at least six and injuring more than 60.

Culver’s, 2600 N. Grandview Blvd., raised $28,000 for the dance team. 

The Culver’s locations at 840 Sunset Drive and 1650 E Main St., both Waukesha, together raised $44,000. 

The customers were quickly out the door and in the lobby. No customer complained. Kyle Soderstrom from the Culver’s restaurant on Grandview said the drive-thru was wrapped around and down the street. 

For us, it was about grieving and coping more than the financial aspect of this. Talking with dancers’ parents was an important step. Soderstrom stated, “I’m able to tell you that our dance team appreciated the outpouring support.” 

Joseph Fifnaios said that Coop is the downtown restaurant which will donate all its Nov. 26, proceeds. The line started even before it opened. “It is great and heartwarming. At 7 AM, everyone was lined up waiting to get inside. This was amazing.

Jersey Mike’s Subs raised $18,000 Nov. 24 between its two Waukesha locations, donating 100% of its proceeds to help those affected by the Waukesha Parade Tragedy. 

Police investigate at the scene of a crash involving multiple people and injuries at a holiday parade in Waukesha on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.

Tim Downing, owner of the shop said that it was “remarkable to see the community come out and support us in such a way.” “It is a great reminder to me as to why I do what I do, which is to be an active business in the communities that my stores are a part of and to enhance the lives of others through a sub sandwich.” 

“It was very inspiring and humbling to see the amount of people show up that did to support our efforts to support the community,” he said.

The restaurant donations all went to the United for Waukesha Community Fund.

Local businesses also continue to fundraise for victims through numerous other fundraising events. 

Sarah Volpenhein also contributed to this reporting.

Cathy Kozlowicz can be reached at 262-361-9132 or [email protected] Follow her @ @kozlowicz_cathy.



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