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Reach for the Stars fundraiser in River Falls tops $28,000

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The Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley's 5th annual fundraiser, Reach for the Stars "Under the Bella Luna," brought in over $28,000 to help provide free parent education and support for local families in Pierce, St. Croix, and Polk Counties.

Held the evening of Sunday, April 25, at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club, Reach for the Stars "Under the Bella Luna" was organized with an Italian theme and featured an Italian sit-down dinner; raffles, live, silent, and dessert auctions; music; and stories from parents who participate in our programs. Over 230 people attended. Amy Schreiner of River Falls, was the winner of a signed Bon Jovi guitar.

"I believe children are the products of their environment," said Tatiana Volin of Hudson, who receives monthly FRCSCV home visits.

Volin spoke at Reach for the Stars about why she values the FRCSCV's parent education programs. She added that the FRCSCV had helped her with her parenting challenges when no other resource could. Teen parent Brenna Delaney of New Richmond also shared her story as a speaker at the event.

"We couldn't be more pleased with Reach for the Stars this year," said Patty Draxler, FRCSCV's Executive Director. "We are grateful to all the people who made this possible--our business sponsors, our attendees, our board, and our staff were all instrumental to this year's success."

All funds raised at Reach for the Stars support the FRCSCV's mission to strengthen children, families, and communities by offering education, resources, and support.

The FRCSCV offers free hospital visits, Baby & Me classes, Play & Learn groups, screenings, a teen parent program, and a resource referral network available to any family with children from birth to age 6 in Pierce, St. Croix, and Polk Counties.

For more information about the Center's programs and services, or to learn more about donating or volunteering, contact the Family Resource Center at 715-684-4440, , or