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Fundraising for memorial playground tops $100,000

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- Money to build a playground to memorialize three girls murdered by their father has surpassed $100,000.

That amount will need to multiply fivefold before Tri Angels Playground in River Falls becomes a reality.

Amara, Cecilia and Sophie Schaffhausen were killed by their father, Aaron Schaffhausen, in July 2012. He is serving a life sentence for the crimes.

Becky Stotz, grandmother of the three girls, said collections for the playground remain steady. Stotz’s daughter and the girls’ mother, Jessica, remarried Nov. 16 and moved to a new house in River Falls.

As of last week, the playground fundraising total was $108,885. The aim is to raise at least $550,000.

Stotz, who lives in Springfield, Ill., said a fundraising committee has applied for a $100,000 grant for the project from Bremer Bank and a $50,000 grant from an unnamed local business.

To donate, visit or mail a check to Unlimited Play/Tri-Angels Playground/4140 Old Mill Parkway/St. Peters, MO 63376.