Well, this is officially a thing. And I love it.
A few updates on the now-viral effort to erect a Crusher statue in South Milwaukee …
- In about a week, fundraising has surged to almost $20,000 — almost halfway to the goal — thanks in part to a $10,000 donation on Friday from Craig Kasten, who told organizer Chris Smith “that when he heard about the campaign he wanted to do something because he was a huge Crusher fan when he was young and the statue is something that simply needs to happen.”
- Sal from Papa Luigi’s also gave $1,000!
- In all, more than 130 people have donated on the GoFundMe page.
- Media interest has also been high. If you didn’t see Jim Stingl’s column on this, check it out here. And check out Gene Mueller’s blog post, and coverage from Fox 6.
- There is a new fundraising event, too, next week. Here is a list …
- Thursday, Feb. 8: Crusher Kickoff Fundraiser, 7:30 p.m. at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, 1920 S. 37th St. Details here.
- Thursday, Feb. 22: Crusher Night at The Vanguard, 2659 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., starting at 4 p.m. Look for a special Crusher sausage! Details here.
- Thursday, March 15: Look for more details soon on an event at The Tap Room, 1301 Milwaukee Ave. in South Milwaukee. Proceeds from sales that day — the first day of the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament — will go toward the statue.
Thanks to all the fans who have gotten behind this. I’m one of them — I’m excited to see the community rally behind this effort to memorialize a South Milwaukee icon.
How ’bout dat!?
More details at DaCrusher.org.