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Associated Bank grants $6,000 to Eagle River organizations
EAGLE RIVER - The Associated Bank in Eagle River gave grants to local organizations that support important causes: the homeless and saving the Eagle River hockey dome.
Representatives from Caritas, Sunshine for Humanity and the Eagle River Recreation Association came to the Associated Bank's customer appreciation event Friday to accept grants ranging up to $2,500.

The Eagle River Recreation Association will spend their newly received $1,000 towards the "Save the Dome" campaign, which supports renovations to the world's only surviving wooden dome. There are numerous renovations needed for the beloved, but deteriorating, arena. 

"This grant actually gives us the actual money to put forth to the cost of repairing the dome," says Amanda Mattke of the Eagle River Recreation Association. "It's the money that we need to pay for the work, pay for the materials, pay for the upkeep that we need to keep that dome going."

The money will go directly to updating the infrastructure of the hockey dome as it prepares to open for the upcoming hockey season.

For the organizations that assist the homeless, these funds will be allocated in a few different ways.

Five thousand dollars will go towards helping the homeless not only survive, but thrive.

"Not only do we house them but we help feed them if necessary, if they have no food," says Debra Johnson from Sunshine for Humanity. "We help with transportation, with them it is all essential to get these people up and back into the community and not be homeless."

Caritas tries their best to help people struggling with their finances.

"People find themselves in a hole because they don't have enough money to pay their electric bill," says Bill Henderson of Caritas. "We can't teach them how to get out of a hole but we can help them. And that's what we do."

Story By: Maya Reese

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