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Second annual Gobble Wobble raises over $3,000 for the Autumn Community Sunshine Fund

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Gobble Wobble

CHIPPEWA FALLS (WQOW) -- Over 250 people, and a few dogs, took part at the second annual Gobble Wobble Thanksgiving Day walk and run outside Schuetzy's Tavern.

"We wanted to do something for the community because they have been so good to us and helping us," Lisa Schuetz, Gobble Wobble's organizer. "We thought what better way to do it then giving thanks. Last year we had about 100 people registered, and obviously the community has joined in this year because we are well over 250 people."

The Gobble Wobble's proceeds benefit a charity associated with the Community Foundation of Chippewa County. This year's recipient is the Autumn Community Sunshine Fund, a charity in honor of Autumn Helgeson who passed away three years ago in the Girl Scout crash tragedy in Chippewa Falls.

"We're blown away to see so many of our family and friends and the community here. It just means so much to us. We are grateful to Lisa for putting this on, and we're ready to do the walk," said Kim Helgeson, Autumn's mother. "This year we are going to be giving the proceeds from her fund to Agnes' Table. Agnes' Table was one of Autumn's favorite places to volunteer."

Both Brad and Kim Helgeson said there is not a single day that goes by that they don't think about Autumn.

"She was just a happy, innocent, loving, full of energy kid. She was a joy to be around. She loved kids, she loved art, she loved animals. Those are things we are trying to honor with her fund," Kim said.

Schuetz said it is incredible to see the community come together to help each other.

"We are a community, a homegrown neighborhood town. Everybody comes together. Even on this cold day, the outpouring of support of the people that are here, on their Thanksgiving Day, means so much," Schuetz said.

"Our community is a wonderful place. We are grateful to be a part of it, and the love and support that we all show for each other is amazing," Kim said.

Schuetz estimated that over $3,000 was raised.

To find out how you can donate to the Autumn Community Sunshine Fund, click or tap here.

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