Superior Students Get Hands Wet with Project-Turned-Flood Recovery Effort

By KBJR News 1

October 8, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 3:48 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - A few months ago, high school seniors Brandon Gustafson and Ben Erickson approached Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen with the idea of hosting a fundraiser to help ease the financial burden the flood placed on their city.

Mayor Hagen quickly organized a committee of Superior officials, and "Tailgate to Recovery" began to take shape.

The seniors have been going door to door with Northland businesses, seeking material and monetary donations, which has been a learning process for all involved.

"Throughout the whole process we learned that you can't just show up for an event and expect everything to happen. I thought the senior project has taught us some skills that we'll bring with us for the rest of our lives," said senior/organizer Ben Erickson.

Surprisingly, however, the largest donation has come from overseas.

"Our biggest sponsor actually came from our sister city in Japan—Ami Machi—who helped raise $3,280 alone to help with our project," said senior/organizer Brandon Gustafson.

So far, the students have raised $15,375 for their cause.

Tailgate to Recovery will go from 10:30 AM to 8 PM, on Saturday, in the green space area between WITC and UWS, and will feature live music, a silent auction, family–friendly games, and more.