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Rice Lake native donates $1 million to tornado relief fund

Foster Friess sends $1M to NW Wisconsin
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Posted at 6:51 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 11:18:08-04

Rice Lake native Foster Friess has donated $1 million for tornado relief following last week's twister in northwestern Wisconsin.

The money is for a "Challenge Grant" with Red Cedar Church in Rice Lake.

The tornado killed one man, injured multiple people, and caused about $10 million in damage.

"Please dig deeply to help these people, who in less than an hour’s time, life was changed so dramatically for them," Foster Friess said. "Many of them have nothing but the clothes on their back.

"Their car is damaged, their home gone, including all the contents blown into the next county. My eagerness to issue the challenge grant to you was inspired when I saw how touched Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was as he met the people, hugged them, and encouraged them."

Friess and his family will double every amount sent to Red Cedar Church.

"Foster saw the devastation firsthand and he is donating an incredible amount of personal money to help those in need," Governor Walker said. "I thank the Friess family for their generosity and I know those impacted by these storms greatly appreciate this assistance in their time of need."

Donations to those affected by the disaster can be made here.