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Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Absolutely Amazing….Totally Awesome….What a day it was! Thank you to everyone who helped to make the “2017 Who Will Be Smarter than Fifth Grader?” fundraising event the most successful of all, raising over $127,000. Simply Superb!!!

RSVP Smarter than a 5th Grader Fundraiser

On April 22nd, 16 Fabulous Fifth Graders and 16 Competitive Community Celebrities, joined forces at Valley View Mall to test their knowledge and battle for the championship. Competitive? Yes it was, as the sixteen teams answered fifth grade math, science, social studies, geography and yes, pop culture questions, until there were only three teams remaining going to the final round. Those three teams were Lucas Morrissey – Johnson Landscaping, and Scarlett Elder, from SOTA-1, Tom Brock –Altra Federal Credit Union, and Arthur Wu from Eagle Bluff Elementary, and Dr. Scott Rathgaber, CEO Gundersen Health System and Asher Mask from Harry Spence Elementary School.

RSVP audience

After a grueling three rounds of questioning, congratulations go to the winning team of Dr. Scott Rathgaber and his fifth grader, Asher Mask. Dr. Rathgaber received lots of prizes including a $500.00 Travel Certificate, courtesy of Travel Leaders-Owned and Operated by Goli’s Avenues of Travel; Asher received a check for $1,000.00 for his school, and the fun thing is…he gets to choose how to spend it. Along with that, Asher got lots of cool prizes. In addition to being the grand champions, Dr. Rathgaber was also the People’s Choice Award winner, raising the most amount of money for any contestant, $12,276. Congratulations Dr. Rathgaber and Asher.

Winners of the RSVP Event

Many thanks to our Founding Partners: Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Travel Leaders, Coulee Bank, Valley View Mall, Fox 25/48. Our Media Sponsor, WKBT-News 8. Platinum Sponsors: Altra Federal Credit Union, Associated Bank, Clason GMC, Cowgill Dental, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Dahl Automotive, E & C Etcetera Clothing, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Gundersen Health System, Elizabeth Houskamp, Kaplan, La Crosse Community Theatre, LHI, John & Linda Lyche, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, John & Deb Morrissey, Jay & Barbara Nick, Nicolai Apartments, Mark Platt, Scott Rathgaber, Jack & Judy Rusch, River States Truck & Trailer, RLR Properties, Robert & Eleanor Franke Foundation, Stifel, Textron, Toyota of La Crosse, and Trust Point, Gold Sponsors: Barry Blomquist & Eva Dahl, Tom & Jan Brock, Cleary Management, DeBauche Truck & Diesel, Dynamic Recycling, Employees of Altra Federal Credit Union, The Insurance Center, Level5, Lisa Holly, Sean Holly, Lucreta Jahnke, Steven & Lynnetta Kopp, Merchants Bank, Jeanne Meyer, Rebecca & Jim Naugler, Gerald Paul, Pischke Motors, River Town Dental, Seven Bridges Bank, Brent Smith, Connie Smith, US Bank, Mary Jo Werner, WebTeam, Xcel Energy, Joe Zoellner, and Z-Care, to our hosts, Valley View Mall-Laurie Cafe and Jeff Odom.

Winners of the RSVP Event

Thank you to our celebrity judges; Kay Berra-Blessed Sacrament School, Jodi Brueggeman-School District of La Crosse, Sue Amble-St. Patrick School, Steve Kopp; our emcee, Brad Williams-Mid-West Family Broadcasting, our videographer, Dan Wiese-School District of La Crosse, our photographer-Matt Pagliaro, our volunteer helpers Mary Greene, Sr. Fran Browning and Beth Curtis. A special thank you to my staff-Jean Pagliaro, and Ruth Kinstler, they made it all look easy.

Thanks to all of our question sponsors, in-kind donors and to everyone who came out to support our event. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for helping to make our event a Success.

Looking forward to our tenth year- April 21, 2018.


Media Sponsor

WKBT La Crosse Tribune

Founding Partners


Platinum Sponsors

Altra Credit Union Associated Bank
Clason Buick Cowgill Dental
<Dahl Automotive Dairyland Power
Endlessly and Constantly Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Robert & Eleanor Franke Foundation Gundersen Health System - La Crosse, Wisconsin
Elizabeth Houskamp Kaplan University
La Crosse Community Theatre (LCT) Logistics Health Inc
The Lyche Family
< Mark Platt
River States Truck & Trailer RLR Properties
Jack & Judy Rusch Stifel
Toyota of La Crosse Trust Point Investments

Sample Questions
(Click the question to get the answer.)

  1. A lion kills and eats a zebra. Which animal is the predator?
    A. lion
    B. zebra
    C. both
    D. neither

  2. A. lion

  3. What takes place in your stomach and intestines?
    A. fermentation
    B. digestion
    C. respiration
    D. reproduction

  4. B. digestion

  5. Which is the largest planet in our solar system?
    A. Jupiter
    B. Neptune
    C. Mercury
    D. Saturn

  6. A. Jupiter

  7. What is a toad?
    A. amphibian
    B. mammal
    C. reptile
    D. insect

  8. A. amphibian

  9. What is a simple machine consisting of a wheel and a rope called?
    A. gear
    B. pulley
    C. lever
    D. scale

  10. B. pulley

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Upcoming Events

Gundersen Health System is in need of Walker Bags (15 1/2 x 9 1/2) and Wheelchair Bags (20 1/2 x 15). If you have made these in the past or would like a pattern stop by the office anytime.

La Crosse County Historical Society is looking for Historic House museum guides Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30-2:30. Training provided. Call RSVP at 608-785-0500 for more information or to volunteer!

La Crosse County Home delivered meals is in need of help delivering meals on Wednesdays at 10:30 and takes about 2 hours. Call RSVP 608-785-0500 to volunteer.

Local sites that could use your help. Children's Museum, Family and Children's Center and La Crosse County Admin Building. If interested contact RSVP at 608-785-0500

Be part of the healing process, Gundersen Gift Shop is looking for help on Thursday and Friday afternoons, from 1-4 or 1-5. If interested call RSVP 608-785-0500

Great Rivers United Way - Read to Success at Central High School is looking for a tutor/mentor on either Wednesday or Thursday from 2:30-3:30. If interested call RSVP 608-785-0500

Bethany-Riverside Nursing Home is looking for volunteers to assist with their Warm Program, assisting residents who can't feed themselves. Lunch or Dinner times available. Call RSVP 608-785-0500.

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