De Pere Fire Relief Fund: Questions and Answers – How to Get Involved


De Pere Fire Relief Fund

Questions and Answers

May 7, 2019

On April 24, 2019, an historic building collapsed during a massive fire on De Pere’s east side. Definitely De Pere, in consultation with the City of De Pere and Brown County United Way, has established a fire relief fund. The purpose of this fund is to assist individuals and businesses affected by the fire with their immediate unmet needs. Eligible applicants for assistance include residential and business tenants of 100 and 106 Broadway.

There is a significant and urgent need for fire victim assistance. Immediately following the fire, Definitely De Pere began outreach to the fire victims to gather their personal stories and offer support. This process is ongoing and continues to reveal information on significant gaps in what insurances will cover and the actual monetary costs incurred by apartment residents and business owners. Some victims have no fire insurance coverage.

The apartments and businesses located at these addresses experienced losses estimated to be as much as $1,000,000. The gap is estimated to be close to half that amount. To date, $22,121 has been raised for the De Pere Fire Relief Fund. Additional donations to the fund are welcomed and encouraged.

There are various ways in which individuals, businesses and foundations may donate to the fund:

Checks should be made out to De Pere Fire Relief Fund

Donations will be accepted through May 24th, with 100% of every contribution going directly to fire victims.

Information on how to apply for assistance through the fund will be publicly available by May 27th. Pending available dollars, it is anticipated that the fund will help compensate victims for losses not covered by personal or business insurances such as:

  • Personal care items
  • Clothing and furniture
  • Household supplies
  • Medical prescriptions and supplies
  • Food
  • Business-related capital expenditures

There are additional ways in which you can help:

Companies can plan a fundraiser or support the efforts that are currently under way. Several businesses have already coordinated activities in a quick, practical way to help make a difference.

Nicolet National Bank coordinated a ‘Jeans Day’ and asked anyone who wanted to wear jeans to work, to contribute $5 or more to the De Pere Fire Relief Fund. They were able to raise $1,300 in a single day.

The Runaway Spoon offered packaged dinners for sale for two. They received approximately 40 orders, which they hand delivered. Many of their clients donated beyond the price of the meals, and shared their message to raise awareness in the community. In total they were able to raise $1,156.

For one day, Gallagher’s Pizza donated 20% of their sales from all three locations to the fund and also collected general donations totaling $2,415.

Jenstar Movement Studiois hosted ‘Classes for a Cause’. Attendees were asked to make a minimum donation of $25 to attend and take part in a variety of fitness classes, raffles and a live interactive community art project. The total raised for the general fund was $1,100.

The City of De Pere has coordinated a ‘Fire Relief Jeans Day’ where City staff members who want to wear jeans that day are asked to make a $5 donation.

The Green Room is hosting a ComedyCity Family Fun Show on Tuesday, May 21 at 6 pm. Admission is $10 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Fire Relief Fund. Following this show is Comedic Neutral – Live Comedy at 8 pm. Tickets are $7 and The Green Room will be donating a portion of the ticket sales to the fund as well.

Great Harvest Bread Co. is doing a ‘take what you want, pay what you want’ from 2 – 6 pm Wednesday, May 22 on all items in the store.

Luna is selling one pound bags of their Life Boat Blend coffee with 100% of the first 35 bags sold benefiting the fund.

If you are coordinating a fundraiser, or plan to, please emailDefinitely De Pere and they will promote the event via their weekly newsletter and through social media outlets.

For more information, visit the Definitely De Pere website at on Facebook, or contact Tina Quigley at tina@definitelydepere.orgor (920) 403-0337.