Arthur & Shelley Fahey

2000 Commodore

Arthur Fahey and First Mate Shelley Fahey

Commodore Career: Director of the La Crosse Center

Commodore Date of Birth: 11.17.1953

Commodore Hometown: Belleville, WI

Siblings in order: John Fahey, Arthur Fahey, Connie Fahey, Nancy Fahey

First Mate Career: Travel Agent

First Mate Date of Birth: 10.29.1953

Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

Siblings in order: Grant Steinmann, Shelley Steinmann Fahey, Clay Steinmann

Children 1: Stacy K. Fahey

Date of Marriage: 8.28.1982

How did you and your partner meet? We both went to UWL. Did not know each other until we both had graduated.

We were both living in the Milwaukee area and one each of our roommates (who had married each other) said we should meet and go on a date. So we did.

Commodore Hobbies and Interests: Kayaking, golf, motorcycles and sports.

Commodore Community Involvement: Board Member of La Crosse Convention andVisitors Bureau, UW-La Crosse L Club, PA Announcer for UWL home football games, past member of Freedom Fest Concert Board, Magnum Broadcasting announcing, Emcee for Show Choir competitions and a member of La Crosse Downtown Rotary.

First Mate Hobbies and Interests: Reading, traveling. First Mate Community Involvement: W.I.A.A.

Gymnastics Judge.

Interesting Family History: Art – Brother is a retired carpenter, sister #1 is in Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis and sister #2 is the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Illinois. The family

farm has been run by the family for over 100 years. Irish heritage going back to Cork and Galway counties in Ireland.

Shelley – 1st brother is retired from Harley Davidsion. 2nd brother is a carpenter and has his own business. My grandfather on my Mother’s side came over on the boat from Italy into Ellis Island. His name was Enrico Lanucci…and he changed it to Frank Ferro.

Tell the story of how you were asked to be a Commodore and First Mate: Commodore Lee Snapp (1988) and Commodore Herb French (1998) set the “ask” up. I am the Director of the LaCrosse Center. At that time Lee Snapp was the General Manager of our indoor football team. He told me that the ownership group of the team wanted to meet and renegotiate their contract. I was in my first year of being the venue director. Needless to say there was a

lot of nervousness and preparation for the meeting. I was called to the teams’ offices at the end of the day. There Herb and Lee greeted me, sat me down with a soda and in marched a gang of Commodores and sprang it on me.

The follow-up to this was I said I had to talk to my wife before I accepted. I went home and told Shelley “we are doing this. Too great of an honor to turn down.” That was the spring of 2000.

One thing on your Bucket List: Travel to Europe again.

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