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Free car wash raises big money for Eau Claire teen injured in tragic accident

Eau Claire (WQOW) — 
Free car washes raised big money for an Eau Claire student recovering from a tragic accident.

Thursday, Morrie’s Mazda held a fundraiser for Eau Claire teen Zach Caterer, who was severely injured in a water accident. Caterer is currently going through serious inpatient physical therapy at Gillette Children’s Hospital in Minnesota.

$5,000 was raised for the Caterer family at Thursday’s event

For every car that went through the free car wash, Morrie’s donated $5 to the family. When all was said and done, between Morrie’s and personal donations, $5,000 was raised for the Caterer family.

There is another fundraiser in the community set up to benefit the Caterer family at Friday night’s football game at Carson Park between Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire Memorial. White t-shirts will be sold for $20 each, with all of the proceeds going to the Caterer family.

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Morrie’s will be giving away free car washes Thursday, and donating $5 per car to the family of a boy seriously hurt in an accident.

On August 3, 17-year-old Zach Caterer was involved in a water accident that caused severe spinal cord injuries. He was airlifted from his volunteer summer job at Young Life Castaway Camp in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Zach’s mom Sue Caterer told News 18 she and the family are at Gillette Children’s Hospital in Saint Paul where Zach is undergoing intense physical therapy.

On Thursday, people will be able to get a free automated car wash at Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda. For every car that comes through the car wash, $5 will be donated to the Caterer family.

“How tough is the situation been for us? Its been a nightmare I want to wake up from,” said Sue Caterer. “I have to say it’s probably every parent’s worst nightmare but honestly, we don’t focus on how bad it is, but we rejoice in all of the good things we are grateful for.”

There is another fundraiser in the community set up to benefit the Caterer family at the Friday night football game at Carson Park, Memorial Vs. Chippewa Falls High School.

At the football game, white t-shirts will be sold for $20 each, all of the profits will go to the Caterer family. Organizers said the goal is to get everyone to wear a white t-shirt at the game for an effort they’re calling Zach’s White-Out.  Organizers said people do not have to buy one of the special shirts, just come wearing a white shirt of your own.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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