Benefit keeps Aaron’s memory alive, helps student athlete

It has been six years since Aaron Kelzer of Mayer tragically lost his life in an automobile accident.

Aaron’s parents, Mark and Colleen Kelzer, will be holding a Memorial Benefit in their son’s honor on July 19 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Mayer.

Aaron was known as a cheery, caring person who loved sports, especially basketball. Aaron was also in band where he played the tuba, and he was also involved in the 4-H Club. Not to mention, Aaron took part in numerous organizations including German Club, where he volunteered for the Watertown Lions Club to raise money for his school’s German class trip to Germany.

It was six years ago when Aaron was on his way to volunteer at a Lions event when the accident occurred but Aaron continues to touch the lives of many individuals. Aaron is responsible for 201 different organ or tissue donations. After his death, Aaron’s corneas were donated to two people who received vision-saving cornea transplants.

“Aaron’s true love of life will always live deep within us,” said Colleen. “His smile and laughter will forever ring in our head and hearts.”

In his memory, the Kelzer family created the Aaron Kelzer Memorial Fund to help senior athletes and those involved in the community with future college tuition. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is a member of the Watertown-Mayer High School basketball team and who demonstrates the selfless traits that Aaron personified.

The Kelzer family is also hoping to expand the scholarship to help a local graduating member of the WMHS band. Making a financial contribution or donating items to the silent auction can help make a positive influence on the community the way Aaron did.

Dinner tickets for the benefit will be available at the door for a donation of $10 and children under 10 are $5. An assortment of brats, compliments of Taylor Meats, will be served.

The benefit will also include games, a large raffle with prizes and a silent auction. Raffle items will include wireless speakers, and an Android tablet. Some silent auction items include an autographed Tony Dungy football and a Richard Pitino signed basketball.

Aaron’s benefit will be held at the home of Mark and Colleen Kelzer, 14465 58th in Mayer. Donations can be made out to Aaron Kelzer Memorial Fund. Donations can also be sent to: 16508 Blenheim Way, Minnetonka, MN. 55345. For any questions, send an email to Jeremykelzer@gmail.com.

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