Area man builds car in memory of friend

Eleva, WI (WEAU) -- An area man is remembering a friend in an unusual way, all while contributing to a good cause.

Broiler Fest in Eleva is a time to let loose and have some fun, but for Steve Kummer, this year, it has a different meaning.

"We had talked about building a car to raffle off to raise money the fire department. Brandon Semingson, was a member of the fire department and he thought it was a great idea, so we had planned on doing it. A week later Brandon was tragically killed in a snowmobiling accident and it was all the more reason
to build the car, and to build it in memory of Brandon"

Semingson was killed in a snowmobile crash in March of 2014, and now Kummer has built a car in his memory and to raise money for the Eleva fire department. Kummer says the community has been supportive of his efforts.

Kummer says, "I think they really appreciate it, we've had a lot of good feedback from people in the community. It really touched Brett and his wife, Brandon's parents when I showed it to them. We kept it a secret from them, so it was quite a surprise for them."

The car will be raffled off around 8pm tonight, May 31st, and the winner of that raffle will have the opportunity to drive the car in the mid-range show in Eleva's 1st annual demolition derby.

Kummer says the reason why he put so much work into building the car was all to honor Brandon's memory.

"I know whenever anything needed to be done anybody needed any help, Brandon was there to help, Brandon would do anything for anybody, so this is for you Brandon."

Raffle tickets for the car are $5 each or five for $20. The derby will take place tomorrow at 3:30pm at the pull track in Eleva.

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