LAKE MILLS — A benefit for Lake Mills Community School assistant wrestling coach Jason Gilbertson, injured in a car accident in September, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Lake Mills Community School foyer.

The free-will donation lunch will run the entire time with a menu of soup, dessert and drink.

There will also be a live auction beginning at 12:30 p.m., a silent auction that ends at 1:30 p.m. and a raffle. Among the items to be raffled will be two iPads, a Kindle Fire and an iPod.

The Lake Mills Wrestling Community is sponsoring the event.

Gilbertson, 33, was injured in the accident just before midnight on Sept. 29 when his car went off Interstate 35. His family believes he may have fallen asleep at the wheel. He was returning home from an Iowa State University football game in Ames.

His vehicle crossed the median and two southbound lanes before landing in a ditch.

When he did not arrive home, family members began to search for him. They came upon the accident scene the following morning.

Gilbertson was hospitalized with head trauma, a fractured hip, broken ankles and other injuries. After a month at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., Gilbertson is in a long-term acute care hospital for rehabilitation in St. Paul.

Funds raised from the benefit will help offset medical costs, said Sheri Schmidt, one of the “wrestling moms” who helped to organize the event.

“A lot of people wanted to do something; we live in a small town and thought this was something we could do,” she said.

Gilbertson and his wife, Stephanie, have a 4-month-old daughter, Madison. He works with his parents, Steve and Kathy Gilbertson, who own Gilbertson Tool and Die in Lake Mills.

A donation account has also been set up with Manufacturers Bank and Trust in Lake Mills, 106 W. Main St., Lake Mills, IA 50450.

— By Deb Nicklay

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