Fundraiser Benefits Victims of Cromwell Car Crash

By KBJR News 1

January 3, 2013 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 8:04 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- The memory of two young men who tragically lost their lives in a car crash near Cromwell is bringing a community together.

Those who knew Zak Gamache and Mitch Lingren are hoping to help the grieving families, and the Northland is responding a big way.

In the office where they used to work is the nerve center of a community that wants to help.

25-year-old Gamache and 29-year-old Lingren lost their lives when they were thrown from their truck after being hit by a car in October.

Those who worked with the two feel the pain every day.

"Our course seeing their faces every day of the pictures we have hanging around that makes it sad," said Barb Bassa with the Carlton County Transportation Department.

"We didn't just work together, we played together, we fished together, we had sporting events together, we had pot lucks together. We were really a family here," said Milt Hagen, who worked with Zak and Mitch.

But out of tragedy and grief comes a glimmer of hope.

"A way for me to deal with my grief of losing those guys was to do something," said Bassa.

A fundraiser to be held next Friday at Clyde Iron works in Duluth. All the donated items that now fill their former office will be auctioned off.

The fundraiser starts at 3 PM.

"this is one way to help them through this, to show our love and support and encouragement, that they can get through the sorrow they've been through," said Hagen.

All the money raised will go to the families who lost two young men too soon.

For more information click on the link to the groups facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/MitchNZakMemorialFundraiser