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Creation of a new memorial fund for the family who lost an 8-month-old child in an accident


OSHKOSH – A fundraiser for the Vinland family who lost an 8-month-old boy in a semi-accident has raised more than half of their $100,000 goal in less than three weeks. Now, its organizer wants to streamline the donation process.

Trevor Fenrich, executive director and founder of Solutions Recovery, helped coordinate initial fundraising for the Stechner family through a donation page on his nonprofit’s website..

He has now partnered with Fox Communities Credit Union to create a memorial fund for 8-month-old Martin Stechner III that will allow funds to go directly to the family instead of what was a longer process.

He said working with the credit union will also allow fundraising to have a greater reach in the Fox Valley.

“We wanted to increase fundraising impact and increase awareness,” Fenrich said.

Fenrich began fundraising after a tractor-trailer veered off Interstate 41 near State 76 on July 26 and crashed into the Stechner family home, killing their infant son, Martin, and destroying their home and “almost everything” inside. The family also has three daughters.

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Fox Communities Credit Union announced the memorial fund Monday in a press release and said all donations would go to the family to “give them the tools they need to start rebuilding.”

The press release says 100% of donations will go to the family to help them “find some comfort” after the tragedy.

The fundraiser’s website says its goal is to raise $100,000. Already, the fund has raised more than $50,000 for the family, according to Fenrich, with nearly $40,000 coming from the online reader and another $14,000 from checks or cash donations deposited at Fox Communities branches. CreditUnion.

“Our community has really come together to support the family,” Fenrich said.

Fenrich recently spoke to the family and said they were “tremendously grateful” for the support and look forward to moving into a new home soon.

The credit union accepts cash or check donations at any of its 20 locations in and around Fox Valley, or checks can be mailed to:

Fox Communities Credit Union

Attention: Martin Stechner Memorial

3401 E. Calumet Street

Appleton, WI 54915

Online donations can still be made at www.Stechnerfund.com.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, who suffered minor injuries in the accident, is a 63-year-old man from Little Chute, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office. An initial investigation revealed that the driver passed out before losing control of the vehicle, causing the tractor-trailer to veer off the highway toward the house. The investigation is ongoing.

Contact Bremen Keasey at 920-570-5614 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @Keasinho.