Colfax students raise $2,100 for Mom’s owner

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  Students representing various student organizations in the Colfax school district have presented a check for $2,100 to the daughters of Linda Salazar, owner of Mom’s Restaurant and Pub in Colfax.

The student representatives visited Mom’s December 20 to bring get-well cards that some of the younger students had made and to present the check from their fund-raising efforts.

Students raised money for Salazar’s medical expenses by holding a Packer Day and by selling candygrams.

The middle school student council, the high school student council, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America), and the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) all worked on fund raising.

The FCCLA also donated the proceeds from working concessions to Salazar.

Linda Salazar was critically injured when she was struck by a passing vehicle while crossing Main Street at Fifth Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Friday, December 9, while on her way to open the restaurant.

Salazar suffered ten broken ribs, a broken arm, a broken leg, a broken ankle, a broken pelvis, a subdural hematoma on her brain, and various internal injuries.

As of press time, Salazar remained hospitalized in the critical care unit at Mayo Eau Claire.

The school district of Colfax held a Packer Day to help raise money for Linda’s medical expenses. The students were encouraged to wear Packer attire and to  make a donation, said Jillian Bowe, representing the seventh grade student council. 

Jillian had pictures of the students wearing their Packer attire, and Salazar’s daughters, Patti Houser and Angie Winslow, said they would display the pictures in the restaurant because that is what their mother would want. 

Salazar is a Green Bay Packers fan, and the restaurant is decorated with a variety of Packer photographs and memorabilia.

Katie Riley, representing the eight grade student council, presented get-well cards that students had made for Linda.

Houser said she would like to display the get-well cards in her mother’s hospital room.

Members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) sold candygrams during lunchtime at Colfax High School, and students could send messages to their friends. 

“It was a great way for the school to get together and to raise some money,” said Hannah Yingst, president of the Colfax chapter of the  FBLA.

Houser and Winslow were deeply appreciative of the check presented by the students.

“That’s a lot of money for kids to raise,” Houser said.