MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota community is turning out in force this evening to help a former Mankato football player fighting to survive a brutal assault.
Isaac Kolstad, 24, remains in critical condition after allegedly being assaulted by two men. One of them is said to be former gopher quarterback Philip Nelson; the other, Trevor Shelley.
In the assault, Kolstad suffered severe head trauma during the fight outside of a bar early Sunday morning on May 11.
Now, the community in Mankato has pitched in in a big way and is expecting to host 1,500 people for a benefit and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The event is held at Fastenal — located on 150 Pauley Ct. in Mankato — where Kolstad worked selling construction supplies since January. The date of the event — May 22 – is also significant because No. 22 is Kolstad’s jersey number. They will be selling T-shirts with “#22STRONG” to honor him.
Friends and event organizers say they are already surprised at donations pouring in, including money, tables, chairs, silent auction items — even Port-A-Potties.
“No dollar amount can fix this situation, but that’s kind of that way people want to show their support – and they’re outpouring it,” said event organizer Dan Bruss. “And we want to make sure that everyone who wants to be here is here.”