Family, friends throw fundraiser for South Shore man

Tribune staff report
South Shore local Matthew Marhefka is now a quadriplegic after suffering an injury in a dirt bike accident on Aug. 26. A fundraiser is being held for him at The Classic Cue on Nov. 1.
Provided courtesy of Jessica Lenzini |

Friends and family of a South Shore man who became a quadriplegic after a dirt bike accident on Aug. 26 are throwing a fundraiser to help pay for needed home modifications and equipment related to the injury.

Matthew Marhefka was involved in the accident on Powerline Trail when he suffered three shattered vertebrae and became paralyzed from the neck down. He underwent a successful surgery to stabilize his spine, but is still permanently quadriplegic.

Marhefka spent seven weeks in the trauma unit at Renown Regional Medical Center, battled pneumonia and breathing complications, before his lungs cleared and grew stronger.

This week, he was flown to Santa Clara Valley Medical Rehabilitation Center to begin a six-week program that will help him cope with his life-changing injury and learn how to live the rest of his life.

The fundraiser will directly support home modifications and equipment for Marhefka.

The event will be held at The Classic Cue, located at 1965 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Suite B, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1. It will include a raffle and live music from Molly Mae Dellalo and South Shore Riot.

A silent auction will also be held and feature items donated by local businesses and member of the community.

A portion of The Classic Cue’s proceeds that day will be donated into Marhefka’s trust. Families are welcome to attend the fundraiser.

For questions about the event or donating an item, call Jessica Knab-Irish at 530-307-2530.

Donations can also be made directly into Marhefka’s donation account at any US Bank branch. The name of the account is “Matthew Marhefka Benefit Account.”

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