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$25 grand from MOMs

The Nevada City Schools Foundation is $25,000 richer after this past weekend’s 10th annual Moms on the Mountains hike and fund-raiser at Castle Peak.

This year’s hike, which was staged in the same place as the original a decade ago, attracted 160 hikers for the daylong event, which began in 1995. Nearly 200 registered for the event, which is the largest fund-raiser for the Nevada City schools. A companion hike, Dads at the Diggins, is scheduled at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park in the spring.

Those who completed the hike were rewarded with one of 300 clay medallions made by students in Vicki Parker’s art class at Deer Creek School.

After completing their ascent up Castle Peak or nearby Andesite Peak, hikers listened to a presentation by Tamara McKinney, a three-time U.S. Olympian and former World Cup skiing champion.

Jane Williams was the top fund-raiser for the event, garnering $1,900 in pledges, which netted her a bicycle from Tour of Nevada City bicycle shop.

Marcella Hardt, at 81 years old, was the oldest hiker, and the hiker traveling from the farthest distance was Margaret Powers, visiting from Bainbridge Island, Wash.

In 10 years, MOMs on the Mountains has raised $130,000 for the Nevada City Schools Foundation.

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