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$25,000 for our schools

Kristofer B. WakefieldAt a fund-raiser for schools at the Miner's Foundry Saturday night, Lynne and Sandy Croft (left) chat with Julie Baker, while Jan Hedman (right) checks out some silent auction items.
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Responding to the current budget squeeze, more than 300 people turned out Saturday night to raise $25,000 for four area schools.

The affair at the Miner’s Foundry in Nevada City – where attendees bid on such donated items as a weekend for two at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco to a tray of bakalava baked by a teacher – was created to help Seven Hills Middle School and three elementary schools – Deer Creek, Nevada City and Gold Run.

The event was organized by members of parent-teacher clubs from the four schools, along with the Nevada City Schools Foundation.

The clubs and officials at each school will decide how the money can best be used.

More than 180 items were auctioned off, many of which were created by students, some of which were unusual. A classic Schwinn bicycle donated by the Seven Hills Bike Shop class went for $275; a bidder paid $250 for a dedicated parking spot at Gold Run school; a football signed by this season’s San Francisco Forty-Niners was a hot item.

One of the most popular offerings was an American flag, donated by the family of Grass Valley pediatrician and Navy Reservist Michael Curtis, who recently shipped out for service in Kuwait. The successful bidder paid $650 for the flag.

Organizers of the event were chairperson Maryann Ray Iorns, Tammy Navo, Pam LeDuc, Sandi Hedenland, Jane Esposito, Laurie Subbotin and Sandi White.

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