Fall Gala raises $14,000 for youth program | TheUnion.com

Fall Gala raises $14,000 for youth program

The recent annual Fall Gala for Child Advocates of Nevada County raised about $14,000 for the nonprofit organization that works with children in the court system due to neglect and abuse, a board member said.

The most entertaining moment came near the end of Saturday night’s live auction, board Secretary Jim Kerr said.

Brita Avery, a sixth-grader at Lyman Gilmore School in Grass Valley, offered up a necklace of red plastic beads, and bids opened at $50, eye-witness Stan Meckler said.

The girl’s gesture caught the fancy of the 120 people attending the event at Miners Foundry, and bidding quickly brought a sale at $375. The buyer then gave the necklace back to Brita – who put it up for auction again, Kerr said.

A second bidder paid more than $300 for the trinket, then put it up for auction a third time. The third bidder also paid more than $300, then gave the necklace back to Brita for keeps.

In all, Brita’s offering raised $1,000 for the program, Kerr said.

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