Fundraiser to aid Williams’ daughters
A fundraiser to aid the daughters of homicide victim Hetty Williams will be held Sunday at the Miner’s Foundry in Nevada City, sponsored by the Kiwanis and Nevada Union Key Club.
The girls, 17-year-old Briana and 22-year-old Sarah, are expected to attend the event, said Nevada Union Key Club President Andrew Tweed, who is also a friend of Briana’s.
“Their tragic loss cannot be replaced,” Tweed wrote in a letter announcing the event. “Our deepest sympathy goes out to everyone that knew or was part of Hetty Williams’ life.”
Williams was found dead from nail gun wounds in her Alta Drive home Oct. 22. Her estranged husband Richard Williams was found next to her, with apparently self-inflicted nail gun wounds. He survived and is charged with his wife’s murder.
A charitable fund has been established to help with the girls’ continued education, but Tweed said they could use a little extra help in their hour of need.
He hopes to raise at least $5,000 for the Williams sisters at Sunday’s fundraiser, which will consist of a lasagna and salad dinner and a silent auction with starting bids on items ranging from $5 to $500.
Approximately 40 pieces of artwork by Nevada Union High School students will be up for bid, including four of Briana’s own photographic prints.
Gift certificates to local businesses and merchant services will also be part of the auction.
Local artists Charles Raub, Emerald Mist and the Nevada Union Chamber Choir will provide the entertainment, and there will be two bars open; one serving alcohol and another with non-alcoholic drinks.
Half of the available 250 tickets have already sold out, Tweed said.
Tickets can be purchased at The Bookseller in Grass Valley and Harmony Books in Nevada City. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students if purchased before Sunday. The day of the event, tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students.
For those wishing to donate, but cannot attend, send a check to Daughters of Hetty Williams Memorial Fund, Citizens’ Bank, 305 Railroad Ave., Nevada City.
To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion .com or call 477-4236.
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