New Events & Opportunities raises funds for youth center with 2 fundraisers |

New Events & Opportunities raises funds for youth center with 2 fundraisers

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New Events & Opportunities — the Grass Valley nonprofit with a five-day-a-week youth center — has two fundraisers in motion to help keep its doors open.

The group, called NEO, is prepping for a Dec. 5 Winter Gala at St. Canice Hall, 236 Reward St., Nevada City.

That dinner will fall on the heels of NEO’s ongoing “Keep the Lights On” fundraiser that organizers hope will raise $5,000 each month. The fundraiser, which ends Dec. 1, will pay for the youth center’s operations.

“Our community values arts and culture,” said Lynn Skrukrud, co-director of NEO. “NEO focuses on empowering youth through healthy life choices.”

Most of NEO’s $75,000 annual budget comes from the community, though about 20 percent is grants through service clubs.

NEO launched its “Keep the Lights On” campaign in October. Organizers want people to commit to donating a certain amount each month.

NEO has garnered $1,200 in monthly commitments and wants to reach $5,000 by its deadline of Dec. 1, called “Giving Tuesday,” an annual day of giving now in its fourth year.

People can donate by visiting or by calling 530-470-3869.

“We’re making good progress,” Skrukrud said. “Every day we’re having people come in.”

The group’s second fundraiser, the Winter Gala, is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5 at St. Canice Hall. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at NEO’s website.

Attendees will get dinner from Food to Table Catering and live entertainment. Silent and live auctions will occur.

Auction items include VIP tickets to a Sacramento Kings game and tickets to the San Francisco ballet.

The fundraisers will provide funds to operate NEO’s youth center at 139 Joerschke Drive. The center, open Monday through Friday, is available for sixth to 12th graders, though NEO works with youth up to 25 years old.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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