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Our View: Efforts bring support to daughters

Thanks to a couple of high school students and some generous guests, more than $17,000 was raised Sunday night for the daughters of Hetty Williams, who was slain in October.

Briana, a senior at Nevada Union, and her older sister, Sarah, have had to cope with what can only be almost unbearable grief since that Saturday morning in late October when their mother was found dead alongside her gravely wounded husband.

These young women have not only had to cope with their loss but must look ahead to a trial and then a life without their mother, who was just 48 when she died.

But, perhaps, they were able to escape some of their pain for a while on Sunday night. All 250 tickets were sold for the event at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City. Those who attended participated in an auction that featured photographs, paintings and ceramics, which were donated by Nevada Union students and local artists.

By the time the bidding was finished, $17,600 had been raised for Briana and Sarah.

This is not the first time this area has rallied to help someone in need, and it certainly won’t be the last. The Kiwanis Club and Howard Levine of the Grass Valley Downtown Business Association were among those that helped make this event so successful.

But the extra dimension this time was the students’ extraordinary efforts. NU seniors Andy Tweed and Ryan Werb came up with the idea, and the Nevada Union key club helped organize it. Anina Tweed, an NU junior and Andy’s sister, helped coordinate the donations.

If it weren’t for the efforts of these young people, Sunday’s event likely would not have happened.

The fundraiser won’t bring back their mother, but hopefully it will show Hetty Williams’ daughters that many in this community care for them, and this includes some remarkable high school students.

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