Board President of the Pioneer Association of Nevada county Trust Eleanor Kenitzer says the board went to great lengths to meet the legal and ethical obligations of the trust, when they decided which non profits would be receiving proceeds from the sale of the historic Lola Montez house in Grass Valley to neighboring Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The trust donated more than $100,000 from that sale to six local non-profit organizations. Kenitzer explains the trust almost wasn’t set up as the owner of the Lola Montez property, Alice Lorraine Andrews of Berkeley, originally intended to give the property to the city of Grass Valley.
“At some point in time, she had decided that she would give this property to the city but the wonderful story about the fact that when she went, she thought that the good old boy society at the city back in the 70s was more than she wanted to put up with. She didn’t like their attitudes, so she didn’t offer it to them and put it in trust instead.”
The six organizations receiving funds from the closing of the trust include Anew Day, the Friendship Club, Friends of Nevada County Military, Nevada County Fairgrounds Association, Nevada County Historical Society and the North Star Historic Conservancy. Kenitzer says the Board is very happy to be able to distribute the trust funds to the 6 organizations and there may be enough money left over to give a scholarship to a worthy youth in the community.