Six years ago Victoria Jennett lost her two cousins Ryan and Brett Newman. The boys were driving together to Penn Valley to hook up with friends to play paintball, one of their favorite pastimes. Out of the tragedy, the family created the Newman Foundation and Victoria says over the 6 years they have fundraised and been able to award scholarships.
“We give scholarships to Nevada Union graduating seniors and we’ve actually given over $20,000 in scholarships since we established the foundation. All proceeds go towards that.”
This year a major fundraiser for the Newman fun is also Victoria Jennett’s senior project, she is putting on a Valentine’s Day dinner dance this Saturday from 6:30 to 11pm at the Nevada County Horsemen’s club. Tickets are a 100 dollar donation per couple. The Evening is called For Lovers Only but she says singles are also welcome.
“We are having dinner catered by Christopher’s Catering; prime rib, salmon, a really nice dinner, dancing with a d.j. We have raffle prizes, door prizes, just really fun night for friends. A lot of friends come. So you don’t necessarily have to be a couple.”
Victoria says she is hoping for a crowd of about 100.
“Usually we get up to about 50 couples, so we’re kind of lagging in ticket sales this year. We’ve been working really hard on it, trying to get the word out about it, but with the economy and everything it’s kind of hard to do tickets this year. But we’re looking for about 15-20 more tickets.”
Tickets to the event include dinner, four drink tickets, music and dancing and are available at Relic 120 store at 120 Mill Street in Grass Valley. .