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Community raises funds for city

Autumn Simon
Staff Writer

The La Verne Chamber of Commerce and Bonita High School partnered to hold their fifth annual Community Yard Sale in the Bonita High School parking lot last Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Vendors and community members gathered in the parking lot to sell their used and unwanted items for a good cause.

“The goal is to offer opportunities for different people to help the charities and fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity in Pomona Valley, Relay for Life team from the University of La Verne, many churches, girl scouts groups, booster clubs and more,” said Brian McNerney, president and CEO of the La Verne Chamber of Commerce.

“Everybody kind of wins because individual vendors can participate as well.”

Many groups, community sports teams and individual sellers were encouraged to participate in the annual event as an easy way for their organizations to raise money.

Vendors’ goods came from donated household items such as recycled clothes, furniture, toys, video games, comics and more.

“Before this event was invented, it was very difficult for individual vendors to try to sell items around the neighborhood, so the community came together and we all came up with this event five years ago,” said McNerney.

“For one day the city, the Chamber of Commerce and Bonita High School put this event together for the community for a safer and easier way to sell items or to make money for donations or fundraisers.”

135 booths covered the Bonita High School parking lot in order to sell the various donated, recycled or unwanted items.

Also present at the yard sale were a variety of refreshments and snack concessions, including foods from downtown La Verne’s own Pappas Artisanal.

One of the more notable city groups that participated in the yard sale were the La Verne Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol.

This is the fourth time they have participated in the event.

Their goal was to raise money that they would donate back to the city.

“All the money we receive, we are going to give it back to the community by funding the city’s organizations,” Norm Faustini, coordinator of La Verne Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteers Patrol, said.

“We donate to the city’s Meals on Wheels, Police Officers Association, Christmas Time Meals and the school safety programs at Bonita High School.”

Another person that is planning to use their proceeds for a good cause was Bhavini Feldman.

Feldman and his friends participated in the yard sale, in order to raise money to participate in the Susan G. Komen San Diego Race.

The race raises awareness and fund for breast cancer and breast cancer awareness.

“We are about a group of five and altogether we have to raise $12,000,” Feldman said.

“It’s pretty amazing how many people are willing to buy for a great cause.”

The event’s leftovers were picked up by Goodwill, Calvary Baptist Church and other organizations.

The leftover items would be donated to aid those in need rather than thrown out and wasted.

“It was an amazing turnout,” McNerney said.

“This event grows every year, we are finally getting the word out there about this event. We had 135 spaces available and they all sold out two weeks before.”

Autumn Simon can be reached at autumn.simon@laverne.edu.

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