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TVCC Gala takes its auctions online to raise money for student scholarships

ONTARIO - Cathy Yasuda wasn’t sure what to expect when the Treasure Valley Community College Foundation’s biggest annual fundraising event ran smack into the realities and restrictions of a global pandemic.

Organizers set to work moving transforming the 2020 TVCC Gala into an online silent and live auction. At the same time, she realized businesses and individuals who usually donate to the event have been dealing with their own challenges.

“We realize everybody’s been impacted by Covid,” said Yasuda, the foundation’s executive director. “But we’ve been really surprised at the response. We are so grateful to everyone who has made a donation.”

The event, in its ninth year, raises money for Treasure Valley Community College student scholarships. Organizers shoot for at least $50,000.

“Our Gala is our largest fundraiser, and it’s a huge . . .