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Reckless driving victims fundraiser to be held in Colfax boutique

By: Michelle Read, Journal correspondent
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On Saturday, July 21, Auburn native Emily Domenici will hold a ladies clothing exchange to raise awareness of distracted and reckless driving. The Jenny’s Clothing Swap Till You Drop Event will be held at the Bear River Trading Company, a consignment store in Colfax. Domenici is throwing the event in the name of her sister Jenny MacDonald Sand, who died in a distracted driving accident on May 8, 2010. 

Domenici, 29, is a small business owner who has orchestrated five fundraisers to battle reckless driving, three of which were in honor of her sister. Funds from another event went to care for Amanda Barnes, after a hit-and-run driver in Emeryville left her paralyzed from the waist down on July 12 of last year. Domenici organized another function to provide money for the preschool education of the son of Auburn native Amy Keith, who died last year in an accident in Newcastle. 

Activities will begin at 3 p.m. and run into the night. Attendees can bring in lightly used women’s clothing to “swap” with the store’s merchandise. 

At 4 p.m. there will be a presentation from Genny Claxton, owner of Empire Driving School, which has locations across Placer County including in Colfax and Auburn. She is also vice president of the California Association for Safety Education (CASE). 

The Ridge Golf Course in Auburn will be catering while the energy drinks company, Go-Girl, will provide beverages. 

There will also be a raffle for more than 30 prizes including certificates from Fast Fridays and Wild Bill’s Tattoo in Roseville.

While all funds will go to her sister’s headstone, Domenici’s primary aim is to inform others of this pressing issue. 

“I mostly just want to make a difference in the community,” said Domenici. “It’s an epidemic. It’s the No. 1 killer of people ages 25 and under and my sister was 25 when she died.”

Tickets are $5 in advance $7 at the door, and $10 for attendees without items to “swap.” For details, contact Emily Domenici at (530) 305-7536.