The Bruin Benefit for Noah, organized by the Bruin Backers football booster parents, on Saturday raised nearly $25,000 just in silent auction winning bids to benefit the Barbknecht family's medical expenses as the 15-year-old Northrop High School student rehabilitates at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
Noah was paralyzed from the breastbone down after a Dec. 24 skiing accident in Vermont, and was taken to a hospital in Albany, N.Y., immediately afterward. He was airlifted to the Shepherd Center in January.
Event and raffle ticket purchases had not been figured into the total, according to Stephanie McCullough, one of the Bruin Backers organizers.
The benefit brought together approximately 300 guests and featured hors d'oeuvres, music and the opportunity to bid on about $40,000 in silent auction items, such as jewelry, spa, car-care, graduation and Valentine's Day romance packages.
Jason and Sandi Barbknecht were on hand to thank well-wishers who attended to support them. Many community businesses donated silent auction items for the benefit, which took place at Ceruti's Summit Park.