Benefit, donations, raise more than $40,000 for Jack & Theresa Nelson A benefit for Jack and Theresa Nelson last Saturday evening at the American Legion Hall. raised $33,411.... by Gary DeVon • May 6, 2018 8:04 am Gary DeVon/staff photoAuctioneer Ken Neal works the crowd at a benefit for Jack and Theresa Nelson last Saturday evening at the American Legion Hall. Jack Nelson has a rare infection that is attacking his kidneys and liver and the benefit was to help the couple with medical expenses. The dinner, live and silent auction raised $33,411, according to Neal and the Friends Account at the bank has raised $8,050. Nelson spoke with the crowd via a video call on Facetime from his hospital bed in Spokane. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” said Neal. The auctioneer added that there were some very generous donors and bidders for the auction. Jack Hughes, he said, won a shotgun for $1,000 and donated it right back where it raised another $750. In the opening auction for three cheesecakes the winning bid was also $1,000, he said. “Probably 10 of the 83 live auction items we sold were redonated and resold,” said Neal. Copy Link Link copied to clipboard!