Selling history for a good cause
As if the millions of dollars donated to Truckee by the McIver family weren’t gracious enough, the estate of the late Azad McIver will soon be up for sale, and all of the proceeds ” estimated near $10,000 ” will benefit the KidZone Museum.
Some of the lesser-valued items will be available for purchase this weekend when the KidZone hosts the first sale at the home of McIver, who passed away last year at 95 years old. Items will include trinkets from the old Gateway Motel, antique furniture, vintage clothing and accessories, and an old Cadillac.
McIver’s will and trust left all her property to an unspecified museum, according to close friend and estate trustee Bob Sims. Sims later selected Truckee’s KidZone Museum.
“We fit right in line with her giving because so much of what they donated was for children’s causes,” said KidZone board member Rose Wescamp.
Over the course of nearly a century, McIver, her husband Jim, and her sister Roxie gave countless amounts of money to Tahoe Forest Hospital, Shriners Children’s Hospital, the University of Nevada Medical Center, the Town of Truckee, and many other organizations and causes.
“They were modest millionaires who gave all their money to the community,” Wescamp said. “While we were cleaning out her belongings, we found a receipt from the 1970s for $250,000 in municipal bonds.”
McIver’s higher ticket items, which include a rare collection of Carson City silver dollars, vintage furs, furniture, and sterling silver flatware, will be displayed for sale in Reno later this month and again in January. One particular item of interest is a diamond watch thought to have been worn by Marilyn Monroe in her film “The Misfits.” The piece is currently being appraised by Christie’s auction house in Los Angeles.
Historical items with a local connection, such as documents, photographs, original artwork, and Truckee memorabilia, were given by the KidZone to be held by the Truckee Historical Society.
The money raised at this weekend’s sale and the two sales in Reno will benefit the KidZone and the children of Truckee, according to KidZone Chairwoman Kristi Darzynkiewicz. Some of the proceeds will be used to set up an endowment for the children’s museum, as well.
Anyone interested in contributing matching funds should contact Carol Meagher at email@example.com.
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