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Most fundraising events ask participants to buy -- food, decor, services. Columbia-based Gold Party Events, however, takes a different tack by asking participants to sell their old, unwanted or broken jewelry to benefit a cause.

Here’s how it works: Guests bring jewelry, silverware or hollowware for appraisal by a certified buyer, who makes offers on the items. Hosts and guests take away money for items they choose to sell, while a portion of the sale goes to support a fundraiser of the host’s choice.

“It’s really important to us to keep building the fundraising side,” says Tara Carbo, who owns the Columbia-based venture. “We want to build on giving back.”

The concept recently raised $6,700 for Temple Isaiah in Fulton. Typically, the beneficiary organization will receive between 10 percent and 20 percent of the money from a party, according to Carbo.

“The best way to raise awareness is to get in front of people. Once someone sees a party, they fall in love with the idea and then they want to throw a party,” Carbo says.

Gold Party Events, 10015 Old Columbia Road, Suite B215, Columbia. 410-417-7514.

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