First Responders Resiliency board member, Cathy Wayne, and husband Dough Wayne, both of Minden, NV., pet "Tiller" a service dog pup, held by Bailey Farren, of Cotati, during "An Evening of Inspiration" benefit at the the First Responders Resiliency Center, in Cotati, Calif., on Saturday, November 13, 2021. (Photo by Darryl Bush / For The Press Democrat)
A live auction and dinner in Cotati on Saturday evening raised money for a new support center for area first responders.
First Responders Resiliency’s fundraising goal was $2 million, according to the nonprofit organization’s Founder and Executive Director Susan Farren.
“Go big or go home, girl,” she joked.
Money raised will go towards a center in Cotati that will offer services including trauma therapy, family services and addiction recovery support.
It will be the first center of its kind in the world, Farren said. She hopes to open it by 2023.
Susan Farren, second from right, practices yoga during a retreat organized by First Responder Resilience LLC at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena , Calif., on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.(Beth Schlanker/The Press Democrat)