YAKIMA, Wash. - A Yakima family made the winning bid on the pair of earrings donated by pop icon Janet Jackson at Saturday's annual Salmon Dinner and Auction event.
Gregg Pleger, Principal for St. Joseph Marquette/Catholic School told KNDO the 5 carat diamond earrings sold for $60,500 at the auction. The family who made the winning bid on the earrings wished to remain anonymous.
Pleger said about 200 people attended Saturday's event that brought in about $112,000 for the school.
A parent at the school, who had been working on a marketing project with singer Janet Jackson, received the big news that Jackson would be donating her diamond earrings specifically for the school's fundraiser.
"Opened up this jewelry box and here are these monster earrings looking at us. And it's like ... We're just in shock. It was just so exciting to see something that amazing," said Pleger, when the school received the jewelry box sent by Janet Jackson from a hotel in New York.
The earrings were held at Dunbar Jewelers in Yakima, and were appraised at about $50,000 dollars.
Proceeds from the dinner and auction event will go to help keep the tuition costs down for students and families.