Fundraiser to benefit at-risk teens

Jamie's Joy event grew out of tragedy

SAN DIEGO - In the bedroom where her son once slept, Elene Bratton, her daughter, her brother, other relatives and volunteers put the final touches on more than 200 items to be offered in a silent auction.  

"You know, I'd rather be sending him off to college or savoring my time before he went to college, but this is the legacy I've been left with," she said.

Bratton's Jamie was killed in a car crash in 2002 just shy of his sixth birthday after her sister reached for a cellphone while driving him home from school.

"I always imagined Jamie had something great to do," Bratton said. As a way to honor her son and carry on her legacy, she created a foundation that honors different community-based service groups.

This year, it will be Reality Changers, a group that mentors at-risk teenagers to steer them into college. The event will be held at the visitors' center at Mission Trails Regional Park Saturday evening.

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