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September 13, 2012
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2nd Annual Tahoe Fall Fest: Wild West evening to benefit Incline nonprofit

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Looking for a fun date night to warm up a chilly October evening? The 2nd Annual Tahoe Fall Fest at the Big Water Grille in Incline Village on Tuesday, Oct. 16, promises to be a boot stompin’ Wild West good time.

The Western-themed fundraiser begins at 6 p.m. and features a delicious Santa Maria style BBQ prepared by John Cheney from Big Water Grille and live music. Additionally, exciting raffle and silent auction items will be up for grabs, including offerings from many local North Tahoe businesses, such as hotel packages, golf, restaurants, retail, sports, photography, spa treatments and much more.

All proceeds from the event benefit Tahoe’s Connections for Families, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building a strong community of families in the Northern Nevada/North Lake Tahoe area. Founded in 2001, TCF offers parent education classes and child development programs for infants and toddlers before they enter preschool. TCF has provided educational services to hundreds of children in our community, from infancy to 42-months-old, and expectant parents.

Local resident Karen Hovorka is a first-time mom to a two-year-old daughter.

“My daughter and I have attended TCF since she was an infant. TCF’s parent education programs on a wide variety of early childhood topics helped me be a more confident parent to nurture my daughter’s growth and development,” Hovorka said. “My daughter has flourished due to TCF’s developmentally-appropriate programming, and she loves to count and sing in both English and Spanish thanks to TCF’s bilingual classes. We have both developed good friendships with other families in the North Tahoe region through TCF.

“TCF is an invaluable asset to families in Incline Village and throughout North Lake Tahoe.”

As mom to recent TCF alumni, three-and-a-half year old twins, Kristen O’Donnell echoes this praise for TCF, especially now since her twins have started preschool.

“My twins loved going to TCF, and the skills they developed through its programs were a great preparation as they make the transition to preschool,” she said. “TCF gave them an excellent foundation in social and interpersonal skills such as listening, sharing, taking turns, and following a structured routine. Additionally, TCF tailors its parent education programs to address age-specific milestones, so I’ve learned along with my children.”

O’Donnell is quick to note the value of TCF.

“Where we lived in the Bay Area, similar classes providing similar offerings cost close to $6,000 per year, but TCF’s annual fee is just over $900,” she said.

TCF offers need-based scholarships, allowing any young child in the Tahoe area to build a solid educational foundation, and giving parents the tools to encourage their children to prosper.

TCF’s unique programs are supported by participant fees, and through the generosity of donors and fundraising events such as the Tahoe Fall Fest. TCF respectfully requests that community-minded businesses support the fundraiser by donating items for the auction or through a sponsorship. TCF relies on sponsorships to fund important programs that keep TCF’s doors open to all families. Sponsorships offer rewards and recognition for businesses.

To learn more about TCF, visit www.tcfkids.org . For Tahoe Fall Fest ticket sales and information, and to make tax-deductible donations to the organization, visit www.tahoefallfest.com or call 775-832-8230.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 13, 2012 11:41AM Published Sep 13, 2012 11:40AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.