TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - Sold out four years in a row, Truckee's Historical Haunted Tour has raised more than $31,000 total for Trails & Vistas and the Truckee Donner Historical Society since 2009. The 2012 tour, launched from host sponsor Moody's Bistro, Bar & Beats on Oct. 18 and 19, raised $16,000 through cash sponsors, admission and raffle ticket sales."We captivate a crowd with engaging stories about Truckee," said event producer Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe, who attributes the tour's success to the volunteer's talent and dedication, including support from Trails & Vistas and the Truckee Donner Historical Society. In addition, she notes the Tour's sponsors - The Richardson House, Squeeze In, Mountain Home Center, Chamber of Commerce, KidZone Children's Museum, Scraps Dog Bakery, Tahoe TV and Moody's - volunteer performers and trail leaders.Nancy Tieken Lopez, founder of Trails & Vistas, explains the value of the fundraiser, "Proceeds from the Historical Haunted Tour support our mission to create the region's only art hike, an exquisite experience that takes place in nature every September and it also makes our field trips with art, music, poetry and environmental studies possible for local third grade students.""The Haunted Historical Tour provides our organization with needed funds to continue the preservation of historical documents and pictures and provides a working environment for any and all who want to research Truckee's colorful history," said Truckee Donner Historical Society representatives.The Historical Haunted Tour began as an experiment to support the two nonprofit organizations and provide an economic boost to historic Truckee in October. It has proven to be a successful fundraising initiative and favorite annual activity. In 2009, 70 tickets were available. The tour sold out three weeks in advance. In 2010, 140 tickets were offered. Once again the tour sold out weeks in advance. In 2011, every resource was stretched and more than 290 tickets were sold. This year more than 400 people from near and far attended the guided walking tour. Visitors from Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada and California attended this year's Tour. An attendee from Coos Bay, Ore. said, "I can't choose a favorite! It was all a hoot."Each year new stories and haunts are featured. The 2012 tour included stops at the downtown Mountain Home Center, CoffeeBar, MOBO Law, Scraps Dog Bakery, Old Jail Museum and The Pour House.Event media coverage contributed to another sold out event thanks to the Historical Haunted Tour's media partners - The Weekly, Moonshine Ink, Sierra Sun and Tahoe Truckee Radio. Donated raffle items included lodging at The Richardson House, Riverside Inn, Truckee Hotel and Hampton Inn plus goodies from Squeeze In, KidZone Museum, The Pour House, Mark McLaughlin, Scraps Dog Bakery, Dorinda's Chocolate Cafe and Johnstone Studios.Volunteers, donors and attendees are encouraged to save the dates for Trails & Vistas 10th year anniversary on Sept. 7 and 8, 2013 as well as the 2013 Historical Haunted Tour, Oct. 17 and 18, 2013. Tickets for Trails & Vistas will go on sale on July 1, 2013 and Historical Haunted Tour tickets will be available on Sept. 6, 2013. About the Historical Haunted TourThe Historical Haunted Tour, produced by Sunshine Tahoe, is an annual fundraiser in Truckee. The tour celebrates local history with a fun and spooky twist. During the tour, residents and visitors are guided to interesting sites, called haunts, where they hear tales performed by singers and performers. Sponsorship, ticket sales and raffle revenue offer the nonprofit beneficiaries operating revenue. For information visit truckeehistorytour.com or call 775-527-4485.
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