INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - More than 90 people attended the Tahoe Rim Trail Association's 31st annual meeting on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center.Trail enthusiasts, TRTA members, volunteers, community partners and businesses gathered together for an evening of fellowship and celebration of the organization's 2012 accomplishments and milestones. Local businesses from around the Reno-Tahoe area contributed a plethora of items to the silent auction which successfully raised crucial funds to ensure the trail remains open and accessible for all users. The event was made possible through the generous sponsorship from CA Technologies and Southern Wine & Spirits.TRTA Executive Director Mary Bennington honored distinguished award recipients with a heartfelt appreciation for their commitment to the TRTA and its mission. The 2012 award recipients included:• Hiker Award - Chris Strohm• Hall of Fame - Claudia and Steve Andersen, Jim Backhus, Phil Brisack, George Cardinet, Ellen Goldsmith and Sue Henson• Agency Partner - USDA Forest Service LTMBU, Mike Gabor• Business Partner - REI Reno, Dean DeGidio• Media Award - Tahoe Daily Tribune, Tim Parsons• Adopt-A-Mile Plaque Recipient - Petra KellerThe excitement of the crowd was at an all-time high when the traditional Heads or Trails fundraising game which involved pressing your luck through a coin toss and ultimately decided the winner of "A Day in Tahoe" gift package, which included a sailboat ride from Lake Tahoe Cruises, dinner for two at Jake's on the Lake and two bottles of wine. The lucky winner was TRTA Trail Operations Board Chair, Bob Anderson.The evening concluded with Board President John Singlaub's enthused "State of the Trail" address which highlighted the 2012 accomplishments both on and off the trail in the areas of trail building, maintenance, public outreach, volunteer involvement, youth programming and guided public hikes.The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, founded in 1981, is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance, expand and promote the 165-plus mile Tahoe Rim Trail system, practice and inspire stewardship, and provide access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. The association works in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and Nevada State Parks. Each year, more than 700 volunteers dedicate more than 18,000 volunteer hours to the organization through trail building & maintenance, public outreach, trail guiding and in the office. For more information, call 775-298-0012 or visit www.tahoerimtrail.org.
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