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Kudos & Kindness

Thanks to Tahoe firefighters, community

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, all the fire departments on the north shore, and so many wonderful residents of Lake Tahoe for their generous outpouring of support for our nephew, Fire Capt. Pete Dern of Fresno. Weeks ago Pete led his fire fighting team onto the roof of a burning garage. Suddenly, the unimaginable happened. Pete fell through the roof of the garage into the inferno below. Pete's fellow firefighters removed the garage door and, guided by Pete's own voice, they found their way through the heavy smoke to locate him. Their rescue was heroic and life-changing. Currently, in critical condition with severe burns over 70 percent of his body, Pete's new life has begun at the Leon S. Peters Burn Center at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Numerous surgeries are scheduled for Pete over the next several months. His family, including his very large firefighting family, stand beside Pete every single day. In turn, the outstanding nurses and support team at the hospital and the tireless Fresno Firefighters stand beside Pete's wife and daughter every second of the day. The outpouring of support for Pete and his family has extended throughout California, Nevada, the entire U.S., and even internationally by kind-hearted and caring firefighters and citizens everywhere. To all of them, we say thank you! Most of all, we cannot thank our local Tahoe firefighters for the impressive support they have provided to Pete and our family. Their encouraging words, emails, and outreach have been tremendous and we are deeply thankful. We are so fortunate to be part of a community that has such admirable heroes among us.

Our deepest gratitude,

Joan and Joe Truxler

Tahoe Arts Project

Tahoe Arts Project would like to extend a tremendous thank you to our Dancing with the Tahoe Stars participants and to the community for making our biggest fundraiser such an enormous success. The event was lively and entertaining and the audience amazing! The funds raised will enable TAP to continue to bring professional performing arts into the schools and community of South Lake Tahoe. A huge thank you to the ten couples who put so much time and energy into their dancing: Jenn Boyd and Josh Comprendio, Rita Wang and Jorge Orozco, Joe Laub and Robyn Lindner, Corinna Osborne and Adam Hopkins, Howie Nave and Michelle Langlois, Jason Collin and Rhonda Keen, Ginger Nicolay-Davis and Dino Elias, Paul Bruso and Catherine Arens, Martin Goldberg and Sarah Guzman and Lisa McDaniel and Sebastiani Romagnolo. You were all incredible! The event wouldn't have been complete without our illustrious judges: Don Bosson, Joan Elias, Paul Middlebrook and Marcia Sarosik and of course the applause queen herself, Roberta Benvenuto. Thank you to MontBleu and their crew for hosting the event and to Dreu Murin and his team for producing such an unforgettable show. We had wonderful entertainment provided by Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, Forever Dance Studio, S. Tahoe High School Drama Students and Dance Team, Drought Relief, Angie Zajac and Prestige Productions. Thank you to Lauren Lindley for the wonderful photos and thank you to Taylor Flynn for publishing them.

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Peggy Blowney

Executive Director

Heavenly Ski Patrol gold

Robert Tara, a 24-year veteran ski patroller at Heavenly Ski Resort, died of heart attack in 2009 while riding the Mott chair lift. Robert Tara was affectionately known as "Big Bob" on the mountain and raised funds to help support the Special Olympics. Katelyn Tara, daughter of Big Bob is a Special Olympian here in Tahoe. In keeping the spirit and memory of Big Bob, the Heavenly Ski Patrol annually donates to Team Tahoe Special Olympics. Jeff Miller and the Heavenly Ski Patrol continues this tradition. This year the Heavenly Ski Patrol presented a $5,000 check to Team Tahoe Special Olympics on April 4. These annual donations added two additional sports-basketball and softball for our Tahoe athletes. Thank you Heavenly Ski Patrol for helping make this possible. Team Tahoe Special Olympians are few but mighty. Participating in a regional basketball tournament and bringing home silver medals, but the Gold Medal goes to the Heavenly Ski Patrol who gives back so generously to the community.

Team Tahoe Special Olympics

Tahoe Senior Plaza

Tahoe Senior Plaza residents and its board of directors would like to thank everyone who helped give our residents and friends a wonderful Easter brunch held at Tahoe Senior Plaza. A special thank you to American Century Golf for the funding to have this party, and another thank you to Coco Kelly for the mass production of her excellent Eggs Benedict. Tom Clarke, thank you for your awesome help. We thank you all.

Shelia Cooper

Administrator, Tahoe Senior Plaza

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