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Philanthropist Lisa Maloff celebrates 90th birthday at Edgewood Tahoe

Jamie Orr | Special to the Tribune

On Wednesday evening, with the town still digging out from the recent snow storm, a group of community members gathered at Edgewood Tahoe to celebrate the 90th birthday of philanthropist Lisa Maloff — the Angel of Tahoe.

It was celebration fit for an angel. With a wreath of flowers in her hair, she sat and enjoyed the festivities, hosted by her faithful caretaker, Ricky Reich.

From the seat of honor, next to longtime friend Roberta Mason, Maloff watched as guests enjoyed fireworks, a performance from the darling dancers of Miss Marcia's studio, and the wonderful service and food at Edgewood.

Over the years, Maloff has donated millions of dollars to initiatives and charitable efforts at the lake, including $10 million toward the new Barton health orthopedic and wellness center and $5.8 million for a new university center at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Guests at Wednesday's party included representatives from the many local organizations she has so deeply helped with her generosity, including Barton, the college, the local Boys & Girls Club, the Tahoe Women's Community Fund and others.

Looking around the room, it was clear Maloff's impact on the South Shore community will last for generations.

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"I get to speak? Oh, I get to speak!" Maloff said after she was handed the microphone by Reich. She requested no speeches. "I want to tell you, thank you all for coming. I have so many thank yous, but most of all for a special person in my life, Ricky. This is the best birthday present. I appreciate you all coming to spend it with me. I want to thank you very much."

One final fireworks show lit up the snow and night sky, a tribute from Reich to express what Maloff's giving and spirit has meant to the Tahoe community.