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‘Auction You Can’t Refuse’ to benefit Tahoe schools

Tim Parsons, Lake Tahoe Action

With a combined 10-straight state titles in volleyball and girls track and field, Whittell High School proved it can be very good. Although the football team finally made the playoffs last season, it had a years-long stretch when it didn’t win a game at all, showing it can also be not so good. But Whittell’s uniforms always look great.

A quilt made of 57 different Warriors jerseys will be one of the alluring items up for grabs at “The Auction You Can’t Refuse.”

The benefit for Whittell High and Zephyr Cove Elementary schools will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in the MontBleu Theater. Proceeds go to sports, arts, field trips, computer technology and enrichment programs.

“This is important,” said auction organizer Richard Bolen. “It affects every child’s education and enrichment at the school.”

Bolen’s wife, Maxene, made the quilt.

The elaborate theatrical and musical event has three major sponsors.

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“MontBleu gave $7,000 worth of support with stage, lighting and staffing,” Bolen said.

Dan Jacuzzi, the owner of Coldwell Banker Select, donated a trip to Hawaii, $1,000 and printing for the sales campaign. Austin, Texas, resident Owen Summers, who learned about the auction online, donated $500.

The auction has a motif of the movie “The Godfather,” which was filmed in 1972 at Lake Tahoe.

A Sicilian dinner includes entrees from Don’s, Godfathers and Capos restaurants. “Don’t you dare fuggedaboutit!” a flier announces. Tickets are $60 ” “Buy lots a’ them, or sleep with the fishes!”

Bolen said the parent booster group has donated $25,000 to the schools this year, going toward, among other things, a baseball pitching machine, art supplies and $100 to each teacher for classroom supplies.

The parent booster club is really doing really meaningful work,” Bolen said. “We want to increase awareness of what is going on. Each teacher spends an average of $300 of their own money for classroom supplies. The state of Nevada spends less per student than does Mississippi, for goodness sake.”

The event will include theatrical elements presented on two screens and from a 24-foot catwalk.

“When you are selling something, it’s called show business,” Bolen said.