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‘Best Lights on the Lake’ winner named

Provided the TribuneInn by the Lake was declared the winner of the inaugural "Light Up Lake Tahoe" decoration contest by Leadership Lake Tahoe and benefiting Tahoe Turning Point.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The South Shore was a little brighter this holiday season, thanks to Leadership Lake Tahoe and the local business community. More than 40 local businesses participated in the First Annual “Light Up Lake Tahoe.”

Judging for the lighting displays was held Jan. 4 to 15, with the Inn by the Lake named “Best Lights on the Lake.” Judges weighed in on creativity, coverage, and overall impact.

Dan McHale, Inn by the Lake general manager, said he was pleased and honored by the award.

“The project was a great incentive for us to put together a fun and festive display, and our lights have received a great positive reaction from guests and locals alike,” McHale said. “We plan to keep the lights on through the winter months, and would love to see even more businesses join in next year.”

An early supporter of the Light Up Lake Tahoe program, the Inn by the Lake supplied all of its own lights and installation.

Light Up Lake Tahoe is an effort of Leadership Lake Tahoe participants Jaime Aust, Anthony Davis, Lisa Ramsey-Simpson, Georgette Riley and Dustin Wunderlich.

“We are grateful for the support the project has received,” says Lisa Ramsey-Simpson, Light Up Lake Tahoe team member. “It means a lot to us to help create a more festive South Shore this holiday season. We’re proud to live here, and we want to share this with our neighbors and visitors.”

The program was conceived with two primary goals in mind: To give lights to businesses that would not have purchased them on their own, and to encourage businesses that can to put up more creative lighting displays.

While the judging for this year’s program has finished, businesses that have received lights for the project are asked to keep them on throughout the winter season. Team members will be contacting businesses for collection and storage of the lights over the next few weeks.

The project received initial funding from Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, the South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association, the Tahoe Douglas Visitor Association, Barton Health, Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation and Harrah’s/Harveys. In addition, several businesses that received lights made donations as well.

Sponsorship covered the cost of the lights, and all proceeds benefit Tahoe Turning Point, a private, nonprofit agency that provides group care and residential treatment for young men ages 12 to 18.

Light Up Lake Tahoe team members are looking forward to expanding and improving the program for next year.

“While we are considering the first year of the project successful, we’ve also learned a lot from the process,” said team member Georgette Riley. “As we start wrapping up this inaugural season, we are excited about the improvements we can make for winter 2010-2011.”

To get involved, e-mail lightuplaketahoe@gmail

.com. For information on Tahoe Turning Point, visit http://www.tahoeturningpoint.org.

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