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Charitable partnerships during celebrity golf benefit Lake Tahoe education nonprofits

Edgewood Tahoe presents checks to charity partners for American Century Championship food concession proceeds. From left: Ellen Dauscher, representing Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club, Corinna Osborne, Edgewood Tahoe general manager, Nancy Harrison, LTCC Foundation executive director, Michelle Ramirez, Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation board member, John McLaughlin, Edgewood Tahoe president/CEO, Chris Campion, Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation board member, Virginia Berry, Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation co-president.

Three local nonprofits have received nearly $20,000 each due to a partnership with Edgewood Tahoe during the annual celebrity golf tournament.

The education-focused nonprofits — Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation, Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation, and Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club — each were presented with a $18,410 check Aug. 23 at Edgewood Tahoe. The checks were equal portions of $55,230 that was raised by the nonprofits.

The three groups each donated 400 volunteer hours to staff the concession stands during the 2018 American Century Championship, which saw record attendance of 57,097.

The move toward the education-focused nonprofits followed a falling out between Soroptimist International South Lake Tahoe and Edgewood.

For 28 years Soroptimist volunteers ran the charity concession tents at the golf tournament in exchange for a 55-percent split of the profits. Edgewood provided the food.

The split stemmed from Edgewood's desire to have more oversight on the funds sent to Soroptimist, and the club objecting to what it viewed as unnecessary involvement in overseeing funds its volunteers earned.

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In determining which charitable endeavors to partner with, Edgewood said it wanted to focus on education.

"We wanted to see an immediate impact from this opportunity and we wanted it to focus on education initiatives," Corinna Osborne, Edgewood Tahoe general manager, said in a statement. "All three partners are doing incredible work that benefits our students."

Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation will use its portion to help expand the college's newest scholarship — the Lake Tahoe College Promise, providing free education to first-time, full-time California residents.

"A primary goal of the LTCC Foundation is to raise funds this year in order to expand the Promise Program basin-wide in the 2019/2020 school year and provide tuition for California and Nevada residents attending LTCC full time," Nancy Harrison, executive director of the LTCC Foundation, said in a statement.

Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to providing enrichment programs and support to kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

"We would like to thank Edgewood Tahoe for this opportunity and for focusing their philanthropy in 2018 on making a difference for our local students," Virginia Berry, Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation interim co-president, said in a statement. "This contribution will go directly back to students in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District for a wide range of programs and enrichment opportunities. We are deeply grateful for the support."

Tahoe-Douglas Rotary provides college and vocational scholarships for South Shore students as well as youth leadership programs and international student exchanges. The club will use the funds this calendar year to support education in South Shore.

The celebrity golf partnership is only one community-oriented initiative spearheaded by Edgewood.

Edgewood Tahoe has donated 316 rounds of golf for high school fund raising tournaments and will donate the course for the Boys & Girls Club tournament in October which regularly raises approximately $45,000 to $55,000 for the club.