Community grants to be awarded |

Community grants to be awarded

Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe Foundation, Inc., will present its sixth annual Community Service Grants at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 29 during an award luncheon at Harrah’s Special Events Center.

The community is welcome to join in the celebration of giving, where $70,000 will be distributed among 30 community groups.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for the community to share in the experience of seeing how moneys raised are distributed,” said Chandler Monroe, foundation president.

Most noted for its Best of Tahoe: Food and Wine Tasting fund-raiser, Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe also is known for its service to the community. Throughout the years the service club has become increasingly effective in raising funds and then creatively distributing those funds among various organizations and individuals within the community. Last year the nonprofit foundation was formed, and each member of the club is a member of the foundation.

The foundation continued this year with the funding allocation process the club established in 1996. Applications were accepted from July 1 through Sept. 30. This year, funding requests totaling more than $281,000 were received. The requests were evaluated and rated by various club committees. The committee recommendations then went to the allocation committee, whose members further evaluated the requests and recommended approval based on community need, the club’s mission statement and the availability of funds. The foundation board and members then approved the disbursement of $70,000 in funding to 30 different community groups and organizations.

This year the event sponsors include Deb Howard & Co.; South Tahoe Refuse Co.; Elizabeth Swope, DDS; Shehadi Motors; Bank of the West; Laine Photolabs, Inc.; Barton Health Care; Thrans; Skin & Hair Wellness Center and Spa; Julie Wambold, American Mortgage; Davey Paiva Realty; and Harrah’s/Harveys.

Tickets are $20 per person or $200 for a table of eight. Tickets and table sponsorships are available by calling Ginger Mitchell at (775) 588-2426.

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