Dentist to receive humanitarian award
South Shore native and dentist Holly Cook will receive the Friends of Patrick Bennett Humanitarian Award Monday during a dinner in her honor.
Born at South Lake Tahoe in 1962, Cook is a “BBB,” a “Before Barton Baby,” referring to people born before Barton Memorial Hospital opened in 1965. Her parents, Bruce and Bea Cook, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend, moved to the South Shore in 1956. Cook attended Meyers Elementary, South Tahoe Middle and South Tahoe High schools and received her dental degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She is married to Rob Stading, the assistant manager at Nels Tahoe Hardware and the couple have two children, Travis, 9 and Alexandra, 7.
Cook opened her South Lake Tahoe dental practice in 1992, with the philosophy that everyone deserves good dental care.
“Since gaining her dental license, Holly Cook has committed a generous percentage of her practice to providing dental care for many of the disenfranchised in our community,” said Don Regis-Bilar, the host of the dinner that will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in his Al Tahoe back yard.
This will be the fifth year the Friends of Patrick Bennett, an informal philanthropic group, will be presenting their humanitarian award. Previous recipients include educator Cindy Cowen; philanthropist and owner of Ernie’s Coffee Shop Paul Bruso; and Stateline’s family nurse practitioner Patti Bucher.
Tickets are $20 and are available at the Tahoe Douglas and South Lake Tahoe chambers of commerce, Nel’s Tahoe Hardware and Faces Night Club. The event benefits the Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation and the Romanian Association Against AIDS. It is strongly advised that tickets be purchased early as seating is limited.
Dinner features a rice and chicken dish in a cream sauce with mandarin oranges, scallions and cashews. Also, vegan choices will be available with desserts, coffee and herbal tea. Robert and Jennifer Hart of The Coy will play a set of music to mark the release of their latest CD.
For information contact (530) 544-6959 or e-mail AIDSTahoe@aol.com.
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