Donations sought for golf fundraiser |

Donations sought for golf fundraiser

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What’s better than a hole in one? Donating money to the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League.

Four representatives from the South Lake Tahoe Moose Lodge No. 1632 will do the latter while also trying for the former on June 21 at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course.

The foursome will play as many holes as they can on the longest day of the year, summer solstice. They are seeking pledges and donations for each hole they play.

Organizer Rus Wilson said his group has already exceeded its goal of $7,000. He has adjusted the goal to $10,000.

“That’s better than neat,” said South Lake Tahoe Cancer League President John Sloan. “That will pay for a lot of grants and a lot of mileage for our drivers.”

Much of the cancer league budget helps pay for transportation for cancer patients who need treatment or therapy in Carson City or Reno. Grants also are given to patients who need money for medication. The patients all live at the South Shore of Lake Tahoe on either side of the state border.

Wilson was involved in a similar event when he lived in Winnemucca several years ago and his close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her 26-year-old son was going to head up the fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, but he unexpectedly died. Wilson took over the event, running it for four years.

Years later Wilson’s mother died of cancer.

“This is close to my heart,” Wilson said. “Everybody who you know and who I know has been affected by cancer.”

The golfers on June 21 will be Dave Gilpin, Mary Luckel, Don Wells and Wilson.

“Rus will do anything to get out of work,” Moose Lodge member Rex Kluever joked.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so at South Y Fireplace, 989 Third St., or the Moose Lodge, 961 Eloise Ave.

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