Don’t forget: It’s Charles Barkley Day

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Happy Charles Barkley Day!

On July 11, 2008 the city of South Lake Tahoe’s then Mayor Mike Weber proclaimed the day as Charles Barkley Day in honor of the former NBA star’s generosity.

After the Angora fire in 2007, Barkley donated $100,000 to the Angora Fire Fund and hosted a dinner for all the firefighters.

And now, this year, he has donated another $90,000 for the fire victims.

“Whereas NBA great Charles Barkley might not be the best scoring golfer in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, he has won the hearts of many on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore,” according to the city’s proclamation last year.

Former mayor Weber said he wasn’t doing anything to celebrate Barkley’s day this year, but said he’d buy Barkley a non-alcoholic beer if he was in town.

“He’s a good friend to us,” said Carol Chaplin, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority executive director. “It shows that these types of events are great for the community in many different ways. It’s more than just hanging out and watching golf.”

Weber agreed with Chaplin’s statement and said generous celebrities, such as Barkley, are great assets for South Lake Tahoe.

And Barkley’s popularity doesn’t stop with the South Shore community. LTVA Sales and Events Manager Mike Frye said one of the most common requests from the 340 volunteers at the tournament is to hang out with either Barkley or Michael Jordan.

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