Elegant evening draws a crowd
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The dance floor was crowded for most of the evening on the first Saturday in April as Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra hosted its annual fundraiser Elegant Evening at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
More than 420 meals were served by the catering staff to the crowd who gathered to support the nonprofit group and spend a few dollars at the live and silent auctions.
Announcer Dona Baxter of KRLT had to repeat information to make sure the large crowd could hear over all the chatting. The wine was flowing, the hips were swinging and laughter could be heard all throughout the convention center.
The auctions included original art pieces, products and services from a lot of local businesses, friends, and some from members themselves.
George Alm emceed during the live auction to get bids for several vacation holidays including one in Carmel another in Maui and one all the way to the blue skies of Montana. Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District personnel paid a visit to the event to help promote their donation of a dinner at the firehouse with firefighters serving for eight people.
There was an additional element called “Fund a Need” at the end of the live auction and members of the crowd gave cash to support the organization’s signature projects that it is are highlighting this year.
Those projects include a summer reading program for all schools in Nevada and California on the south end of the lake and the anti bullying efforts at the South Tahoe Middle School.
The event raised more than the $3,000 needed for these activities, event co-chair Laurie Brazil said.
The remainder of all of the evening’s proceeds is used for the many causes such as The Women’s Center, Boys and Girls Club, Drugstore Project, CASA, solar cookers for the women in Dafur, scholarships for college bound seniors, recognition of adult women returning to college and a myriad of environmental concerns.
South Tahoe and Whittell High School students and a few middle schoolers helped with the afternoon set up. The Soul Experience performed at the event.
“What a wonderful evening,” said Kindle Craig, executive director of the Barton Hospital Foundation.
“It was so great to see the community come out in force for such a great cause. I always enjoy about that event is seeing the Soroptimist ladies working together to make it a success – what a great group! Their spirit is infectious!”
To find out more about the Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra visit www.
sitahoesierra.org for meeting schedules and speakers.