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Event benefits AIDS group, honors local

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Photo provided by Jim Murlin / F-Stop Looking over the guest list for the Friends of Patrick Bennett Humanitarian Awards Dinner are, from left, Tim White, Holly Cook, Don Regis-Bilar, Robert Hart and Jennifer Hart.

If many locals view the annual Riva Grill AIDS Benefit as the kick-off to the summer season, then its bookend event, the fifth annual Friends of Patrick Bennett Humanitarian Award Dinner, is seen as a signal to autumn’s coming.

“Just as AIDS doesn’t focus on any one group, neither does Friends,” said Tim White of United Rentals and an ardent supporter of the Friends’ events. “AIDS is a global pandemic and the diversity of our events’ guests reflects that everyone’s life is affected by the disease.”

“We are fortunate to have a solid group of supporters who have been coming to our fund-raisers since 1995. One of the things I like about our events is that so many different people from all walks of life come together to support a cause which represents a local crisis and a global disaster,” said Douglas County Librarian Patty Timmens, a founding member of the informal, philanthropic group.

“It is both rare and gratifying that a community with our population base regularly hosts successful AIDS fund-raising events,” said Don Regis-Bilar, the group’s founder.

The event benefits the Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation and the Romanian Association Against AIDS and takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 in the back yard of Regis-Bilar’s residence. Robert and Jennifer Hart of The Coy will play a set of music to mark the release of their latest CD.

“It is so terrific to have the same sponsors year after year. Nel’s Tahoe Hardware, Harrah’s Tahoe, Bonanza Produce, Mt. Tallac Brewery, Faces Nightclub, Charter Advertising/ Design and F-Stop all provide support for the event,” Regis-Bilar said.

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This year’s honoree is South Lake Tahoe native, Holly Cook, D.D.S.

Born at the South Shore in 1962, Cook opened her dental practice in 1992, with the philosophy that everyone deserves good dental care.

“Holly is so deserving of this award because she is kind and particularly embraces a characteristic which is fundamentally non-judgmental,” Timmens said.

“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,” Regis-Bilar said.

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce, the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, Nel’s Tahoe Hardware and Faces Nightclub.

For information contact (530) 544-6959 or AIDSTahoe@aol.com.