Five organizations benefit from Snowsports Week |

Five organizations benefit from Snowsports Week

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Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Sierra-at-Tahoe Snowsports event planners celebrating success are, from left, Bill Kingman, Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation; Jeanne Proto, Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation; Linda Thompson, Barton Hospital Foundation; and Cheryl Milham, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

The most successful Sierra-at-Tahoe Snowsports Week brought $34,000 to five nonprofit organizations at the South Shore. Great weather and dynamite ski conditions brought a banner year by selling nearly 1,500 tickets.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care intends to use their portion of the proceeds to replace the 6,800 square feet of netting for the flight cage for raptors including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons. In addition, any funds remaining will be used to add to the general fund which is designated for specific foods for the various species of birds and animals they care for. These include the fawns, raccoons, bobcats, river otters and songbirds.

Snowsports Week income to Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation supports local graduates from South Tahoe and Whittell high schools by helping with scholarships. Up to two years or 90 units of tuition can be provided for students meeting specific criteria. Almost 200 local graduates have been impacted by this funding with nearly 70 students attending LTCC this past fall. Everyone benefits from an educated population.

Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation supports school programs that could not be successful without additional support such as revenue generated through Snowsports Week. These funds enable the foundation to fulfill its mission, which this year included eight library terminals for South Tahoe High School, musical instruments and transportation for district music students, transportation for third- through fifth-grade learning experiences, diversity day for the high school, a fellowship for future teachers and support for classroom teachers. More than $55,000 was allocated for these programs.

Barton Hospital Foundation uses the proceeds to enhance medical services and facilities through Barton HealthCare System. This year’s income will help fund the Healing Design Program at the hospital. Patient rooms, lobbies and the chapel will be transformed to provide a healing environment for all. The Healing Design concept is taking on a life of its own in healthcare settings across the country with hospitals now working from research that indicates patients’ experiences and recovery are impacted by colors, design, comfort, sights and sounds. The intent of the redesign program is to reduce anxieties and pain medications as well as enhance recovery for every patient.

Tahoe Youth and Family Services’ mission is to promote the healthy development of the children, youth and families of the Lake Tahoe community. These funds are an integral source of unrestricted money to supplement services to the community. The money generated will be used to provide much-needed client care in the form of clothing and other tangible needs.

In addition, TYFS uses this money to provide counseling services to youth and families who might otherwise not qualify for our funded programs and also not be financially able to meet the sliding scale fees.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Snowsports Week is a community winner all around. In one way or another, everyone is impacted by the money raised and everyone wins.

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