Fund-raiser for South Tahoe athletics rescheduled |

Fund-raiser for South Tahoe athletics rescheduled

The board of Support South Tahoe Athletic Teams has decided to push back its first major fund-raising event, a radio auction on KOWL, three weeks despite an impending deadline.

The auction, originally planned for July 17, will now take place on August 7. Several factors caused the delay, including a conflict with the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament, the need for a Web site with pictures of auction items and a family emergency for one of the key coordinators of the donation drive.

The radio auction’s initial purpose was to cover any shortfall in the $68,508 for fall sports, but with more than $54,000 raised so far the STAT board felt the urgency has lessened a bit. The July 16 goal for the fall money isn’t a true deadline, just a way to assure the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association that South Tahoe High will be able to field its fall teams. Actual expenditures for athletics within the South Tahoe Unified School District won’t begin until after Labor Day.

“The NIAA wanted us to have 80 percent of the money in our hands by that date, and we’re just about there,” STAT president Mark Garratt said. “While we could certainly use some additional donations as soon as possible, we’re very confident we’ll reach our overall goals.”

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Dennis Heinz, the general manager of KOWL as well as KRLT, said delaying the auction will allow for better organization and more donations.

“I told these folks five weeks ago that July 17 would be on us in no time,” Heinz said. “With everything that’s going on, it’s a smart move. For me, it doesn’t matter what Saturday we do it. It’s more important to do it right.”

Heinz said the goal should be to have at least 200 items for auction. The South Tahoe High cheerleaders spent two days last week soliciting donations over the phone, but a family emergency for cheerleading coach Alexis Craig has broken the lines of communication and no one at Wednesday’s board meeting knew how many items the cheerleaders had collected.

The members of STAT’s business committee plan to solicit donations from numerous local businesses, but they want to avoid hitting up businesses that have already committed items.

“Everything is going ahead right now, but we just need to find out what we’ve got,” Garratt said. “We need to get as much stuff as we can.”

Both Garratt and board member Peter Grant were confident that direct monetary donations will increase when STAT receives tax information from Lake Tahoe Education Foundation, which will house the organization’s money. Garratt expects to get a letter of intent and a tax number from LTEF later this week.

“Certain dominoes need to fall for the money to start coming in,” Garratt said. “I’m confident all those things will happen over the next week.”

In other news:

— STAT will be sending fund-raising letters to citizens who voted against Measure L.

— The STAT golf tournament, tentatively scheduled for September, will be held at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course in Meyers.

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