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Great Race is on for shelter

Re-opening the Lake Tahoe Humane Society-S.P.C.A. has been a distant hope for many South Shore residents. But it might soon turn from dream to reality, thanks to the energy and generosity of a few dedicated people.

Registration for the fifth annual Great Race benefit for the Lake Tahoe Humane Society-S.P.C.A. begins Monday at McP’s Irish Pub and Grill at 8 p.m.

This year the proceeds go toward a $100,000 matching grant, donated by a private foundation, to open the existing animal rescue facility.



“We’ve already raised $55,000 so far,” said Dawn Armstrong, executive director for the Humane Society. “We have no idea what we’ll get from this event, but every little bit helps.”

The $55 race entry fee, after helping cover the overall cost of the event, will bring the Humane Society a lot closer to opening the shelter, Armstrong said.




The race is open to skiers, boarders and telemarkers of all ages and ability levels. The event will include prizes provided by Cutting Edge Sports, The Beacon, Fresh Ketch, Patagonia, ESQ Sportwatches, Smith, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, M.S. Dixie II, Heavenly Ski Resort and Fantasy Inn.

“We have $10,000 in prizes already and expect to get more,” Armstrong said, adding that even non-racers are eligible to enter the drawing for prizes.

The race, which is March 10 beginning at 9 a.m., is at Heavenly Ski Resort near the California Main Lodge.

“This year’s event will be bigger than ever,” said event producer Mark Winberg. “We are looking forward to a great year for the Humane Society.”

The 4 p.m. post-race party is at the California Lodge and will feature the talents of Winberg and musicians Cool Black Kettle.

“This whole event is intended as a family event,” Armstrong said. “And the party should just be a real good time. It will probably wrap up around 6 p.m.”

The Great Race benefit is hosted by “Saturday Night Live!” comedian Kevin Nealon, and his wife Linda.


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