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Horse chooses winner in this contest

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Nicole Soohoo, a driver with Borges Carriage Rides, discusses the Manure Monopoly fund-raiser to benefit Tahoe Youth & Family Services with Jack.

Tahoe Youth & Family Services will present “Manure Monopoly” at noon Aug. 20 at Embassy Suites Stateline.

Proceeds from the unique fund-raiser will go to TYFS to fund its programs.

A donation of $25 will buy one of 500 random squares along a special route of Borges Carriage Rides and the horse pulling the carriage will make the final determination of who wins $1,000. The first purchased square that the horse “poops” on is the winner. If the initial “dropping” hits on the line between squares, the grand prize will be split.

The rules are simple:

1. No feeding the horse.

2. No scaring the poop out of the horse.

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3. Any interference with the horse automatically disqualifies the person.

4. It is not necessary for the winner to be present.

5. Void where prohibited by law.

Tickets are available at Tahoe Youth & Family Services, 1021 Fremont Ave.; Lake Tahoe Unified School District office, 1021 Al Tahoe Blvd.; Embassy Suites Stateline, ask for Jean Gurney; and from any TYFS staff or board member.

For more information and game rules call (530) 541-2445.

During the event the Street Outreach Team will be painting faces and distributing information about community resources. The mentoring program coordinator, Crystal Ptak, will also be on hand to answer questions for potential mentors and mentees.

Tahoe Youth & Family Services is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is “to promote the healthy development of the children, youth and families of the Lake Tahoe community through counseling, education and support programs.”

TYFS aims to build a community that takes care of its children and has been providing these services to the community since 1971.

The agency’s current operations include, but are not limited to:

— Low- and no-cost individual, family and group counseling services for youth to 18 years of age and families; topics include adolescent substance issues, attachment issues to young children and family reunification matters.

— Tahoe Runaway Youth Services is the only provider of shelter and counseling services to runaway and homeless youth and youth needing a safe place overnight.

–24-hour crisis line for youth and families and Straight Talk information line.

— Street Outreach Program and Project Safe Place for runaway and homeless youth and youth at risk for running away or homelessness.

— Counseling for teens at the Young Parents Program at South Tahoe High School and at TREC, a collaborative program with County Probation and County Office of Education for youth on probation and youth expelled from school.

— Counseling services to children at risk for child abuse and families at risk for instability and unsafe behavior and professional theraplay services in our therapeutic playroom.

— Reflective supervision, case management, classroom observation and counseling services to Head Start and Early Head Start teachers and families.

— Consultation to local child care providers regarding infant and toddler mental health needs and assessment.

— Co-parenting classes for parents in conflictual divorce situations, life skills classes for early intervention with youths at risk for alcohol and drug abuse and law enforcement intervention and recovery group for adolescents dealing with substance abuse issues.

— Mentoring program for children of prisoners.