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Kudos and kindness

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports
Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune Busers at the Ernie's Burger Night fund-raiser for O.P.E.N. taking a break from their duties are, from left, Kyra De Silva, Sean Troche, Kate Lambdin and Shayna Butler.

To the editor:

Ernie’s Burger Night on April 8 was a happy celebration of caring community members who have either referred others in medical crisis to Ordinary People meeting Extraordinary Needs or have given of their services through O.P.E.N. to improve the quality of health to others.

Included are South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, El Dorado County Public Health Department, Longs Pharmacy, dentists Paul Genasci, Frederick Wenck and Elizabeth Swope, Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe, Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra and Ernie’s owners, Paul and Judy Bruso.

A very special thanks to the local businesses who gave donations and reduced price foods: Bonanza Produce, Crystal Dairy and Barkely Meats; to the volunteers at the event: greeters Ray and Carol Goodenough, Maureen Kirkland, Carmen Withrow; the chocolate/vanilla “shakers” who worked four hours with no gloves, Paula Lambdin and Stephanie Cox; never-ending busers, Sean Troche, Kyra DeSilva, Kate Lambdin and Shayna Butler; South Lake Tahoe Cancer League; South Lake Tahoe Senior Center; South Tahoe Middle School Club Live ; and Tahoe Turning Point, to name a few.

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Uniquely, Ernie’s Burger Night is the only charity fund-raiser that offers 100 percent of the ticket sales back to the nonprofit event and contribute their staff who have already worked a morning shift cooking, cleaning and waiting tables: Juan Carlos, Estela Cortez, Aleyda Casillas, Beverly Gray, Michele Sattler, special event overseer Brittany Schroeder, who filled any needs, and her mother, Keril Kelly, baker of the delicious butter and chocolate brownie/macadamia cookies.

Paul and Judy Bruso are very special gifts to our community. We of O.P.E.N. are deeply grateful to have networked with such a respected and admired team of professionals in an evening of food, good company and mutual appreciation.

Ordinary People meeting Extraordinary Needs

Rotarians thank community

To the editor:

On behalf of the Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club, I would like to thank our wonderful community for their incredible support. Our 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day Wine Tasting and Corned Beef Feed last month raised more than $41,000. It was a total success and everyone had a great time for a good cause. All the money will stay right here to help our community. It will pay for college scholarships and donations to nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

We have selected Court Appointed Special Advocates for our major community donation this year. The funds are designated for the new Carson Valley Children’s Center to be constructed in Douglas County. Thank you to Linda Cuddy and the great board members at CASA for the genuine support of our fund-raiser.

Thank you to all the local businesses for donating the fabulous prizes for our silent auction and raffle. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of Simeon Miranda and Ellen Booker at the Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Resort for contributing more than 100 accommodation packages. Thank you to the Tahoe Daily Tribune, KRLT-FM, KOWL-AM, RSN and K-MTN TV for promoting the event.

Most importantly, thanks to the local citizens for purchasing tickets and generously bidding on the silent auction. You proved once again that Lake Tahoe is the best place in the world to live.

Conrad Buedel, president

Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club

Boys and Girls thank Starbucks

To the editor:

On behalf of the club members, board of directors and staff of the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Starbucks on Park Avenue for opening their doors early to provide a fund-raising opportunity with free food and drink. They raised more than $630 for our programs.

Their generous donation will help us fulfill our mission to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. We are grateful for people like the Starbucks and their store manager, Audra Huelsman, who understand the value of providing a safe, fun and educational place for the children of our community during after-school hours and summer break.

The club appreciates their dedication and commitment to our youth development strategy that promotes the development of young people by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and power or influence that enhances self-esteem, and allows children to achieve their full potential.

De-Anne HooperExecutive director,

Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe

Shehadis hit a homer for clinic

To the editor:

I would like to take the time out to thank two very honorable people in this community. Their names are Mark and Scott Shehadi. They are brothers and have grown up and lived in South Lake Tahoe for either their entire lives, or most of their lives. They have grown up playing baseball in this community and have endless knowledge of the game.

They did a wonderful thing on April 18. I attended a “Coaches Clinic” for the South Tahoe National Little League prior to the season’s opening. This clinic was to give information and techniques to volunteer coaches who either had coaching experience or had never coached before. Mark and Scott Shehadi voluntarily conducted this clinic for STNLL. The information was priceless. I learned more from these two than I had ever known about teaching young children baseball.

Mark and Scott Shehadi took time out of their busy schedules to work with not only the coaches for two hours, but after the “Coaches Clinic” they spent two more hours at the “Kid’s Clinic,” working with the children who had signed up for Little League. The kids ranged from the tiniest T-ballers up to the Minor B Division. Mark and Scott’s patience and fun attitudes kept the children involved and attentive the entire time.

It was a very successful and fun day, and I can’t thank Scott and Mark enough for the knowledge you gave the coaches and the fun and love of the game you taught the children. You are both true examples of what it means to give to others. Thanks guys.

Laura Cefalu

South Lake Tahoe

Acknowledging STHS musicians

To the editor:

As a lifelong professional musician and pianist, I wish to acknowledge the extraordinary privilege it was for me to participate in the recent South Tahoe High School production of “The Sound of Music” under the baton of J. J. Clause. The musicians in the honor band were not only incredibly skilled but had wonderful spirit and humor, and readily accepted a pianist easily three times their age. In particular, I was thrilled to add Nicole Vidro, Mary Kurek, Bryan Kurek, Dondra Biller, Sam Fernald, and Troy Mikanovich to my group of local musical friends.

As a veteran of over 100 professional musical productions, I found the direction of Liz Niven of the highest quality and had to constantly remind myself that this was a cast of high school students! (In addition, of course, “Niv,” as they call her, was responsible, with assistance, for the choreography, sets, and costumes!) Once again, it was a pleasure to get to know Briana Biller, David Hartzell, and too many other hard-working members of the cast to mention just a few (including many members of our adult community!).

Finally, I would like to publicly acknowledge the incredible job that Linda Kurek and J. J. Clause have done in keeping the music program running in our Unified School District. Between the two of them, these two women have taken on an enormous task that has resulted in spring concerts, trips to honor bands all the way up to the state level, musical stage productions, regular class instruction, successful accreditations, trips to Disneyland, and much more. They race from school to school on schedules so tight that they joke about eating meals in their cars and only visiting the rest room on alternate days. These two women are to be loudly commended for the job they have fulfilled so brilliantly and with such depth of quality in maintaining the quality of musical education in South Lake Tahoe, and I feel deeply honored in having been permitted to be even a small part of it.

Salli Parker

South Lake Tahoe

Appreciation for youth supporters

To the editor:

In a time that many in our community are outraged at the recent outcome of Measure L, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge some of our outstanding citizens who gave of their hearts and time to support our youth.

Recently, South Tahoe High School and South Tahoe Middle School participated in the annual Challenge Day, a day designed to break down the socioeconomic barriers that exist in a community or school. It is designed to create acceptance and tolerance that exists within a group.

Challenge Day would not be possible without the support of school staff and community members. I would like to extend our warmest thanks to those who took the challenge, believed in our youth and opened their hearts to our children.

Thank you Prat Patella and the Super 8 Motel for providing rooms for our presenters free of charge for the fourth year in a row. Thank you Marie Stokes and the Horizon Casino Resort for being a partner in education and providing a conference room for the second time free of charge. Thank you Chris Cafe and Tahoe Quick Luke for allowing your employee to participate and paying him in his absence from the job.

Thank you to all the amazing people who participated as facilitators: Debbie Lawson, Bill Skanks, Rey Reyna, Bill Smaine, Warren Berg, Jim DeMeola, Steve Dorman, Armando Cruz, El Hug, Dianna Gooding, Barbara Kopchos, Erin Penny, Ken Griest, Julie Henry, Karen Nighswonger, Sally Lomis, Suzie Marx, Carol Hasse-Hug, Cheryl DuFay, Kellee Koeppen, Joe Pfeil, Pam Taylor, Linda Blaney, Jim Morgan, Chris Morgan, Steve Fernald, Penny Stewart and Marilyn Pawling.

To the STYC students and Tallac students, I am honored to know you. You are the future. With you as our leaders I know that in time we will be a safer, kinder community.

Holly GreenoughChallenge Day coordinator

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