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Kudos & Kindness

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. The Fiston family, from left, Lance, Zac, Jody and Zoe, join in thanking Ernie's for hosting Ernie's Burger Night to benefit Ordinary People Meeting Extraordinary Needs.

Maybe it was the delicious chocolate and vanilla shakes -prepared two hours before and one hour during the Ernie’s Burger night event by two OPEN board members and one son – Gary and Jamie Moore and Ray Goodenough. Maybe it was the mixture of attendees – from recipients such as Teri Martin, the transplant reason Ordinary People meeting Extraordinary Needs was begun in 1990, and Paul Imbruglio still waiting for a liver transplant – to guests such a former city mayor, social services, OPEN volunteers, dentists and physical therapists, group home boys and staff. Maybe it was the raucous laughter.

Maybe it was the Ordinary People busers, Donna Lighholder, Josefina Solano, Kathy Greogrich, or the Tahoe Trail Bars donated by Lees, owner of Hot Gossip. Maybe it was the delicious donated food from Barkley Meats, Crystal Dairy, Farmer Brothers, Franco Bread and Bonanza Produce or the Ernie’s waitresses, cooks and dishers – the “soul” of Ernie’s, under the leadership and the giving nature of owners, Paul and Judy Bruso. Maybe it was the surprise singing of “Happy Birthday” to Rob Cock and his family.

Whatever the reasons, the Burger Night at Ernie’s to benefit OPEN was a treasured experience and raised almost $3,000 for the organization. Thank you one and all.

Carol Goodenough

Ordinary People meeting Extraordinary Needs

Food, service great at cafe

Just wanted to pass along a good word about Nikki’s Chaat Cafe in South Lake Tahoe. A couple of weeks ago a friend and I were visiting Lake Tahoe for the weekend. We stopped in the cafe for a quick breakfast on our way to church.

They were so kind and the service so fast, that we decided to return that night for an Indian dinner. The food was fantastic. Bhupendra Dave, the owner, told us how he came to the U.S. and eventually opened the cafe. What an encouraging story. It’s unfortunate the restaurant, between stores in a strip mall, is not more visible from the street. Regardless, it’s worth looking for.

Wendy Austin

Relay kickoff was a success

The American Cancer Society staff and I would like to say thank you to the many volunteers who worked to make South Lake Tahoe’s first Relay for Life Kickoff such a huge success.

Also, we would like to say a special thank you to the kickoff committee for their time, dedication and enthusiasm in coordinating the “Hello Tahoe” theme, the food and decorations, door and raffle prizes and every aspect of our event. You all did an outstanding job of pulling the community together and it could not have been so successful without the help and effort of everyone. Thanks so much.

Judi Sparrow, event chair

Relay for Life

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