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Kudos & Kindness

‘Give Where You Live’ a huge success

May 6 was El Dorado County’s inaugural Give Where You Live campaign and an entire community came together and gave generously to their favorite nonprofit(s). The El Dorado Community Foundation Board of Directors and staff were honored to have this opportunity to showcase 50 participating nonprofits this year and look forward to bringing more into the fold in 2015.

Bill Roby, executive director at the Foundation, says, “The ticker on our website showed $125,000 at the close of the day, but final accounting is not completed. The Foundation will release a more detailed report to each participating nonprofit and the community when final figures are available.”

Mr. Roby is also quick to point out that none of this could have happened without the expertise of the technical support of the El Dorado County Office of Education and he speaks for the entire nonprofit community who extend their sincerest thanks to them for their tireless, supportive efforts.

Several local businesses, as well as CBS Radio/KNCI 105.1, also stepped up to the plate to offer themselves as “drop off” locations throughout the county. Donors reported that they were met with smiles and enthusiasm at Sierra Nevada Tire and Wheel, Madrona Vineyards, Jas and Bee’s Subway in Cameron Park, the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado Savings Banks county-wide; testimony to the fact that we are all living in an amazing community. Marquee space was also donated and boldly announced this first year event throughout the county, so thanks go out to: Frank’s Body Shop, Placerville Hardware, Thompson’s Toyota, MORE, Walgreens Placerville and the El Dorado County Fairgrounds for their contribution.

Other generous donors include: The Mountain Democrat, Windfall, Wealth Guard Advisors/Radio 101.5, Sierra Community Access TV and the Nugget Market in El Dorado Hills. Many thanks also to The City of Placerville and El Dorado County both of whom issued proclamations proclaiming May 6 as Give Where You Live Day.

The El Dorado Community Foundation is a 501 nonprofit organization as recognized by the State of California. For more information about the work of the Foundation, you are invited to visit their website at http://www.eldoradocf.org, or call 530-622-5621.

Pam Hagen

Community relations coordinator, El Dorado Community Foundation

Thank you for new prosthetic leg

Thank you, everyone. Thank you over and over again. Over the course of a person’s life there are precious few opportunities to hear and discover how much you mean to people that are important to you. Even fewer are tangible items that serve as a daily reminder of your value to your community. I feel incredibly privileged to have received both.

When I was 19 years old I faced mortality for the first time, fortunately I was given a choice to essentially trade my right leg for the privilege to breath. From that point I elected to prove that it was not a mistake, I lived joyfully and without fear, constantly accepting challenges. I soon discovered that my determination despite a visible encumbrance provided inspiration for others. This impact on lives, especially wrestlers that I coached, became my sole purpose. I willingly and exuberantly put in many long hours.

Unfortunately, I was using a rapidly deteriorating prosthetic and I ignored the signs of wear on the rest of my body. My prosthetic leg broke, causing me to severely injure my foot. I felt hopeless and desperate; my insurance would not cover a new one and the cost was prohibitive. For the first time in over a decade I felt deflated lying in pain in my bed immobile, questioning my self-worth and fearing the future.

Just like a fighter who has been knocked unconscious, I was shaken awake looking up at familiar and concerned faces. Repeatedly I was reminded how my absence was felt. The uplifting did not stop there as a fundraiser was organized and the goal was reached weeks earlier than the anticipated goal.

Less than a year after feeling as low as I can imagine, my cheeks now hurt from smiling so much. My new leg fits like a glove and walks like a dream. I sincerely wish everyone could feel this boundless, irresistible happiness. It makes my eyes water when I put it on and remember how long I used my old poorly fit, untrustworthy prosthetic. This leg instantly and dramatically improves my quality of life. On the socket I have put the names of donors, helpers and other reminders that this was the product of the kindness of many people. Already it has proven to be an unrivaled motivator. You can expect to see a wiser, happier, and more enthusiastic helpful version of me. I cannot express my gratitude with words alone. I am not sure I deserve it but I intend to prove it was worth.

Thank you again; this is by far the most precious gift I have ever received both spiritually and physically.

Ryan Wallace

South Lake Tahoe

Track meet a success

South Tahoe, Whittell, and Saint Theresa Middle School track teams hosted their home meet on May 15 at the South Tahoe Sports Complex. Over 350 athletes, representing 10 middle schools from around the area, participated with some awesome running, jumping and throwing. A big thank you goes out to those who helped make this event possible.

First we would like to thank Mother Nature for the warm day, but for also bringing in the cloud cover to make it not too warm. Next we want to thank the parents and the South Tahoe High School track athletes and student volunteers who helped with all the field events and timing of the running events. Out of the spotlight were the parents, coaches and teachers who were busy well past the end of the meet, compiling all the results so that they were available to each school that night.

We look forward to seeing everyone — athletes, parents, coaches and fans on May 21 at Carson High School for the middle school Tah-Neva Track and Field Championships.

Mark Hoefer and South Tahoe, Whittell and Saint Theresa coaches

South Lake Tahoe

Lions Club helps Bread & Broth

Lions Club members “help wherever, whenever and however they can” and that is exactly what the Lake Tahoe South Shore Lions Club members did at Bread & Broth’s May 12 Monday evening dinner. Representing the LT South Shore Lions Club at the meal were Rich Dart, Dr. Josh Welch, Tom Deputy and Maureen Kirkland, chapter president. These Lions Club members took the opportunity to help people in need by volunteering alongside the Bread & Broth volunteers before, during and after the dinner.

With its $250 donation for Bread & Broth’s Adopt a Day of Nourishment sponsorship and their volunteer support, the LT South Shore Lions Club hosted a Mexican dinner of beef and beans burritos, Spanish rice, tortillas, fresh guacamole and salsa prepared by Bread & Broth’s talented and versatile cooks. Nearly 100 diners enjoyed the tasty dinner and took home bags of foods donated by local grocery stores and businesses.

“It’s a wonderful and rewarding experience for the community,” was Maureen Kirkland’s description of the dinner event. Thanks to generous and involved sponsors like the Lake Tahoe South Shore Lions Club, Bread & Broth is able to provide meals every Monday and Friday evenings to all who enter our doors.

To help Bread & Broth as a donor or sponsor, contact Carol at 530-542-2876 or carolsgerard@aol.com.

Bread & Broth

South Lake Tahoe

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