Lakeside Inn makes donation to LTCC |

Lakeside Inn makes donation to LTCC

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily TribuneMike Bradford, center, of Lakeside Inn presents a pledge to Ann Luerken and Guy Lease from Lake Tahoe Community College.

When Lake Tahoe Community College was looking for help the community responded. The LTCC College Foundation received a federal Endowment Challenge Grant for $230,000, but to receive the money the foundation had to raise $115,000 in five years.

Within one year community members and businesses had pledged the full amount. But when one business was unable to complete its pledge and the foundation was left $4,000 short, Mike Bradford stepped in. Bradford, president and owner of Lakeside Inn & Casino, said that he felt it was the right thing to do.

“We have 320 people who work at Lakeside and at any point in time we have at least 15 who are attending classes at LTCC and we benefit directly from their continued education,” Bradford said. “From a broader perspective, the college is a cultural and educational resource that benefits the community as a whole. The college is part of what is necessary to have a healthy community.”

The foundation’s endowment fund helps ensure the financial stability of programs such as the Foundation for the Future Scholarship. Open to all graduates of South Tahoe and Whittell high schools with a 3.0 grade point average or better, the scholarship provides two years of tuition at LTCC.

Through generous support from the community the foundation is able to provide enhanced programs for students, faculty development, offer scholarships to continuing and transfer students, help the college remain on

the cutting edge of technology, and provide a variety of programs for the community. Anyone who is interested in supporting the foundation may call (530) 541-4660, Ext. 245.