Letter — CASA’s box lunch program a success
March 25, 2003
A tremendous hug and a kiss, and a giant thank you is once again in order for the South Lake Tahoe community for supporting our second annual CASA Box Lunch fund-raiser. On March 19 nearly 1,000 box lunches were delivered to their offices, complete with a freshly baked cookie donated by Otis Spunkmeyer, each in a bag decorated by the children at Tahoe Parents Nursery School and St. Theresa School. Sandwiches were made in the Harrah’s kitchen with the help of many volunteers. Frito Lay donated the chips, Albertsons donated sodas and Safeway contributed the bottled water. Do we have an awesome community, or what?
Numerous individuals reached out for the best interests of children through their time, energy, ideas and most of all, enthusiasm. Thanks especially to Keith Cooney, Chuck and Joann Day, Lisa Huard, Becky Fortier, Karen Vaughn, Dennis Cole, Ed Crafton, Greg Tucker and Shelley Gionatta. To each of the Club Live members from South Tahoe Middle School and to the great young men from Tahoe Turning Point, you were all a huge help. Our grateful thanks go out to an incredible CASA and organizer, Sonja Miller, and her staff, Jim Oglesby, Danny Chavez and Sergio Fonceca-Ortiz. In addition, many departments at Harrah’s Tahoe need to be recognized for their contributions to the success of this fund-raiser: Paul Elbogen, Paul Voss and the banquet staff, Fred Sweeny and the garde manger staff, Executive Chef Thomas J. Smith, Gary Oien, Chuck Hardenbergh, Pat Hopper and Ron Tucker.
Many thanks go to Harrah’s Tahoe for their generous support financially and physically for CASA. Kudos to the CASA volunteers and the community of friends of CASA who gave their time to solicit, make sandwiches, and then deliver lunches. Last, but certainly not least, thank you, thank you to each of the 136 businesses that ordered 964 lunches. The sun was shining a little brighter and the smiles were a little wider at lunch that day as each participant knew that they were part of a community that cares about children in need of a powerful voice in court.
Wendy David and Patricia McBrien
CASA South Lake Tahoe