Local briefs: Vail CEO donates to Lake Tahoe Boys & Girls Club, and Blue Ribbon Award nominations still sought | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Local briefs: Vail CEO donates to Lake Tahoe Boys & Girls Club, and Blue Ribbon Award nominations still sought


The Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe has been gifted a donation of $125,000 by Rob Katz, CEO of Vail Resorts, and his wife Elana Amsterdam.

In total, Katz has personally donated $2 million to 12 nonprofits in the communities adjacent to Vail properties.

“We are so grateful to have been chosen by Rob as the recipients of his South Lake Tahoe donation, and overwhelmed by his personal generosity to our community,” said Jude Wood, executive director of Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe.

The donation could not have come at a better time, according to the club. Membership has increased by 146 percent in the past two years and the club will shortly be starting a campaign to find a new home. About $75,000 of the donation will be used to pay for 50 members to attend the club for the 2016-17 school year.

Wood said: “The Boys and Girls Club purposefully keeps our membership fees low and never turns away a child for their inability to pay. Our after-school program costs just $100 for 10 months ­— including all the vacations. That is less than 50 cents a day for families; however, each child costs the Club $8 a day. Rob’s incredible donation will make up the deficit in that funding for 50 children and ensure that we can keep our doors open to everyone.”

The remaining $50,000 will go into the campaign for a new home. The Club is currently housed inside Al Tahoe Elementary School, which the District hopes to reopen as a school as early as next year.

“Rob has shown his support for the children of our community and we hope that his example will encourage other local businessmen and women to also support our campaign for a new home,” said club president Terri Arnold.

Learn more about the club at http://www.bgclt.org/registration.


Tahoe Chamber is seeking nominations for its 2016 Blue Ribbon Awards. This prominent awards program is the community’s opportunity to recognize South Shore businesses and individuals who excel in working as one in an effort to improve the quality of life on the South Shore. The public is encouraged to nominate South Shore businesses or individuals that have made a positive and lasting impression on the community at http://www.tahoechamber.org. The nomination period ends Monday, Oct. 17, at noon.

Businesses and individuals may be nominated for the following seven categories: Geotourism Award; Tourism Award; Experience Award; Entrepreneur Award; Customer Service (Business) Award; Customer Service (Public Agency) Award; and the Wendell Award for Green Business or Program. Businesses and individuals are not required to be chamber members to be nominated or to win.

Nominees will be announced later in October and the winners will be announced on Nov. 10 during the ninth annual Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Blue Ribbon Award winners will receive a free membership with Tahoe Chamber, signage to display at their businesses, an award and continuous recognition throughout the year for their contributions to the South Shore community. Tickets for the award ceremony are currently available online at http://www.tahoechamber.org.

Contact Emily Abernathy, Tahoe Chamber event director, at emily@tahoechamber.org or call (775) 588-1728, ext. 303, for details.

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