News briefs: $5,000 donated to Keep Tahoe Blue, Holocaust survivor to share story |

News briefs: $5,000 donated to Keep Tahoe Blue, Holocaust survivor to share story


Everyone, of all ages, is invited to attend a Beach Blanket Dance on Friday, July 29, from 7:30-10 p.m. The 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band plays a variety of music. It is not necessary to come with a partner. Wearing beach attire is optional. Admission includes appetizers, desserts, beverages and a free door prize — all for $10. Those 21 and under pay only $5. Raffles are part of the fun. The event is planned for South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

For more information, call Jim (530-541-3285) or Francine (530-541-8380).


Albert Rosa is a Holocaust survivor with an unusual story — he is also the recipient of five American military medals, including a Purple Heart. Rosa will share his story of survival, resilience and hope in South Lake Tahoe on Sunday, Aug. 21. The presentation will take place at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel and is open to the public (reservation required). It starts at 7 p.m.

Albert Rosa was 15 years old when he and nearly 70 family members were taken from their home country of Greece and forcibly relocated to a concentration camp in Auschwitz, Germany.

“We were not human anymore; we were totally dehumanized,” Rosa said, referring to the conditions and treatment at the camp.

His back is covered with scars from being whipped while working at the camp.

“Two or three weeks [was] the most anyone could make it,” he noted. “I used to be an athlete,” the once 150-pound man explained. While at the camp, his body weight dwindled to a mere 85 pounds.

“The only thing that helped me survive was the promise I made to my brother, Daniel,” Rosa said.

The Germans hanged Rosa’s brother for attacking and killing a German soldier who was beating Albert for stealing some potatoes. “When he was on the rope I promised him I will avenge him and stay alive,” Rosa said.

During the Dachau Death March, Rosa and six others managed to escape from the Nazis, taking refuge in an abandoned barn. They were eventually rescued by American soldiers whom he subsequently joined in fighting against the Nazis. He earned five medals, including a Purple Heart, for his courage and bravery under fire.

He will share his story of survival, resilience and hope. Rosa’s presentation is organized by Chabad at Lake Tahoe.

“It is imperative that every person, especially youth, hear Albert Rosa’s presentation,” Chabad at Lake Tahoe director Rabbi Mordey Richler said. “Hearing a first-hand account of this dark part of recent history will help us avoid the repetition of such terrible events.”

Details and reservations are available at Early-bird tickets cost $15, then are $20 online or $25 at the door.

For more information, contact Richler at 530-314-7677 or email


South Lake Tahoe-based Tahoe Blue Vodka has donated $5,000 to the League to Save Lake Tahoe, with encouragement to community members to match their contribution to support the League’s beach cleanups. League supporters surpassed the match, raising over $10,000.

“When Matt Levitt and Tahoe Blue Vodka made this generous gift to support beach cleanups and offered it as a match during our busy summer beach cleanup season, we jumped at the opportunity,” said Darcie Goodman Collins, the League’s executive director. “Everyone loves a challenge, and our community responded enthusiastically, for which we are grateful.”

The $10,416 raised in total will support the League’s beach cleanup efforts throughout the year, but especially the annual Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Beach Cleanups. This year’s July 5 cleanup featured over 330 volunteers collecting 1,600 pounds of trash from nine beaches lakewide, cleaning up more than 4.5 miles of Tahoe’s shoreline.

“We’re thrilled to see the community respond to match our donation to Keep Tahoe Blue,” said Matt Levitt, founder and CEO of Tahoe Blue Vodka. “The success of our business is tied to the long-term health of Lake Tahoe, so it’s only natural for us to want to support efforts to protect the lake’s shoreline.”

The financial support from Tahoe Blue Vodka and matching gift campaign’s participants provides the League with critical funds for the purchase of cleanup equipment and supplies for its volunteers, such as litter grabbers and reusable trash bags and gloves.

“Through their generosity, Tahoe Blue Vodka is making it possible to ensure success for our future cleanup efforts planned for Labor Day and into the fall,” Collins said. “We feel so fortunate to have such steadfast partners in ensuring our beloved Lake Tahoe remains clear and healthy for all to enjoy for generations to come.”

To make a contribution to the League to Save Lake Tahoe, please contact Erica Mirich, development director, at 530-541-5388 or Erica would be delighted to talk with you about the League, its offerings and how a gift helps Keep Tahoe Blue.


Al Anon meets every Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Unity at the Lake, 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. It’s a support group for people affected by alcoholism.


An ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge game is planned for Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. in the South Lake Senior Center. Call John Guerry at 530-543-0237 or 530-318-3887 and email jguerrysr! This is a year-round event.

Lake Tahoe Men’s Bridge Club meets every Thursday to play bridge year-round. It kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. It’s a casual game with lunch at noon.

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