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South Lake Tahoe philanthropist provides Christmas party to area youth

Special to the Tribune

Philanthropist Lisa Maloff greeted every child with a hug and a wrapped gift.

Christmas was made very special for 100 South Lake Tahoe children on Saturday, Dec. 16, when philanthropist Lisa Maloff joined Tahoe Youth and Family Services (TYFS) in ringing in the holidays.

Earlier this month, Maloff made a donation of $75,000 to the agency, which serves youth and families in South Lake Tahoe, Douglas County and Alpine County.

Maloff asked TYFS to hold a special Christmas party so she could spread holiday cheer.

In less than two weeks, volunteers pulled together a Christmas party at the Lake Tahoe Community College student services center. The event included face painting, games, a cookie decorating station, games, food and a visit from Mrs. Santa Claus — Maloff herself.

Dressed in a pink Santa hat and matching neon leggings, Maloff greeted every child with a hug and a wrapped gift. Children served by TYFS, Live Violence Free, the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, the Family Resource Center and Sierra Child and Family Services attended the event.

"Mrs. Maloff is definitely the angel of Tahoe. It's been an honor getting to know her and we are so touched by her unbelievably generous donation. She's truly a gift to the youth in South Lake Tahoe," said Virginia Berry, TYFS executive director. "We would like to thank Lake Tahoe Community College, Barton Foundation, and Jeanette Shippee and the culinary arts program at the El Dorado County Jail for partnering with Tahoe Youth & Family Services to make this day so special for our local kids. We'd also like to thank the virtual army of volunteers and elves who shopped, wrapped presents, decorated and helped serve at the party, as well as Gina Stowell for her amazing face painting of the young guests."

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Maloff made the $75,000 donation to the nonprofit during their recent "Night of Magic" fundraising event. Her donation will help expand and improve services to at-risk youth and families in South Lake Tahoe, Gardnerville and Alpine County.

"Angels do walk among us. Mrs. Maloff is proof of that," said Pam Wheeler, TYFS board president.

This article was provided by Tahoe Youth & Family Services.