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Rainbow of Hope is tonight’s Ascent signature event

With each new year, differences over lifestyle orientation and acceptance in our culture appear to be easing.

It wasn’t always that way.

And yet for the gay and lesbian community, which has faced enormous struggles with prejudice and bigotry, each generation has become easier to navigate compared to those decades of the past.

But, for whatever gains that have been made, teenagers still continue to struggle over the issues of sexual orientation, culture and acceptance.

Tonight, an event that celebrates the very hope for future generations of gay, lesbian, transgender and those of bisexual orientation will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

A Rainbow of Hope is the signature event during Ascent – The Winter Party at Lake Tahoe, an eight-day South Shore gay and lesbian ski week that continues through Sunday.

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Representatives from the event’s eight beneficiaries will be at the Rainbow of Hope celebration, which will feature speakers on the topic of gay and lesbian youth.

It will also include a silent auction, themed food stations and a no-host snack bar. Larry Friedman, rural grants director for the Nevada Commission on Tourism, is the emcee.

Tickets are $45 and are available at the Ascent registration area at Harvey’s Resort and Casino, Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce (195 Highway 50 in Stateline) and the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce (3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe); or by e-mail at sdnomis@hotmail.com. Please put “A Rainbow of Hope” in the subject line.

Among the silent auction items are six roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines, a one-week RCI timeshare, hotel rooms, restaurant vouchers, snowmobile rides and elegant works of art. Donations to the silent auction can be made by calling (866) 263-4167.

The beneficiaries selected by the Lake Tahoe Gay Lesbian Foundation, sponsors of A Rainbow of Hope are: Court Appointed Special Advocates, The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Point Foundation, Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation, Sierra Recovery Center, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Tahoe Arts Project and Tahoe Youth and Family Services.

For more information about Ascent, go to: http://www.ascentlaketahoe.com