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American Century Championship and Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority award $55k in grants to nonprofits

Sebastian Foltz
sfoltz@tahoedailytribune.com
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and grant award recipients pose for a photo at LTVA's Nov. 4 board meeting. The American Century Championship contributed $55,600 in grant money that will be divided between 30 local charities.
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Funding recipients

Assistance League of Sierra Foothills

BATS Bringing Art to Schools

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County

Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe

Bread & Broth 4 Kids

CASA El Dorado

Clean Tahoe Program

Food Bank El Dorado County

H.E.R.O. Scholarship Fund

Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition

Lake Tahoe Educational Fund

Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School

Live Violence Free

Juvenile Service Council of El Dorado County

Kahle Community Center

Kelly Ridge

Kiwanis Community Organization Inc. (Coats for Kids)

Saint Joseph Community Land Trust

South Lake Tahoe Cancer League

South Lake Tahoe Police Activities League

South Tahoe Vikings Booster Club

Tahoe Arts Project

Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue

Tahoe Prosperity Center

Tahoe Regional Young Professionals

Tahoe Senior Plaza

Tahoe Magic

Tahoe Youth & Family Services

Whittell Booster Club

Zephyr Cove Elementary School

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Thirty local nonprofits will soon see boosts in their annual funding courtesy of the 2015 American Century Championship golf tournament, NBC Sports and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

At their monthly board meeting Thursday, Nov. 12, LTVA announced the winning applicants for $55,600 in grant funding raised through last year’s celebrity tournament at Edgewood Golf Club.

“We like to spread it around,” LTVA director Carol Chaplin said, explaining the large number of organizations that the grant will be divided among.

While specific allotments were not released, Chaplin said each organization will receive between $500 and $7,500 with a median allocation of around $1,500, depending on award.

For St. Theresa’s Bread & Broth 4 Kids program, it means continuing to help provide weekend meals to 103 students in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

“The donation allows us to feel a little more comfortable for the next two or three months,” said Diane Weidinger with Bread & Broth. “We were very grateful for the donation because it’s a much needed program.”

A committee appointed by LTVA determined which organizations received funding from a larger pool of applicants. Those who submitted applications had to itemize how they intended to use funding. Each local organization also had to have a 501c3-nonprofit status in order to qualify.

Chaplin said funds will go to a variety of different charities, including the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, the Bringing Back Art to Schools program, the Lake Tahoe Cancer League, the Food Bank of El Dorado County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County, Live Violence Free and a host of other organizations.

Programs include collecting coats and food for kids, medical transportation, family and senior housing assistance, environmental initiatives, mentoring, and cancer patient assistance.

“It’s heartwarming,” Chaplin said of the tournament’s efforts to raise funds for local organizations. “It gives back to the community.”

In addition to the recent grant money distribution, tournament organizers also assisted in raising an additional $51,500 for other charities during the July event. A grand total of $107,100 was raised through the tournament and distributed to South Shore regional charities.

“From start to finish, the golf event has so many dimensions from the actual event to destination awareness to charity fundraising,” Chaplin said.

The tournament will return to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course for it’s 27th year, July 19-24. The event annually features top-tier celebrities from the entertainment and sports world competing on national television. Organizers said the ACC has helped donate $4.5 million to local and national non-profits since 1990. Since 2009, over $800,000 has been given to more than 80 local nonprofits.

“They’re always so grateful,” Chaplin said of organizations receiving assistance. “It’s really great.”