Silent auction highlights Irish party |

Silent auction highlights Irish party

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily TribuneFrom left, Simeon Miranda, Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Resort general manager; Conrad Buedel, Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club president-elect; and Ellen Brooker, Embassy executive administrator display the vacation resort packages that will be available in the Rotary Club silent auction.

The Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club is busy preparing for its 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Wine Tasting and Corned Beef Feed. The best Irish party of the year will take place March 15 at Harrah’s Special Events Center. The fund-raiser features an incredible silent auction with more than 100 hotel packages to fabulous resort destinations in the United States. The auction also includes great products from local retailers and gift certificates from local restaurants.

Thanks again to Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Resort for its extraordinary generosity to the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club. Every year, Simeon Miranda, general manager, and Ellen Brooker, executive administrator, solicit donations from the family of Embassy Suites Hotels. Their combined effort makes the silent auction truly special. The gift certificates include fun vacation resorts in San Diego, Anaheim, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, Pasadena, San Francisco, Monterey, Walnut Creek, Seattle, Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Boca Raton, Jacksonville and Miami.

The St. Patrick’s Day Wine tasting is the service club’s major source of funds to provide for college scholarships and donations to local nonprofit organizations. Last year, the proceeds from the wine tasting allowed the club to donate $12,000 in academic scholarships to 10 local high school seniors and another $15,000 to local community programs that benefit everyone at Lake Tahoe.

We are blessed to live in such a beautiful place with so many generous citizens. The community really supports our fund-raising efforts. Any individual or business that makes a donated valued at $200 or more will receive two complimentary VIP passes to the event worth $80. All donors also will be listed in the program and on the Web site Print ads for the event will direct wine tasting guests to visit the Web site in advance of the auction to get familiar with the donated items before the event. All donations will be admired and noticed. Anyone who would like to make a donation or purchase tickets may call Conrad Buedel at (775) 749-1033.