Snowsports Week raises $12,000 |

Snowsports Week raises $12,000

Linda Thompson

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Sierra-at-Tahoe Snowsports Week recipients celebrating the event's success are, from left, Linda Thompson, Barton Hospital Foundation; Bill Kingman, Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation; Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services; and Jeanne Proto, Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation.

The success of Snowsports Week in February is largely driven by the weather and ski conditions. Fewer tickets were sold this year, but the event still generated $12,000 for the nonprofit agencies below.

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care intends to use its portion of the proceeds to provide ongoing care for the numerous wildlife species they rehabilitate. In addition, any remaining funds will be added to the general fund, which is designated for specific foods for the various species of birds and animals they care for. These include the fawns, raccoons, bobcats, river otters and songbirds.

Snowsports Week income for the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation provides graduates from South Tahoe and Whittell high schools who graduated with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with up to two years (90 units) of tuition. More than 200 local graduates have attended LTCC on this scholarship, nearly 80 students winter quarter. The funding from Sierra-at-Tahoe has made a big difference in many lives. We all benefit from an educated population.

Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation has made a commitment to Class Size Reduction in the amount of $80,000 per year for three years. We are in the second year of that program in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, and we’ve been successful due largely to funds raised by Snowsports Week. In addition, working with the South Tahoe High School Alumni Council, LTEF was able to allocate $20,000 for LED signage at the high school theater.

Barton Hospital Foundation uses the proceeds to enhance medical services and facilities through Barton HealthCare System. This year’s income will help build the Endowment Fund, which has earned investment income to fund the Healing Design Program at the hospital. As the program takes effect patients are seeing the difference in the environment as well as the comfort and privacy issues being addressed. The Healing Design concept is taking on a life of its own in healthcare settings across the country with hospitals now working from research that indicates patients’ experiences and recovery are impacted by colors, design, comfort, sights and sounds. The intent of the redesign program is to reduce anxieties and create the most inviting and comforting environment as possible.

Tahoe Youth and Family Services’ mission is to promote the healthy development of the children, youth and families of the Lake Tahoe community. These funds are an integral source of unrestricted money to supplement services to the community. TYFS leverages this local funding source to increase the effectiveness of larger grants. TYFS uses this money to provide counseling services to youth and families who might otherwise not qualify for our funded programs and also not be financially able to meet the sliding scale fees. No client is ever turned away due to an inability to pay for services.

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Sierra-at-Tahoe Snowsports Week is a community winner all around. In one way or another, everyone is impacted by the money raised and everyone wins.