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South Lake Tahoe residents to climb Kilimanjaro

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports
Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune Fay and Joe Wagner, from left, are among seven South Lake Tahoe residents who will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to benefit the Sierra Recovery Center.

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Sierra Recovery Center, a private, nonprofit chemical dependency rehabilitation facility, has been hit rather hard recently with many budget cuts. In an attempt to re-group and gather funds, the organization is trying to raise funds in a unique and creative way.

Seven residents of South Lake Tahoe will travel to Tanzania in June, where they will climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the seventh highest mountain in the world. Two of the climbers, Fay and Joe Wagner, climbed the mountain in September 2001 and are dedicating their effort this time to Sierra Recovery Center. The Wagners are seeking donations to SRC to help continue the many programs offered by the organization including several options for recovery, residential facilities, outpatient care and transitional living. It is also a charitable contribution in the effort and spirit of Sierra Recovery Center.

This will be an outstanding personal achievement for the members of the Tahoe group, which also includes David Burns, Guy Ellis, Jane Ellis, Diane Salzenstein and Deborah West. These energetic community members are in for the experience of a lifetime, in the midst of the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa. The complete African experience is truly represented on this journey, integrating many of Tanzania’s treasures, climbing Kilimanjaro, safaris in Tanzania’s game parks, the Tarangari, Serengeti, Ngorongoro crater and scubas diving in Zanzibar. The Tahoe climbers are not affiliated with Sierra Recovery in any way and are sponsoring their own trips.

Since Sierra Recovery Center is a private, nonprofit organization, it truly appreciates and needs all the help it can get from the community. With ever increasing demands for its services, the charitable tax deductible contributions allow them to continue to provide services to people in the community who are struggling with addictions to drugs and alcohol. Contributions of any amount are encouraged, with contributors who make a donation of $100 earning two passes to an “After Climb Party.” Donations may be mailed or brought to Sierra Recovery Center, 972-B Tallac Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

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