South Shore makes tracks |

South Shore makes tracks


A full moon and fresh, glistening snow contributed to the success of the Feb. 10 snowshoe event to benefit Ordinary People with Extraordinary Needs.

Kahle Community Park gazebo was the launching point from 1 to 9 p.m., complete with fire pits to warm the snow players upon their return. Freezing weather and intermittent snow did not deter the hardy supporters of OPEN, a group unique to Tahoe whose mission is to help members of the community who have extraordinary medical expenses.

Volunteers from International Discount Golf expertly fitted donated Yuba snowshoes on the feet of the adventurous, ranging from a baby in a backpack to senior citizens before sending them off with a thermos of hot chocolate, Cliff energy bars and as evening grew near, headlights. Returning was equally festive as the bright, warm fires on the edge of the gazebo not only provided warmth, but the prospect of roasting marshmallows provided by two young volunteers from the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program at South Tahoe High School.

After warming up the participants were dealt a poker hand. The winner in each group chose of prize from among Video Maniacs video rentals, bottles of wine, Rainbow Mountain ski and snowboard equipment rentals, JC Penney gift certificates and hair styling. The winner, 9-year-old Michael Petragallo of South Lake Tahoe, received a Sony Sports Walkman donated by Darrell Schue of Accurate AudioVideo.

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