Third annual AIDS fund-raiser at Riva Grill |

Third annual AIDS fund-raiser at Riva Grill

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Provided by Jim Murlin / F-Stop Riva Grill AIDS Benefit fund-raisers enjoy an infant's bright-eyed curiosity: from left, Kathy Farrell, Patty Timmens, Emma Osborne being held by Corinna Osborne, Don Regis-Bilar and Sue Barton.

As the pine pitch begins to give way to pine pollen, also in the air is anticipation of the third annual AIDS fund-raiser held at Riva Grill on the Lake on June 7.

“In hosting this fund-raiser for the third year, Riva Grill has confirmed its commitment to our community and to this cause,” said Sue Barton, an organizer of the event. “We are very grateful to owner Tom Turner and his staff for their continued support.”

“This event jump-starts our busy summer season,” added Corinna Osborne, sales manager for the lakefront property. “Riva Grill continuously supports the AIDS benefit by donating the space, food and beverage in order to provide a sense of community for a worthwhile cause.

“On a personal note, with Emma being a new addition to my family, it is of utmost importance for me to provide a safe and healthy future for her. By supporting the AIDS benefit, I feel that I am contributing to that cause,” Osborne concluded.

“It is just wonderful to work with all of the great people who continue to support our events,” said Patty Timmens, another organizer of the benefit. “For the second year, Event Masters of South Lake Tahoe is donating the stage, Bruce Rettig of Charter Graphics designs and prints the posters, and Jim Murlin of F-Stop provides all of the photos which promote the event.”

Also for the second year, ever-popular local band Blue Turtle Seduction will headline the evening with additional entertainment by The Fishin’ Musician (also know as Rick Hordin) and Robert and Jennifer Hart of The Coy.

A raffle will be added this year to compliment the silent auction. Most important, this year the number of tickets available will be limited.

“This being our third year, we decided to limit the number of tickets so that Riva will not be over-crowded as it has been for the last two years,” Timmens added.

Although having the reputation as the “party of parties” among South Shore locals, the seriousness of AIDS as a communitywide, national and planetary issue is not far from the organizers’ minds.

“AIDS touches every human being’s life on Earth,” said Don Regis-Bilar. “If not directly, then in terms of a global economy dependent on the hugely infected work forces in countries such as China and India which produce the goods we consume.”

Regis-Bilar, a 21-year South Shore resident, is credited with keeping the issue of AIDS alive as a journalist and fund-raiser. In 1995, he founded the Friends of Patrick Bennett which holds various events throughout the year to bring awareness to AIDS.

The Riva Grill event benefits the Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation which provides services to those living with HIV/AIDS at the South Shore and the Romanian Association Against AIDS.

The event sells out and it is strongly suggested that you buy your tickets early. Tickets will go on sale beginning May 20 at the Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce and the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce.

The Riva Grill AIDS Benefit takes place on June 7, 6 to 9 p.m. (silent auction closes at 7:45 p.m.) at Riva Grill on The Lake, U.S. Highway 50 at Ski Run Blvd. Tickets are $20. For information call (530) 544-6959 or e-mail

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