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Tibbetts donates art to Heavenly auction

Provided to the TribuneBill Killebrew, left, holds the segmented lathe woodturning titled "Midnight Snow" that he acquired for a bid of $50,000. The original piece of art was created by Malcom Tibbetts, right, who donated it to the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation's Winter Welcome auction.

Two longtime supporters of the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation teamed up Dec. 6 at the foundation’s 15th annual Winter Welcome fund-raiser at Harrah’s to ensure the continuing success of this youth oriented snow sports program.

Local wood artist Malcolm Tibbetts donated one of his original segmented lathe woodturnings titled “Midnight Snow” to the event’s life auction. The piece was inspired by events that occurred more than 25 years ago. As Tibbetts explained, “In August of 1977, Heavenly and our community lost some very good people in a tragic airplane crash near Echo Summit. Included in that group was Heavenly Ski Resort’s leader Hugh Killebrew.”

As the ski season approached that same Hear, Heavenly Resort was struggling financially after experiencing two of the driest, back-to-back drought years in history. The resort was in desperate need of some “big” help from Mother Nature. Just before Thanksgiving a huge “miracle” storm hit the Lake Tahoe area, dumping large amounts of snow and helping to save the struggling resort. Many of the resort’s employees felt the storm was the result of divine intervention by those former employees and friends of Heavenly lost in that tragic August airplane crash.

The woodturning created by Tibbetts displays white snowflakes on a background of 1,977 individual pieces of black ebony wood. Bill Killebrew was determined to win this very special piece of artwork and finally ended the bidding with a very generous offer of $50,000.

The Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides coaching and competition guidance for youths are 5 to 18 in the winter sports disciples of Alpine ski racing, freestyle skiing and snowboarding. As a nonprofit organization with a membership of more than 160 youths, it depends primarily on fund-raising and the generosity of the local community to support these beneficial youth oriented programs. The foundation appreciates all the contributions and support it received for this year’s Winter Welcome from Lake Tahoe’s business community, Heavenly Ski Resort and all the friends and families who continue to believe in the athletic development of the youth.

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