TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Squaw Valley’s LUNAFest Film, Food and Wine, the annual signature fundraiser for Girls on the Run — Sierras, raised $20,000, with 250 men and women attending the sold-out event at the Olympic Village Lodge. The reception included local cuisine, regional wine and beer, live music from Angele and the Wildwood Band, and more than 100 silent auction items donated from local businesses.
Attendees were greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne by Board Chair Karen Wirth. Guests included Anne and George Birdsong, Jennifer Bossin and Brian Bleuher, Sue and Troy Caldwell, Serita and Reid Cox, Sandy Evans Hall, Carey and Jim Hood, Vicki Kahn, Haakon and Jen Lang-Ree, Leisa Petersen, Tamara McKinney, Diane Morrison, Eric and Nannette Poulsen, and Kelli and Steve Twomney.
Squaw Valley CEO, Andy Wirth, welcomed the attendees and introduced the Executive Director of Girls on the Run- Sierras. Danielle Rees opened the volunteer awards by presenting Squaw Valley with the 2011 Partner of the Year award. The 2012 volunteer award recipients included Coach of the Year, Sara Holm; Volunteer of the Year, Cory Ritchie; and Partner of the Year, Silver Sage Sports Performance. More than a dozen volunteer coaches were recognized for being positive adult role models for girls in the community.
Attendees viewed nine award-winning short films — all directed by female film makers. Film favorites included “Flawed,” Andrea Dorfman’s journey to self-acceptance through the exchange of hand-painted postcards to her long-distance boyfriend. The audience cheered for Kiri, an overweight Maori woman who stands up for herself in “Whakatiki — A Spirit Rising” by Louise Leitch.
The event raised $19,000 for Girls on the Run – Sierras and approximately $1,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund.
About Girls on the Run — Sierras
Girls on the Run is a youth development program that instills self-esteem in girls through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training. The afterschool program meets twice a week for ten weeks and culminates in a celebratory, non-competitive 5K fun run. Since the first season in 2007, Girls on the Run — Sierras (GOTR-S) has educated and empowered 850 girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. To volunteer or learn more about the program, visit www.girlsontherunsierras.org or call 530-567-2144.