Sierra 4×4 Trails and Ales event raises money for nonprofit |

Sierra 4×4 Trails and Ales event raises money for nonprofit

The first-ver Trails and Ales event raised $2,165 for the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund.
Courtesy Tahoe Donner |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Donner recently teamed with the Tahoe Donner 4 Wheelers Club to create the Sierra 4×4 Trails and Ales event, an inaugural fundraiser that took place July 18.

The event included kids’ games, a shine-and-show contest, a raffle, a bounce house, cornhole, beer tasting, barbecue and a trail ride the following day.

Proceeds benefited the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, a nonprofit program designed to make charitable contributions to benefit the greater Truckee/North Tahoe region in several areas of interest, including health and human services, environment, conservation and animal welfare, education and youth development, and arts and culture.

In all, $2,165 was raised.

“Words cannot express how appreciative we are to both the Tahoe Donner 4 Wheelers Club and staff at Tahoe Donner,” said Merle Fajans, co-chair of the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund. “The money raised … exceeded expectations and will help support our local community. We are beyond thankful for their generosity and to all the individuals who came out to support us and the event.”

Approximately 300 people were in attendance, 60 of whom entered their vehicle into the shine-and-show contest, in addition to 28 people who participated in the trail ride the following day.

Of the 60 vehicles in the running, the following were winners in their respective categories:

Cleanest: Don Gerbi – Truckee, Calif.

Dirtiest: Karl Huie – Tiburon, Calif.

Most Rugged Tires: Erika Scyphers – Sparks, Nev.

Best Rims: Matt Smith – Gardnerville, Nev.

Most Trail Ready: Pat Sullivan – Washoe Valley, Nev.

Best Stock: Todd Freitas – Truckee, Calif.

Best Classic: John Briggs – Kings Beach, Calif.

People’s Choice (two winners): Russ Liedholm – Truckee, Calif.; and Maddox Colombo (3 years old) – Sacramento, Calif.

“This event was successful because of all the hard work of the club members and Tahoe Donner employees who devoted so much time and effort in helping to plan and organize the event,” said Bill Ratcliff, 4 Wheelers Club president, who who added his club saw an increase of 20 new club members as a result of the event.

Sierra 4×4 Trails and Ales was such a success, the team at Tahoe Donner and the 4 Wheelers Club plan to host the event again next summer.

This article was submitted by Tahoe Donner. Visit to learn more.

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