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Film, food, wine fest to benefit Girls on the Run, Breast Cancer Fund

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — The sixth annual LUNAFest Film, Food and Wine Festival returns to Squaw Valley Saturday, March 7.

LUNAFest is the signature fundraiser for Girls on the Run-Sierras, a local youth development program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Last year's event raised more than $25,000, and 100 percent of event proceeds go toward local programming for Girls on the Run-Sierras and the Breast Cancer Fund.

This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through eight short documentary films by women filmmakers. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFest is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling — by, for and about women.

LUNAFest was established in 2000 by LUNA, makers of the whole nutrition bar for women, to simultaneously promote women filmmakers, raise awareness for women's issues and support nonprofit organizations.

LUNAFest will feature wine from Cade, Plumpjack Winery, Syncopation, and Clif Family Winery as well as local microbrews from FiftyFifty Brewery and the Brewing Lair. Participating restaurants include the Auld Dubliner, Fireside Pizza, Men Wielding Fire, Soupa, Squaw Valley Catering, and Tahoe House.

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The event will be at the Squaw Valley Conference Center at 1901 Chamonix Place in Olympic Valley. Doors open at 6 p.m., and films start at 8 p.m.

Advance tickets are available for $40 at the Girls on the Run- Sierras website at girlsontherunsierras.org/get-involved/lunafest, and a limited number of event day of tickets will be available at the door for $50.

Tickets include the film screening, beer and wine tastings, food sampling, live music provided by the Angele and Wildwood Band, and silent auction.