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Annual hospice benefit to be held Saturday, Oct. 20

Mark your calendar for the Seventh Annual Hospice Benefit to be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at The North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings Beach. The evening will include a gourmet meal, silent auction and guest speaker Eric Alexander, an adventurer, world-class skier, climber, and mountaineer who was part of the team that guided Erik Weihenmayer, a blind climber, to summit Mt. Everest in 2001. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Tahoe Forest Hospice Services. Alexander, an avid outdoor enthusiast and mountaineer, tells the inspiring story of how he and his teammates defied the odds and successfully led their fellow climber Erik Weihenmayer to the top of Mt. Everests 29,035 summit. Alexander works to achieve his goals while playing an instrumental role in helping others to achieve their own. In 2002, Alexander and Weihenmayer traveled to Russia and climbed Mt. Elbrus at 18,500 ft, and Mt. Kosciusko, Australia two more of the seven summits (the highest points on each of the seven continents). The pair skied from the top of both of those peaks making the first-ever blind ski descents. Eric Alexanders latest feat was reaching the South American summit of Aconcagua via the Polish Glacier with a close friend who, just two years earlier, had broken his neck. Alexander shares his inspirational stories with audiences all over the country. He likes to share his recipe for success by speaking of the fundamentals of teamwork, trust, courage, faith, and integrity. Today, Eric continues to climb and look for new challenges both personally and in the outdoors, while challenging people to overcome the Everests in their own lives and redefining the limits of what we can achieve. This is a wonderful opportunity for business leaders in the community to support the Tahoe Forest Hospice program by purchasing corporate tables and inviting their key staff members to attend this inspirational presentation. The focus of Alexanders speech teamwork, integrity and achieving goals, can certainly be applied to core business values and is a chance to encourage personnel to strive to do their best in the workplace and in their personal lives as well. To help support the Tahoe Forest Hospice Services fundraiser, raffle tickets are available for purchase by calling 582-3534, items include: 5-night stay in Vancouver Island in a 2 bedroom condo, valued at $1,500 5-night stay in a Kauai (Poipu) 2 bedroom condo 7-night stay in Cabo San Lucas, 1 bedroom condo, valued at $650 4 rounds of golf, Grizzly Ranch, valued at $500 4 rounds of golf, Winchester Ranch, valued at $500 Special thanks to Hospice Benefit sponsors including: Ruth and Breeze Cross, Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company; Matt and Kathy Gelso; and Law Offices of Michael Graham all Silver Sponsors; Sara & Bill Goerke; Florians Fine Wines and Specialty Foods, and Amador Cellars are Bronze Sponsors. The Annual Hospice Benefit is presented by the Friends of Hospice, a volunteer organization supporting Tahoe Forest Hospice Services. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Tahoe Forest Hospice Services. The Hospice program provides comprehensive end-of-life care to patients and families faced with a terminal diagnosis and serves Truckee, North Lake Tahoe, Floriston, Verdi, Reno and the Sierra Valley. For more information or to receive an invitation to the event, call 550-2300.