BBBS of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe hold ‘Friendraising’ event

Special to the Sun
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — This May 30, 2013, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe hosted a unique “Friendraising” event inside the Truckee Tahoe Airport’s new administration building.

Nicknamed “The Sky’s the Limit” Friendraiser, the event brought together local and regional artists, winemakers, chefs and pilots, along with invited members of the local community, to showcase the mission of this important local youth mentoring agency. A special appearance from local musicians Ben Martin and Emily Tessmer of the Lake Tahoe School of Music made the evening very special.

Guests were able to enjoy appetizers while sampling great wines and browsing through the Truckee Tahoe Airport’s new administration building, which was decorated with paintings and photography by local artists. Local pilots and aircraft owners were also on hand offering tours of their private aircraft and even the chance to take scenic tours of the region.

As the only local nonprofit agency in the region supporting one-on-one mentoring relationships for at-risk youth in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe communities, Big Brothers Big Sisters plays a vital role in ensuring all of the region’s children have access to the things that make this community such a desirable place to live.

Board of Directors Paul Raymore and Hardy Bullock were on hand to discuss their personal commitment to the program and the reward they each have received as a result of their involvement. Peggy Martin, the Truckee North Tahoe manager, was also present at the event and discussing the program with all who attended. A special point in the evening was the presentation by a fourth-grade young man who is currently matched with a local mentor. The youth described the way his life has changed, the books he now reads, and the community he experiences as his confidence grows through his relationship with his Big Brother.

Community members who have not yet seen the new Truckee Tahoe Airport terminal will be blown away to discover this beautiful new community resource. Completed in April 2012, the new terminal building incorporates floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the airport’s runways and the Martis Valley, as well as a number of innovative green-building design details.

For more information contact Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Martin at 530-587-7717 or

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