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EpicPromise lends a helping hand for local community issues

Kelsie Longerbeam
klongerbeam@sierrasun.com

An EpicPromise event at Heavenly Resorts this past summer.

Vail Resorts has aided critical community issues in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, in partnership with 40 other groups through their program EpicPromise.

For this year's EpicPromise program, Vail Resorts wanted to make sure its contributions focused on the community's most needy issues. To do this, resort leadership teams asked community partners opinion on what they thought to be the most important issues of Lake Tahoe.

"Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood take their role in our mountain communities seriously and we are thrilled to be able to have such strong relationships with our community partners through EpicPromise," said Mike Goar, vice president and COO at Heavenly Mountain Resort. "We work closely with our community teams to ensure our contributions are relevant and that we are at the table as we work together to address the challenging issues we share."

Through the EpicPromise, Truckee and North Lake Tahoe were awarded grants to aid Adventure Risk Challenge, Aim High for High School, Arts for the Schools, the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, Girls on the Run and SOS Outreach. These programs all focus on after-school and life skills programming for youth.

By partnering with the Truckee River Watershed Council on their mission and River Day event, grants will help bring the Truckee community together to restore, protect and enhance Truckee River.

Support from Project MANA, Truckee Community Christmas and the Tahoe Food Hub provides nutrition to Truckee and North Lake Tahoe families year-round, addressing issues of hunger and basic needs.

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Lift tickets were granted to each school in Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and Washoe County School District. Support for the Sagehen Outdoor Education Program and the SWEP Program help to promote sustainability.

The Best of Tahoe Resorts — Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood, granted cash and product donations to 92 nonprofits from South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Jackson, Stateline, Minden, Gardnerville and Carson City as well as organizations from Truckee, Tahoe City, King's Beach and Incline Village.

The EpicPromise grant announcements were made at community events held at Zalanta in South Lake Tahoe and the Alpine Club in the Village at Northstar in mid-December.

New to EpicPromise this year, the Best of Tahoe Resort employees were given a voice and asked to vote on the EpicPromise Kids Award for a nonprofit that was committed to making a tangible impact for kids, of all demographics in the community, in a way that meets critical needs. These $2,500 awards were given to the Tahoe Youth and Family Services in South Lake Tahoe and Arts for the Schools in Tahoe-Truckee.

For more information on EpicPromise, please visit: http://www.epicpromise.com.

Kelsie Longerbeam is the news, business and environment reporter for the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. She can be contacted at klongerbeam@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram @kelsielongerbm.