Community turns out for benefit |

Community turns out for benefit

Sunday’s benefit picnic and festivities at the Truckee River Regional Park, hosted by the Friends of the Sorrentino Family, turned out to be a huge success.

Approximately 500 children and community members came out to enjoy the day.

The event, which featured live music, dancing, food, games and prizes; raised more than $20,000 to help offset the Sorrentino’s medical bills due to the hospitalization and death of their son, Gabe.

Gabe, who was seriously injured in a tragic car accident, died on May 30, after being hospitalized nearly a week.

He was 10 years old and a sixth-grader at Sierra Mountain Middle School.

The festivities ran all afternoon into the early evening.

Highlights included a number of kids’ games, such as “Wish-A-Fish,” “Timber” and kick ball.

Live music by “1888,” “The Bystanders,” “The New Indifferents” and “Larry Yates and the Blues Monsters” was performed throughout the day.

Swing dancing with Rob and Jeannie McCarthy was a hit, and the special dance floor set-up made for some serious grooving.

“It was a smashing success,” said Jeannine Karnofski, an event organizer.

“It showed the heart of Truckee. It makes you proud to be part of the community.”

Food was provided by the Tito Martinez Foundation and other benefactors.


Raffle prizes awarded included a week’s stay for four at John Newcomb’s tennis complex in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; a new snowplow, a trip to Idaho, golf passes, ski passes, gift certificates and cash prizes.

Prizes were made possible by from donations by local businesses.

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