Economic meltdown rallies locals |

Economic meltdown rallies locals

From left: Gary Davis, Bob McClintock and Jimalu Davis-forgot about the economic woes during-the Rotary's auction event.

Despite a week of financial doom and gloom and an historic economic meltdown in the midst of our country, our local community rallied together last Saturday night at the Resort at Squaw Creek to raise more than $40,000 for the club’s main fundraiser. A large portion of the money raised will be donated to the event’s signature non-profit recipient, the Boys and Girls Club of Tahoe, with the remainder being doled out to several other worthy local causes and non-profits. Approximately 225 guests generously bid on both live auction items (auctioneer/attorney Jim Simon, as usual, successfully worked the crowd) as well as a humongous 300-item silent auction.

The resort’s staff passed hors d’oeuvres before serving up a delicious dinner of grilled salmon with a beurre blanc sauce, wild rice and mixed vegetables, followed by “Death by Chocolate” for dessert, as the North Tahoe Jazz Band, under the direction of Dean Nordby, entertained the crowd. There’s something to be said about a tight-knit small community…

Some of those big spenders at Tahoe City’s Rotary’s auction included Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, Nancy Cunningham and Wes Schimmelpfennig, Brady and Bob McClintock, Jenny and Dave Antonucci, Pam and Dale Chamblin, Jan Colyer, Dody and Bob Scoville, Syd and Marge Bartlett, Sheri and Bruce Pohle, Leah and Gary Kaufman, Nancy and Jim Cline, Jimalu and Gary Davis, Sandra Carter and Todd Mather, Shirley and Tahoe City Rotary president Don Hale, Bertica and Rotary vice president Jerry Pearlman, Patsy and Larry Sevison, Kathy and Steve Swigard, Mary Ellen and Keith Vogt, Kimball and Craig Iverson, Nileta and Dick Morton, Pammie Wiss and Randy Pomin, Gracie and Don Sarmento, Meredith Rosenberg, Michele and Ken Wittels, Ellen and Hugh McBride, Linda and Mark Moore, Karen and Mark Linkey, Ron and Lauren Parson, and Valerie Forte.


It takes a village: Mark your calendar for the In the Mood ” Friends of Fro benefit Sunday, Oct. 16 at Alpine Meadows. The community has organized an incredible event to raise money for longtime local literary icon Robert “Fro” Frohlich’s medical expenses after major cancer surgery and his ensuing chemotherapy. There will be a multi-media presentation with photography from Hand de Vre and Keoki Flag, live music featuring the all star Tahoe Revue of the Blues Monster, Fearless Chicken, Public Eye, Darin Talbot and others, a killer silent auction, delicious food from local restaurants like Wolfdale’s, Christy Hill, Grahams, River Ranch, River Grill, and Granlibakken and lots of good will. You can pick up advance tickets at all Porter’s Sports and Dave’s outlets and Alice’s market in Squaw Valley.

Also coming up this fall: Don’t miss Squaw Valley Institute’s “A Toast To Tahoe’s Skiing,” a swanky evening at the Resort at Squaw Creek featuring legendary ski and snowboard filmmaker Warren Miller who will put on his auctioneering hat to raise big bucks for the institute. Local ski areas will host “theme” food buffets, and a fashion show will feature ski and snowboard celebrities including: Tamara McKinney, World Championship Gold Medalist, Alpine Skiing, Eric DesLauriers, World Class All Mountain Free Skier, Shannon Bahrke, Olympic Silver Medalist, Freestyle Skiing, Robb Gaffney, author of “Squallywood,” Cody Townsend, X-Games Skier, Elyse Saugstad, Winner Women’s Title, Freeskiing Open, Kristin Krone, Olympian and former member of U.S. Alpine Ski Team, and a host of other “local celebrities”. Order tickets at or 581-4138.

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