$30,000 raised at Kids First Breakfast for North Tahoe Boys and Girls Club | SierraSun.com

$30,000 raised at Kids First Breakfast for North Tahoe Boys and Girls Club

From left, General Manager of The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Joseph Mattioli; Northstar Fire Chief Mark Shadowens; BGCNLT’s Lily McDermott, and community activist Laurie Mattioli serve up scrambled and fried eggs.
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KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Local celebrities and community members came together to support local kids at the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe’s Annual Kids First Breakfast on Saturday, March 19.

Guest were treated to a delicious breakfast made by local celebrities at live action cooking stations as well as various performances and speeches.

“I thought the pancake griddle and sweets stations were so professionally and beautifully done,” said Board Member Courtney Taves. “Who knew our local celebs had such cooking talents?”

“My panini prep skills being what they are, I was lucky to be paired with workflow wizard Terry Yagura and grill master Ken Yagura,” said celebrity chef, John Bergmann. “The paninis were delish and I had fun dishing them out. It’s always a great crowd at the BGCNLT Breakfast.”

Honored as the Club’s Partner of the Year at the event was the Tahoe Truckee Airport which supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at the Club.

“The Truckee Tahoe Airport District is honored to receive the Partner of the Year Award,” said Kevin Smith, General Manager of the Truckee Tahoe Airport District. “We greatly value our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club because of the opportunities it grants to local kids. The Club is the perfect partner to get kids interested and enthusiastic about aviation and science.”

Kids from Great Futures Productions, the Club’s musical theater company, shared selections from their upcoming presentation of “The Wizard of Oz,” which will be performed on April 1-2 at the Boys and Girls Club at 8125 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach.

The cowardly lion gave a tremendous performance of “If I Were King of the Forest,” followed by an enthusiastic performance of “The Jitterbug,” also from the show.

Another highlight of the event came when Mindy Carbajal, Chief Executive Officer of BGCNLT, and board member Lorelei Van Peborgh gave a compelling song and dance routine that encouraged attendees to open their hearts and pocketbooks.

Their efforts proved successful as the breakfast raised over $30,000 for Club programs like the Power Hour study club, field trips, musical theater, sports leagues, Chop Shop cooking classes and art education.

“We are fortunate to live in a community that truly puts kids first,” Carbajal said. “I continue to be touched and overwhelmed by the generosity of our community members, both those who donated their time as celebrity chefs and those who donated money to help kids.”

Tickets are on sale for the Wizard of Oz at the Boys and Girls Club, or by calling 530-546-4324. Performances will be Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 2, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids.

This article was provided by the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. Visit bgcnlt.org to learn more.

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