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Tahoe high school crab feed sets record, raises more than $200K

Mary Dehaney
Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A sold-out and lively crowd at the 33rd Annual Crab Feed at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom on Jan. 31 came together in a dramatic show of community support for Incline High School.

By the time the paddles stopped waving and the bids were counted, the school had raised more than $200,000, easily the highest total in the history of the event.

The evening culminated in an emotional live Fund-a-Need auction that raised more than $125,000. That money will provide new replacement computers and at least three mobile carts for student use and will launch the first phase in a new technology initiative being created at Incline High School.

The donations were more than double the goal of the evening of $60,000. More than 80 bids, both large and small, were pledged by individual and local business donors.

"It was truly inspiring to see such an overwhelming show of support for education in this community," said Alison Pretti, an Incline High parent. "I was especially impressed to see donors at all different levels giving what they could to support the kids."

IHS basketball coach Tim "TK" Kelley revved up the crowd while school seniors, led by Cole Steinberg and Tommy Thompson, pumped up the audience with a flashmob dance routine.

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There were over 90 items in the silent auction and wonderful items in the live auction. Local and distant merchants donated everything from weekend getaways to sporting events, wine, and dinners. The crowd then celebrated by dancing late into the night.

But, the big winners will be the students and teachers who will now be able to research, communicate, and learn more effectively.

"With the lingering budget shortfalls, we've been struggling to get by with only 16 old, outdated laptop computers for 311 students," said Leslie Hermann, IHS Principal. "This will now jumpstart our vision to make Incline High School a technology hub where our kids can learn the skills they need to compete in the 21st century."

Further, the first round of 90 computers and three carts have been purchased and should arrive at the school in early April.

If you would like to contribute to the technology initiative, donations are still being accepted. Contact Mary Danahey at marydanahey@gmail.com or call the high school at

775-832-4260.

Checks can be made out to Incline High School Boosters. Credit cards are accepted as well.