Family pledges $75K to Tahoe-Truckee foundation |

Family pledges $75K to Tahoe-Truckee foundation

“Think big.”

That’s the credo by which Truckee-Tahoe Lumber President Breeze Cross lives.

Both Breeze and his wife, Ruth, principal owners of Truckee-Tahoe Lumber, decided to take advantage of the opportunity to become founding members of the Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundation.

By doing so, they generously pledged way beyond the qualifying amount of $25,000.

“Ruth and I have made a pledge of $75,000 to be donated over the next five years because we feel it’s very important for our family and our business to be a part of the foundation. Every dollar we put into the foundation will provide for the community in perpetuity,” Breeze says.

“For my entire life, my family business has always tried to give back to the community through effort and contributions,” he adds.

Cross’s main focus is the operating endowment which allows the foundation to thrive without taking money away from specific grants needs.

“This relieves pressure from the fundraising committee and allows the foundation to continue to operate with less stress.”

Interest earned on the endowment is used for giving grants which will total about $100,000 for next year’s allocations.

Currently, the permanent endowment is nearly $3 million. Donations to the foundation are matched dollar for dollar, thanks to a pledge by founding donor William Hewlett.

“So often as business owners, we are being called to give money for current needs. These gifts are recognized and are appreciated by the community; however, it’s just a point in time. There’s a constant demand for here today, forgotten tomorrow. Through the creation of an endowment, we and other businesses, and private citizens, can make a lasting contribution to the community that will be forever recognized and will go on beyond our lifetime.”

Close to a dozen local ski areas are also offering their show of support by launching a Community Ski Pass Program which will contribute significantly to the Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundation’s operating fund and increase its ability to support local groups and organizations in the fields of arts and culture, human services, environment, recreation and youth development.

The Community Ski Pass Program will be the cornerstone of TTCF’s fundraising efforts.

Passes cost $299, are fully transferable, and provide for two midweek ski days at Alpine Meadows, Boreal Mountain Playground, Donner Ski Ranch, Granlibakken, Homewood Mountain Resort, North Tahoe Regional Park, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Royal Gorge (one day only), Squaw Valley USA, Sugar Bowl and Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area.

The pass provides the opportunity to sample the variety of terrain our community offers while supporting the TTCF’s work to improve the quality of life for residents and guests of the North Tahoe/Truckee area.

Other benefits include merchant offers from ski shops in the area.

A limited number of passes are available at Porter’s Ski and Sport or by contacting the TTCF office at 587-1776.

The ski pass program was conceived by Roger Kahn of Porter’s Ski and Sports, and Rob Kautz, General Manager of Sugar Bowl Ski Area.

“We were looking for a method to fund the annual operating expenses of the foundation rather than using proceeds from investments,” says Rob Kautz.

“Our goal is to raise about $90,000 this year. It’s a great way for ski areas to support the community foundation. The history of ski areas is to be very supportive of community programs. We want to be active supporters and this is a great way for us to help fund the expense side of the foundation.”

Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Sugar Bowl have committed $25,000 toward the founders endowment program.

Kautz believes they will all give “substantially more” during the next few years.

“Ski areas from Royal Gorge, to Donner Ski Ranch, to Sugar Bowl are willing supporters of the ski pass program,” says Kautz.

“We are major businesses in this community and we hope our examples will get other businesses to participate and support the foundation.”

For more information about the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation or to make donations, contact Lisa Dobey, President, at 587-1776 or Linda Brown, Grants Committee, at 562-0510.

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