Follies doles out funding |

Follies doles out funding

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun"The gay laborers" perform at Truckee Follies last week.

Costumes are being tucked away, targeted townspeople are brushing off the ridicule and audience members are still chuckling over this year’s 17th quasi-annual Truckee Follies.

Over 100 volunteers contributed to the production of this year’s “Round-about Truckee”-themed event, which raised an estimated $40,000 to benefit beautification projects in downtown Truckee and to provide $1,000 scholarships to four Tahoe Truckee High School students.

“I was shocked and very excited. This will help me out a lot,” said Truckee High senior Shawn Conway of receiving the scholarship. “My family is in a difficult position right now because my dad just retired … so financial aid has been hard to get and everything helps.”

Seventeen students applied for a scholarship, and a committee of downtown merchants selected contenders based on college majors, grade point averages and outstanding contributions to the community. Other recipients include Brittney White, Megan Colin and Andrea Duner, said Jerry Wood, owner of the White Buffalo and scholarship committee member.

“All the kids that applied were deserving, and if we had 17 scholarships to give away, we would,” Wood said.

At the last politically incorrect performance in 2006, Conway’s sister walked away with a $1,000 scholarship, and Conway said he was proud to follow in her footsteps.

“It’s cool that they managed to support the two kids in my family,” Conway said.

“They’ve done a great service to both of us.”

Next fall Conway will attend San Francisco State University, but said he hopes to transfer to Berkeley College of Music in the spring to pursue a career in music composition.

Conway cites his dedication to the Truckee High music program, his volunteer efforts with the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and contributions to the Truckee Optimist’s annual Christmas tree sales as reasons for being selected.

The remaining proceeds will go toward the beautification of downtown Truckee from Christmas decorations to spring foliage, and some proceeds may even benefit the new pocket park on the northeast corner of Jibboom and Bridge streets, said Follies Producer Cliff Hartwell.

“We heard nothing but great reviews,” Hartwell said of this year’s nearly sold out satire. “The cast, crew and audience were thrilled.”

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