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High Fives honors athletes, donors with community awards

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High Fives Foundation Executive Director Roy Tuscany hams it up during the awards ceremony.
Courtesy High Fives Foundation |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — On April 29, the High Fives Foundation hosted a sophisticated gathering in Reno full of silver ties and inspiring stories.

More than 200 guests were treated to a multifaceted dining experience including music, impactful films and culinary greatness from local chef Mark Estee at his restaurant, Reno Provisions.

The event took place on the ninth anniversary of the injury sustained by High Fives Foundation Executive Director Roy Tuscany that catalyzed the creation of the organization.

The first film, “Place to Go,” featured High Fives Athlete Jim Harris. It chronicles his career as a successful photographer that was put on hold by a spinal cord injury he suffered in South America.

Now Harris is fighting his way to relearn to walk at the world renown spinal center at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo. Harris spoke after the film to personally introduce himself to the crowd, thanking them for their generosity that supports him and other High Fives Athletes throughout their recovery process.

The second film of the evening was the “Jocelyn Judd Story.” Jocelyn Judd is another High Fives Athlete who is making a tremendous recovery thanks directly to the board-approved grants she’s received from the Foundation.

Just a little over a year from her spinal cord injury, Judd walks on her own and has returned to all of the mountain sports she loves. She spoke after her film to a very supportive crowd, some of them in tears.

The High Fives Foundation announced its annual Community Awards to five individuals recognizing their achievements as positive leaders within our community.

This year’s Community Awards were designated to celebrate the Past, Present and Future of the organization. The following recipients were honored:

High Fives Athlete: Jocelyn Judd

High Fives Athlete: Jim Harris

High Fives Foundation Board Member: Dana Greenwood

High Fives Foundation Board Member: Stefan Humphries

High Fives Foundation Board Member: Ryan Williams

A last award was presented as a surprise to Steve Wallace, a Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional tenure with the Foundation. In 2009, Wallace was the first High Fives Athlete ever to receive grant funding toward his recovery from a life-altering injury he incurred while skiing.

After his recovery, Steve chose to work for the foundation as the coordinator for the CR Johnson Healing Center. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes his empathy and expertise when consulting current and prospective High Fives Athletes throughout their recoveries.

His hard work has helped facilitate 78 other athletes who have been awarded board-approved grants from the High Fives Foundation.

This article was submitted by the High Fives Foundation. Visit highfivesfoundation.org for information.