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Hopkins family donates $25,000 to schools

Staff reports

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation received a generous gift last week from a man who’s family roots extend back to Truckee’s ice harvesting days.

Sam Hopkins, grandson of E.W. Hopkins – founder of the area’s Union Ice Company, gave each group a check for $25,000 to show his family’s continued support for the community.

TTUSD will funnel the money into the district’s new middle school, which is being built on land once owned by the Hopkins family.

“With this additional donation of $25,000 the new school facility will be enhanced,” said TTUSD Superintendent Pat Gemma. “Students and families in Truckee will benefit from Mr. Hopkins’ endowment for many generations to come.”

“I think Mr. Hopkins is a wise, wise man,” said Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation President Lisa Dobey. “Here is a man who is stepping out of a Truckee-based business, yet his gift to the community will help insure the vibrancy of Truckee for the future – investing in the education of our youth and building an endowment that benefits the region in perpetuity.”

Pictured from left to right: Patricia Gibbons-Johnson (TTUSD board), Lisa Dobey (President Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation), Roger Kahn (Chairman of the Board of Directors – Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation), Brian Mullins (VP of Union Bank of California and manager of Hopkins’ family interests in Truckee), Pat Gemma (TTUSD Superintendent), Mel Cone (TTUSD Board President) and Marlys Zusy (Measure C Committee).