Incline residents win Gene Upshaw Memoral Fund Super bowl prize |

Incline residents win Gene Upshaw Memoral Fund Super bowl prize

Megan and Gary Kasden of Incline Village were the winners of the 2013 Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund Super Bowl raffle.
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Sometimes surprises come at the right time. Megan Kasden spoke through tears last week when she answered the phone and found out she had won the Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund Super Bowl raffle.

The prize is an all-expense paid trip for two to Super Bowl XLVIII at the Met Life Stadium. The raffle raised $30,000 for traumatic brain injury research and programs and services for cancer patients and families at the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.

It’s the same center where Kasden’s husband, Gary, had just completed a long series of chemotherapy treatments.

“Gary and I are both over the moon about winning the raffle,” Megan Kasden, a resident of Incline Village, said in a thank you note to the organization. “We never win anything, so to break the spell with such a wonderful prize and for such a deserving charity is just perfect. I think that this, combined with Gary’s successful chemo sessions for his CLL, mark the beginning of a great new year for us.”

The prize, generously donated by the NFL, supports the Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund administered by the Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. The drawing was held Dec. 2 at Bar of America in Truckee. The general manager of the restaurant drew the lucky ticket. 

Kasden and her husband will receive roundtrip coach airfare to New York, hotel accommodations for four nights, two tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII, and two tickets to the NFL Experience and the Madden Bowl.

The raffle’s second prize winner, Kris Richards, will receive a custom Xbox 360 from the 2013 Madden Bowl and an assortment of 13 games from EA Sports. Third prize winner, Steve Schutt, will receive a GoPro video camera.

The Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund is inviting individuals, businesses and corporations with family or friends who’ve been affected by cancer or mild traumatic brain injury to support the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center and the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research.

The fund benefits cancer research, programs and care for cancer patients and their families, the advancement of medical technology, and research into mild traumatic brain injury. The Gene Upshaw Memorial Fund has raised nearly $670,000 since 2009.

Learn more about the fund at Learn more about the cancer center at

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