It’s time for the TASS Benefit Bash |

It’s time for the TASS Benefit Bash

courtesy photoFunds raised at the Benefit Bash will help fund programs at the Tahoe Adaptive Ski School.

The Tahoe Adaptive Ski School, under the umbrella of Disabled Sports USA will be throwing their 12th annual Benefit Bash this Saturday, March 25 at the Kings Beach Conference Center. The event will run from 7 – 11 p.m.

The event raises money for Disabled Sports USA, which supports Tahoe Adaptive Ski School. Funds go to support programs, equipment and scholarships to help people with disabilities get outside and be active.

In addition to a silent auction, balloon raffle, some of California’s top wineries, catered hors d’oeuvres, deserts and microbrews, entertainment will be provided by On Air, a 12-piece horn and vocal band from Sacramento.

According to Mary Roll, event coordinator with Disabled Sports USA, the event has traditionally been a community event, bringing out a lot of the locals, community members, volunteers and athletes associated with the ski school.

“It’s a good way to meet people from the school and participants,” Roll said.

The event usually draws about 400 people, and inspires people to dress up, Roll said, which is always a fun thing in a casual town like Tahoe.

The party goes until 11 p.m., and according to Roll, no one stops dancing until the music does.

“Usually everybody has a really good time,” Roll said.

Tickets to the event are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Reserved tables for 12 are available for $1,200. The balloon raffle is $5 to pop a balloon, and every balloon contains a prize; anything from hats and gloves to snowboards and skis.

The benefit is a 21 and older event.

Tahoe Adaptive Ski School is a division of Disabled Sports USA, a non-profit organization which has been providing adaptive recreational activities for people with disabilities for over 35 years.

Founded on the slopes of Tahoe in 1967 by a group of disabled Vietnam Veterans, Disabled Sports USA has grown into a national non-profit with over 80 chapters across the country.

The Far West division offers high quality sports and recreation opportunities for people of all ages, including snow skiing, water skiing, cycling, golfing and whitewater rafting.

Activities such as these play a vital role in empowering people with disabilities.

Their motto, “If I can do this I can do anything,” transcends into all areas of life as participants transfer the confidence they gain through sports and recreation to other challenges they face in everyday life.

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