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Ironman foundation gives back to Lake Tahoe

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The Ironman Community Fund will distribute $50,000 in grant funding to initiatives and groups in the greater Lake Tahoe community in conjunction with the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe and 70.3 triathlons taking place Sunday.

The Ironman Foundation’s contribution will provide support to nonprofit needs and initiatives within the local community, and will bring the total donations to $119,600 in the region.

The Ironman Foundation will provide $40,000 in volunteer grants and $10,000 in community grants to nonprofit organizations in the greater Lake Tahoe region through its Community Fund.

Volunteer grants will be distributed among selected organizations with a volunteerism component. The $10,000 of community grant funding was made available through an application process.

One community grant recipient, The Tahoe Fund, will use the funds to support its mission of enhancing the extraordinary natural environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin by restoring and sustaining the lake for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

“We are thrilled to have the support of The Ironman Foundation in our efforts to remove aquatic invasive weeds in front of the Tahoe City Dam and down the Truckee River,” said Tahoe Fund CEO Amy Berry. “With the support of Ironman and other donors, we will be able to restore the area to its original pristine quality for our residents, visitors and racers to enjoy.”

Grant recipients will be recognized at the Ironman Lake Tahoe Welcome Ceremony on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Village at Squaw Valley, KT Deck Area.

“We strive to leave a lasting legacy in IRONMAN race communities by giving back to organizations that make an impact locally through our grant funding process,” said Betsy Langan, Community Relations Manager for The Ironman Foundation. “The Ironman Foundation received applications from a range of outstanding non-profit organizations, and we are thrilled to be able to provide support to several groups that improve the quality of life and make a difference in and around the Lake Tahoe community.”

Since its inception in 2003, The Ironman Foundation has made philanthropic contributions totaling more than $30 million to numerous nonprofit beneficiaries worldwide.

The mission of The Ironman Foundation is: “To leave Ironman’s legacy through philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making; by supporting various athletic, community, education, health, human services and public benefit nonprofit organizations around the world.”

This article was submitted by The Ironman Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.ironman.com and http://www.ironmanfoundation.org.