North Tahoe honors its own with awards
More than 200 Truckee-North Tahoe residents toasted with wine and cheered aloud for fellow community members at the 53rd Annual Community Awards Dinner Thursday.
In its 53rd year, the event hosted by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce provides the opportunity to recognize the region’s top volunteers, employees and businesses.
“It’s nice to just recognize [people] for a lot of hard work and volunteer time that people put in,” said Melody Rebbeck, who was presented with the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award. “This is a very philanthropic community.”
Rebbeck was awarded for her involvement with a number of organizations across the North Shore and Truckee including the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Queen of Hearts and the North Tahoe Conference Center, among others.
“I’m still in shock,” Rebbeck said. “There are big-, big-name people who have won it.”
“Partners in business and partners in life” Ed Miller and Lolly Kupec were given the Distinguished Community Service Award for their work with the Tahoe City Downtown Association, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District, the Tahoe City beautification committee, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Tahoe Women’s Services, Placer County Tahoe City Design Review Board and more.
“We’re madly in love with North Lake Tahoe and our home on the West Shore,” Miller said. “Thank you very much for honoring us.”
West Shore Sports’ Rob Weston was presented with the Small Business of the Year award, and Sugar Bowl Ski Resort received the Large Business of the Year award.
The Organizational Leadership Award went to Squaw Valley Public Service District General Manager Rick Lierman for bringing professionalism, vision and a steady hand to the community, said North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Executive Director Steve Teshara, who co-emceed the event.
Ruth Schnabel, of Festivals at Tahoe, took home the Business Arts Supporter of the Year, and Douglas and Kathleen Dale of Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique accepted the Hospitality Award.
“We’re honored to receive [the award],” Douglas said. “We’ve always made a commitment to helping out the community where we saw a need and trying to fill it with direct donations, gift certificates, fundraisers ” whatever we could do as a local restaurant to be a catalyst around here.”
A number of other North Lake Tahoe employees and volunteers were also recognized, each with a plaque for hard work and devotion, by respective companies.
“We look forward to hosting the Community Awards Dinner every year,” Teshara said in a release, “when the region comes together to bestow accolades on those making a difference in our community. It’s one of our favorite events of the year.”
The ceremony was dedicated to Squaw Valley founder Alex Cushing, who passed away last year, and Norma Schwartz, a long-time North Tahoe Public Utility District Director, who recently moved from the area.
“We probably would not be here if it was not for Alex Cushing,” said Teshara.
The awards presentation was held this year at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn.