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Chocolate, Wine & Roses to be a zero-waste event

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Tahoe Women’s Services (TWS) and Project MANA are excited to announce this year’s Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival will be a zero-waste event, thanks to an important collaboration with the Lake Tahoe “Zero-Waste Project.”The “Zero-Waste Project” reduces solid waste sent to the landfill from special events hosted in the North Lake Tahoe area. TWS and Project MANA recognize the importance of the “Zero-Waste Project” and think it is a crucial piece of the puzzle when putting together a large-scale event that has the potential to generate a great deal of waste. Last year’s Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival was the inaugural year for the collaboration of TWS and Project MANA. Adding another agency, especially one that can help to make a green event, can only help the success of the fundraiser. “Waste-Not is delighted that the Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival has committed to move toward ‘zero waste’ this year. Collaborating with the event organizers to reduce the environmental impact of such a large event is a success story for everyone involved. Based on our track record at other zero waste events, there is the potential to reduce the waste heading to the landfill from this event by 85 percent or more!” Madonna Dunbar from Waste-Not said. “Switching from traditional methods of trash collection takes planning and is hard work, but the diversion results are dramatic. Zero waste events also provides an excellent public education opportunity to the attendees; people get really excited about party waste becoming compost instead of heading to the landfill.”Originally launched via a Parasol Foundation grant, Waste Not’s Zero Waste Events Program started at Incline Village, Nev. in 2007. The Zero Waste Events Program provides community waste reduction services at local events. To conduct a Zero Waste Event, event planners commit to recycle all materials that can be recycled, and to collect leftover food and serviceware as compost. They agree to purchase only bio-degradable and compostable food service products such as cups made from corn oil, and cutlery made from potato starch for use at the event. Materials such as Styrofoam plates and cups are not allowed.The 22nd Annual Chocolate, Wine & Roses will be held 7-10 p.m. at the Chateau at Incline Village, Nev. Nov. 6. TWS and Project MANA are excited to announce this year’s Vintage Hollywood theme. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.tahowomenservices.org or call 775-298-0010. This annual event raises money for programs that help combat hunger and violence in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities. About Tahoe Women’s ServicesTahoe Women’s Services (TWS) has provided direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse since 1985. TWS is currently the only agency providing assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee region of California and Nevada. TWS believes that every person has the right to live a life free of violence and the agency works to empower victims in reclaiming those rights by providing safety, advocacy, education and support. Visit http://www.tahoewomenservices.org or call 775-298-0010About Project MANAProject MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Accessible) is the hunger relief organization serving the North and West Shores of Lake Tahoe and Truckee, which includes the coverage of three counties in Northern California and one county in Northern Nevada. Since its inception in July of 1991, Project MANA has responded to the emergency food need of the homeless, the elderly, the homebound, families in need, children and single parents. Visit http://www.projectMANA.org or call 775-298-0008.- Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com