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Kiwanis gear up for auction

Julie Brown
Sierra Sun

The North Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club is getting ready for their annual benefit auction, but this year there’s something different.

Instead of donating the entire proceeds from their silent and live auctions to a single beneficiary, as they have in recent years, the Kiwanis Club wants to spread the wealth among a number of local groups that are in need of funds.

“We’re raising money that we will use to respond to donations requested in the community,” said Dave Shelton, a member of the North Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club since its second year.

The club will be auctioning off about 300 prizes at their annual dinner, from lodging packages, dining certificates, skiing, wine and sporting goods.

The last couple of years, the club has raised between $50,000 to $60,000, Shelton said. This year, the club is a little more modest in how much they expect to raise, expecting proceeds between $30,000 to $40,000 to come in from the event.

“We keep [our fundraisers] 100 percent squeaky clean,” Shelton said. “Every penny that comes in goes out to the community.”

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And the club gives mostly to the local community, especially for causes that benefit children.

“Most of the money is reinvested in the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe and Truckee,” Shelton said, noting that the club also gave to efforts in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and to the South Shore community after the Angora Fire.

This year marks the club’s 17th annual auction, which started out as a general clearinghouse fund for groups needing funding. It was some seven years ago that they decided to focus all of the proceeds on one organization, Shelton said.

The Tahoe Forest Hospice approached the North Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club with a need for a vehicle. At the time, transportation was limiting the hospice’s capacity to provide services, Shelton said.

“We were impressed enough with their plea, we decided to make them our primary beneficiary,” he said.

The auction raised enough money to purchase a Subaru Forester for the Tahoe Forest Hospice, which was the beneficiary another year, as was the Boys and Girls Club, the Tahoe Women’s Services, Excellence in Education and Arts for the Schools, among other groups.

The club also hosts an annual golf tournament that raises money for the North Lake Tahoe Booster’s club to support athletic programs at North Tahoe High School.

From high school to preschool, athletics to music and leadership, and more than 100 scholarships to local students ” the Kiwanis club gives to the community.

“I’m just so proud of what we’ve been able to do,” Shelton said. “It’s just little pieces of the community that we can point out and say, ‘Hey, we made that happen.'”

Groups wishing to request donations from the Kiwanis Club benefit auction proceeds should submit a request to the club’s board of directors. The club will review requests at their monthly meetings.