Letter to the Editor: Andy Wirth is a friend to nonprofits
May 20, 2014
As the Director for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, I've sought the support of countless individuals and businesses to help provide resources to care for the thousands of animals we've saved.
It is no secret that Squaw Valley and Andy Wirth have supported HSTT in our mission to save 100 percent of our community's homeless pets.
In a recent article in POWDER Magazine, while referencing Andy Wirth's civic-mindedness and his involvement in local nonprofit organizations, Jamie Schectman is quoted as saying, "He (Wirth) seems like a puppet" and "these guys are so competitive and driven, they'll do anything."
These accusations about Andy are unfounded, unfair and untrue. I know his motivation for supporting numerous community organizations comes from a sincere place.
When Andy came to Tahoe, he embedded himself in the community by working closely with non-profits. He didn't approach me with some grand plan of winning over HSTT, instead I approached him.
In our first conversation he was genuinely interested in learning more about what we did and if he could help. I hung up the phone thrilled about the prospect of finally building a relationship with Squaw, something I had tried to do for years to no avail.
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Within days, Andy toured our tiny shelter, realized there was a need and agreed to help. You see, Andy has a rescued dog and he believes all dogs deserve a chance to have a long, happy life. There was nothing contrived about his desire to help.
Over the years, Andy's personal contribution to other environmental and social causes has been vast, including being a volunteer fireman and a foster parent to many children.
This is coming from me personally, not HSTT, and I'm writing because I know Andy cares immensely about the causes he supports.