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My Turn: Help those you can

Roger Kahn
Tahoe City

Robert Frohlich, a local journalist, bartender, sailor, skier, Tahoe icon and gadfly for more than 25 years, was recently diagnosed with cancer. In order to help defray some of his medical expenses a group of his friends decided to have a little fundraiser for him at the Alpine Meadows Ski Area last month.

The organizers arranged for food to be donated from a number of local restaurants. There was beer, wine and soft drinks, a silent auction, bands playing rock ‘n roll music all night long and volunteers to make sure it all went off without a hitch.

Did I mention 1,500 of Fro’s closest friends showed up? As I walked around the lodge, with a warm glow in my heart, I saw almost everyone I know at Tahoe; some of them I hadn’t seen in years, all there to support Fro. Ask your friends who have lived elsewhere; events like Fro’s fundraiser don’t happen in other communities; North Tahoe/Truckee is a special place.

Economically, 2008 has been a terrible year. No matter what you are invested in, a business, the stock market, real estate, it has all tanked.

Most of us take solace in the fact that we can still afford to live in a warm home, put food on our table and enjoy our little corner of paradise.

Unfortunately, there are people who are in real economic trouble in our community and, with the current economy, their ranks are growing. If you don’t believe me, ask Emilio Vaca from the North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Karen Carey from Tahoe Women’s Services or George LeBard from Project Mana. Many of the people they help every day do not have a warm place to live or eat regular nutritious meals. They are living on the edge. These community members need our help, and they need it now.

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Fortunately every holiday season the Sierra Sun and the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation team up to raise money with their annual “Gifts for Good” campaign to grant back to our wonderful group of non-profit organizations. This year, count your personal blessings and consider helping a segment of our population that really needs your assistance. Please send what you can and check the box for Health and Human Services. Your reward will be that warm glow in your heart.