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Olympians represent what it takes to ‘BE GREAT’ in Tahoe

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Two-time Olympic freestyle medalist Shannon Bahrke along with former Olympians Bill Hudson (1988/Calgary), Bob Ormsby (1988/Calgary), Eric Poulsen (1972/Munich), Bill Toomey (1968/Mexico City), Osvaldo Ancinas (1956/Stockholm, 1960/Squaw Valley, 1964/Innsbruck), Glen Jobe (1980/Lake Placid); Marcus Nash (1998/Nagana; 1994 Lillehammer); Katerina Nash (2004/Atlanta) and Mary Rand Reese (1964/Tokyo representing Great Britain) will participate in the annual fundraising event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. The Kids first Jazz Breakfast will be held Saturday, June 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 8215 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach. Formed in 1997, the Club currently serves more than 1,000 youth annually, with more than 200 youth daily at its Kings Beach facility. The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe believes every child has the potential to “BE GREAT” and has launched the BE GREAT campaign to inspire children, families and supporters to realize greatness within themselves and in others. “We are very proud and fortunate to live in a place rich with Olympian accomplishments,” said Executive Director Isabelle Wilson. “What better role models of greatness than Olympic athletes? I’m thrilled to be involved in an area where those who have accomplished give back to their community.” A 1998 graduate of North Lake Tahoe High School, Shannon Bahrke said she “is excited to be part of this important fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club. Services for community youth are imperative; and if my story inspires North Lake Tahoe kids to BE GREAT, then our community as a whole will benefit. The Club’s services are important, and we need to be sure these important community services are sustained.” Decathlon gold medalist and acclaimed and influential leader in the modern Olympic movement, Bill Toomey will share his story of how his childhood membership in the Boys Club in Philadelphia, Penn. was instrumental in his successful vision and accomplishments. “The Boys Club helped channel my energy and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to speak to local kids and supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe and to applaud their support of community kids,” said Toomey. On Sept. 12, 1990, the Boys Clubs of America became the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe was founded to fill a need for affordable year-round youth development services at North Lake Tahoe. The organization is dedicated to promoting and enhancing youth development by instilling a sense of belonging, usefulness, competence and influence. The Club’s impressive building, built through community support and adjacent to the Kings Beach Elementary School, is where youth daily experience academic support and enrichment activities in five core areas: Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills; Sports & Recreation, the Arts and Character & Development. Today the Club is filled with youth participating in activities like reading and homework support, art, sports and cooking classes. For more information call (530) 546-4324 or e-mail Executive Director Isabelle Wilson iwilson@bgcnlt.org.- Submitted to the Sun via e-mail to aedgett@sierrasun.com

Formed in 1997, the Boys & Girls Club of North lake Tahoe is a nonprofit youth development organization located in Kings Beach. The Club offers before- and after-school programs and activities, holiday programs, summer camps and sports leagues for children 5-18. The cost of membership is purposefully kept low, at $50 per year to allow all children the opportunity to have a safe, positive place to learn and grow. The Club mission is to “inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their potential as productive, responsible and caring members of the Community.” Annually, the Club serves more than 1,000 families in the North Tahoe region. For more information visit http://www.bgcnlt.org or call (530) 546-4324.The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is a charter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America but is an independent organization managed by a local board and financially supported by local donations.

Kids First Jazz BreakfastSaturday, June 5, 2010, 9-11 a.m.Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe8125 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach, CA 96143(530) 546-4324