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Vicki Kahn: This community’s got heart

Vicki KahnSpecial to the Sun

Vicki Kahn/Sierra SunChuck and Cindy Bluth with Terry Yagura at Truckee's Wine, Walk & Shop event.

Twenty-three years ago Terry Yagura decided she needed to do something to make up for the lost funding for arts in Tahoe-Truckee schools. Thats when she rolled up her sleeves and founded Arts for the Schools, a non-profit organization that would bring cultural and artistic education, assemblies, exhibitions, master classes, parent and teacher workshops, and public performances featuring artists from around the world to our local area. She has made a huge difference in our community, and last Friday evening at the Resort at Squaw Creek with a ballroom filled with over 200 people, she was honored for all her hard work, time, and efforts. It was so nice to have the opportunity to honor Terry for keeping the arts programs alive for so long in our schools, said co-chair of the event Anne Beck.

The premier event was called Hearts for the Arts and included a hearty ensemble of exceptional elements. Both silent and live auctions raised needed funds for the ongoing program. Four food stations featuring exquisite cuisine by award-winning chefs Mark Estee of Moodys, Gordon Drysdale of San Franciscos Pizza Antica, Percy Hatley of the famous Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, and Jacques Cornelis of the Resort at Squaw Creek, were located in each of the ballrooms corners. A variety of sumptuous delicacies had everyone raving about the food. Rita Whitaker-Haun conducted a group of students in a string performance as a gift for Yagura.After dinner, a few people recounted tales of the good ol days of the arts organization, including Dave Ferrari who has provided shelter to the performers at his hotel over the many years. Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer, and arranger Perla Batalla topped off the wonderful evening fittingly by performing with her band. The evening was truly a work of art! Kudos to the energized Arts For The Schools board of directors who include Pete Bansen, Ann Beck, Angela Booras, Kathy Claussen (she stepped in to go the extra mile for the event), Sandy Combs, Kathleen Gautier, Tara House, Cesar Lopez, Mark Lowenstern, Anne Shipley, and JJ Morgan. Some of those artfully in attendance included Joyce and Joe Lanza, Judy and Dick Lingle, Katie and Ciro Mancuso, Barbara and David Kahn, Dianne and Rafe Miller, Lydia and Brad Carter, Eloise and Slater Cahill, Annamaria and Keith Shannon, Jim Simon (he lent his famed auctioneering talents for the evening), former Cal Neva owners Cindy and Chuck Bluth, Pat Castellucci, Jenny and Dave Antonucci, Katie and Jon Joubert, Brady McClintock, Laura Abbey Brown, Phebe Bell, Linda and Dave Brown, Leanne and Christian Nall, Cathee van Rossem and Greig St. Clair, Roseann and Glenn Parker, Annika Hass, Katherine and Danny Hyde, Susan and Bob Recht, Pat and Brian Long, and Sally Mars Carey. A Terry Yagura Endowment Fund has been set up. For more info go to artsfortheschools.org or call 546-4602.

Last weekends Wine, Walk, and Shop in downtown Truckee was a big success, bringing over 900 wine-lovers to Truckees commercial core for some walking, shopping, socializing, wine tasting and food sampling. Over 30 food and wine stations beckoned attendees to stop, sip and sample. A portion of the money raised from this years event will be donated to TEMPO, a nonprofit parent group that supports the Truckee High School band program, to buy brass musical instruments engraved with Matt Rusonoffs name. Matt was a young Truckee community leader who passed away earlier this year. The popular event was produced by Switchback Public Relations and Marketing.Vicki Kahn is a Realtor with Prudential California Realty in Tahoe City. She can be e-mailed at vickikahn@sbcglobal.net