Social Scene: Tahoe Fund dinner raises more than $200K; seats big names, politicians |

Social Scene: Tahoe Fund dinner raises more than $200K; seats big names, politicians

Hank de Vre / Photographers and art auction contributors Elizabeth and Olof Carmel met Senator Dianne Feinstein and her husband Dick Blum at the cocktail reception and art auction at the Tahoe Fund event at West Shore Cafe.

HOMEWOOD, Calif. andamp;#8212; The martinis were blue and clear, just like Lake Tahoe. The senator was attired in Chartreuse, and the evening was painted all over with philanthropy. It was the first annual andamp;#8220;Art of All Thingsandamp;#8221; dinner and art auction held Monday, Aug. 15, at the West Shore Caf. The sold out invitation-only event was a well designed collage of art for sale, fine wines and fine dining, environmental fashions, political dignitaries, and people who share a passion for sustaining, enhancing, and restoring Lake Tahoe.The evening benefited the Tahoe Fund, a new environmental nonprofit launched last August. The Tahoe Fund raises private sector money and partners with public agencies in restoring and improving the extraordinary natural and recreational resources of Lake Tahoe. Proceeds from the benefit event will assist the new organization, which seeks to help fund bike trails, parks, restoration projects, interpretive programs, and other amenities that people use and enjoy around Lake Tahoe.The evening was also a green event, from the color of the money it raised (more than $200,000) to the zero-waste commitment by the event organizers to cut down on the trash generated. After guests mingled on the lawn during the social hour and silent auction, everyone sat down by the water’s edge to an exceptionally delicious dinner created by five of the most celebrated chefs from the Bay Area and Reno/Tahoe area.Mark Franz, Parke Ulrich, Emily Luchetti, Mark Estee and Rusty Johns all contributed to a memorable Epicurean experience for Tahoe Fund Founder Circle members and supporters who dined under the stars, and watched enrapt as a nearly full moon crested over the mountains. Inspiring remarks were made after dinner by Tahoe Fund President Cindy Gustafson, Tahoe Fund board member and Tahoe Summit host Art Chapman, Senator Feinstein, and others. Gustafson presented Dick Blum, husband of Dianne Feinstein, a beautiful three dimensional birch map of Lake Tahoe for his and the senator’s original and significant Founders’ Circle contribution to the Tahoe Fund.Sitting under the moonlight at the West Shore Cafe were Tahoe Fund Founder Circle members and West Shore Caf hosts Colleen and Art Chapman, Claudia Florsheim, Trish and Robert Ronald, Joan Gibb, Bea and Roger Wittenberg, Nancy and Max Gisko, Chuck Greene, Cathy and Jim Boyd, Leslie and Blaise Carrig, Dr. Daphne Palmer and Dr. Larry Heifetz, Roger and Vicki Kahn, Janie and Don Friend, Carol and Mike Sabarese, Rachel and Patrick Wright, Steve Lind, Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, Randy Hill with Schatzi Boyd, Jean Jarvis and Eric Havian, Gail Jaquish and Steven Kenninger, Denise and Tim Cashman, Lynn Suter, Cindy and Bob Pester, Cory and Ryan Ritchie, Maja Thaler and Scott Gillespie, Jan and Dave Hardie, Kirk Hardie, Karen and Andy Wirth of Squaw Valley USA, and TRPA Exec Director Joanne Marchetta.Others in attendance included Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Gov. Jerry and Ann Gust Brown, Barbara Pearlman-Whyman, Susan and Leonard Nimoy, master of ceremonies Jim Porter, Glennis and John Jones, Linda and David Brown, Marilyn and Michael Cabak, Kay Turner, Terry and Tom Berry, Amy and Seth Berry, Claudia and Steve Anderson, Jennifer Montgomery, Dianne Florsheim, Denise and Woody Shackleton, Barbara and Fred Ilfeld, Sarah Obexer and Keith Fields, Patsy and Larry Sevison, Kern Schumacher, Margo and Atam Lalchandani, Ardith and Howard Marguleas, Sue and Ron Rouda, and Bill Watson.Members of the North Tahoe/Truckee art community who donated art for the auction and were in attendance for the cocktail reception were Andy and Lois Skaff, Keoki Flagg, Barbara Grant of the Cuckoo’s Nest, Madalyn Bodell and Hal Slear of James Harold Galleries, Hank de Vre, Elizabeth and Olof Carmel, Susie Alexander (she set up her easel and painted a picture of the view in front of the venue which was later auctioned off), Pablo Karis of Pablo’s Gallery and Frame Shop, and Fred Wickman of Cabin Fever.To learn more about the Tahoe Fund, log on to;#8212; Vicki Kahn-can be reached at

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