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Sunshine Letters: Truckee Red Ribbon, River Day, Good for Services

On Dec. 3 Coldwell Banker at the Cobblestone kicked off their annual Toys For Tots drive. Thanks to the generous donations of Northstar-At-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Homewood Mountain Resort, we were able to distribute one day lift tickets or discount coupons to all those who stepped up to donate a toy. Our kick-off began with a party at our office with musical support from the North Tahoe High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Brittney Iverson. Food was supplied by SaveMart in Tahoe City, Safeway in Tahoe City and Kings Beach, Tahoe House, Blue Agave, Longs Drugs and Starbucks in Truckee, as well as from our real estate friends, Lori Wilson at Property ID, Debbie Banducci at American Home Shield Insurance, Sherine Duncan at Fidelity National Title, O’Dette Mortgage, Linda at Partners Mortgage and Todd Davis from Old Republic Home Protection. We couldnt have done it without a little help from our North Tahoe High School elves, Ella, Heidi, Lexie and Nikki. The North Tahoe kids who receive these toys, dolls, bike and games of every size and shape, had a better holiday because of all of you. Once again our little village has come together for a good cause. Our toy box overflowed with your generosity. Have a happy and prosperous New Year and join again for next years drive. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage,Tahoe City

The second year of the Holiday Hope Program was a great success thanks to the 82 wonderful donors! The commitment to help a fellow neighbor in these economic times is greatly admirable. We thank you for spending your time and money to assist struggling families. Through the program, 112 families received much needed assistance in celebrating the holiday season. With the help and support of our community this program has been able to grow each year. The North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe Womens Services, and the benefiting families would like to thank those who donated to the Holiday Hope Program. We wish you a wonderful 2009.North Tahoe Family Resource Center,Tahoe Womens Services

Sierra Senior Services would like to send a special thank you out to Patti Bena, Lauri Heath and Joan Hartwell for gathering all their Magic Genies to share the joy of giving to the seniors. The warmth and holiday spirit generated from the community was appreciated by everyone. Additional volunteers and service clubs that also went out of their way to make the seniors feel special were Truckee Noon Rotary, Neil Cunningham, Sunshine Rotary, Queen of Hearts, Truckee Lioness Club, Truckee Lions, Avalanche Violin Choir, Colleen Jackson, Sierra Strings, Girl Scout Troops 137 andamp; 237, Forest Charter Middle School, Mountain Hardware, Scott Terrell, Ron Parr, Mark Stackpool and the Mountain Belles. Thank you for your continued generosity. Sarah Hall DeardorffSierra Senior Services

Tahoe Women’s Services Ski Day at Sugar Bowl was a huge success! Not only did we sell out, but we had a great time talking with lots of supporters in the community and sharing education with the public. Sugar Bowl generously donated 1,000 full-day lift tickets to Tahoe Womens Services to sell to the public. This is a fabulous donation, and we thank Sugar Bowl for their great community support. This is a fantastic way to help us raise funds and have fun. As usual, Sugar Bowl was incredibly supportive, helping us will all kinds of logistics and details.TWS also thanks Creative Concepts Media and Marketing for their ongoing support in helping us promote our event. They went above and beyond helping us create PSAs, distribute the information to television and radio, and garnering widespread knowledge of our event.Additionally, thank you to our wonderful outlets, Porters and Tahoe Daves for helping to sell tickets to the public every year. And thank Sue Kass at BariColor-Lake Tahoe Photography in Tahoe City for printing all of our beautiful posters. Finally, TWS would like to extend a tremendous thanks to our volunteers. They are great ambassadors for TWS and we are thankful they chose to be involved with our organization. Tahoe Womens Services

Donner Summit Area Association (DSAA) held it first Snow Sculpting Contest over the holidays. Families and individuals built and creatively decorated snowmen and snow sculptures in downtown Soda Springs. Hot chocolate and baked goods were enjoyed around a sunken bonfire. The Summit Restaurant, Kingvale Tubing, Boreal Ski Area, Randy Diaz and Pat Malberg donated all the prizes. Volunteers chopped wood, baked and enjoyed themselves as well. DSAA expresses thanks all who made this successful and fun filled community event possible. Tamara Lieberman

We attended the heart-breaking but uplifting service for our own Randy Davis; known community-wide as a wonderful friend, son, nephew, grandson, brother, skier, student, room-mate, team-mate. This community holds together in the most tragic of times, but the people here also bind together in a way that can only be accomplished in a small town. The hundreds of people attending each had their own reasons for sharing what is in their hearts, and honoring Randy and his family. We should all feel so proud to be a part of the Tahoe camaraderie. With appreciation,Andrea Carabetta, friends and family

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