Time to get ‘In the Mood’ for winter
It’s that time of year when folks are impatiently fidgeting with their skis or board, checking the weather report every five minutes and hoping for a big winter.
Truckee-Tahoe residents and winter enthusiasts can put that excitement and energy toward a good cause with the 14th annual “In the Mood” on Thursday, Dec. 3 starting at 6 p.m. at the Resort at Squaw Creek.
In the past, event founder Robert “Fro” Frohlich held the “In the Mood” to raise funds for programs like the North Tahoe High School Ski Team, but this year, the cause is more personal.
“I’ve been battling stage four cancer – a really rare form – and the community has come to my aid, so this is my way of giving back,” Frohlich said.
The money raised by selling $5 raffle tickets for about 150 prizes will go to the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, Frohlich said.
Prizes will range from heli-skiing to resort lift tickets and the grand prize, a Squaw Valley USA adult season pass, he said.
Entry to the event is free, although attendees are encouraged to bring donations of canned food for the Tahoe Community Christmas, Inc. Video and photographs will be showcased from filmmakers Mike Marvin, Scott Gaffney, Craig Beck, Tom Day, Mike and Dave Hatchett and Brad Holmes and nationally recognized photographers including Tom Lippert, Keoki Flagg, Niobe Burden, Court Leve and Hank deVre.
“I call this the poor-man’s benefit,” Frohlich said. “Lifties, ski patrol, and parking crew can come in with 20 bucks and get a couple of beers and a couple of raffle tickets, and who knows they may be going heli-skiing.”
But first and foremost, Frohlich said the event is about celebrating life in Tahoe and the coming winter.
“It’s a tribute to our community and our mountain lifestyle,” Frohlich said. “Something to get in the mood.”
The event, expected to attract 600 to 700 people, will include a tribute to Shane McConkey, and a after-party will be held in Sandy’s Pub.
Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door before and throughout the event. Raffle tickets may also be purchased beforehand at the Cancer Center, Wolfdale’s, Mamasake and all Tahoe Dave’s locations. Evening co-hosts are Resorts Sports Network’s Todd Offenbacher and Tahoe TV’s Eric T. Brandt.
Led by Medical Director Laurence Heifetz, MD, the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee is committed to providing the highest quality cancer treatment and care to patients. The center strives to offer the most appropriate and current cancer diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in an honest, supportive, respectful and compassionate manner. The Center is associated with the UC Davis Health System and the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation charitable organization. Truckee Community Christmas, Inc., is a non-profit association that feeds the less fortunate during the holidays.