Truckee Tahoe Announcements: Grab a grant, be a board member, ski for schools |

Truckee Tahoe Announcements: Grab a grant, be a board member, ski for schools

Have a great program or project that needs some funding? Consider applying to the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. We have four primary areas of interest: Arts, Culture and Civic Life; Education and Youth Development; Environment, Recreation and Animal Welfare; and Health and Human Services. Grants are typically in the range of $5,000. Completed applications must be returned to the TTCF office by 5 on April 1 to be considered for the Spring 2009 Grant Cycle.

Applications are available by picking them up at the TTCF office, 11071 Donner Pass Road, visit, request one at or call 587-1776. The Grants Committee reviews each application, makes site visits to and/or interviews each applicant. Turn around time is approximately six weeks. Any questions? Call Phebe Bell at 587-1776 or e-mail to

Proceeds from lift tickets go directly to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides grants, resources and partnerships to benefit students, teachers and the educational community as a whole in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School district.

Dates for 2009 Skiing For Schools:

Sunday, March 15: Homewood Community Benefit Day, $25 lift tickets will be available at Homewood this day. Call Homewood, 525-2992 for details.

Saturday, March 21: Sugar Bowl: Skiing for Schools Day. Special, pre-purchased lift tickets are only $25 per person. Purchase tickets in advance at all Porters locations.

Sunday, April 5, Alpine Meadows Community Benefit Day, $25 lift tickets will be available at Alpine this day. A portion of the proceeds will go to Excellence in Education. Call Alpine, 583-4232.

Sunday, April 19, Squaw Valley USA: Skiing for Schools Day. Pre-purchased lift tickets are only $25 per person. Purchase tickets in advance at all Porters locations or online at

Call 550-7984 or visit

The Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors announced a vacancy to their five-member board of directors’ roster created by the resignation of MaryLou Austin, District Board member since December, 1996.

Austin served as the Tahoe Forest Hospital district treasurer for the past two years and was board chairman twice during her tenure. She served on many committees as well, including personnel, policy, finance and employee retirement committees. She has also served on numerous ad hoc committees for programs such as the Western Addition expansion project, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, and the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance.

Per the bylaws of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District and California law, the remaining directors intend to appoint a resident of the District to fill the vacant seat on or before May 1, 2009. Any registered voter who is a resident of the District in Eastern Nevada County or Placer County and is interested in being considered for such an appointment may write a letter of interest and qualifications by the April 14, 2009 to Tahoe Forest Hospital District, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160 attn: Robert Schapper, CEO. Or hand deliver to the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Administration office, 10955 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Call 582-3481.

Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner (SITD) recently awarded their annual Violet Richardson Award (VOA) and Women’s Opportunity Award (WOA) to two women in the Truckee community.

The Violet Richardson Award (VRA) is awarded each year to a woman between the ages of 14 and 17 who has demonstrated exemplary volunteer service to her community. Tracey Gilmore, age 16, was awarded $250 with a matching $250 contribution made in honor of her volunteer organization – Project Lovepack. Tracey started Project Lovepack in 2006 when she began filling children’s backpacks with school supplies, toiletries, blankets, stuffed animals, a personalized note for children in a variety of housing situations including safe houses and foster care. Tracey has given more than 400 backpacks.

The Women’s Opportunity Award is an International project unique to Soroptimist that provides cash grants for women who enter or return to the job market in order to financially support themselves and their families. This year’s recipient is a mother of three currently enrolled in Prater Way College of Beauty – Cosmetology. She moved to Truckee in 1999. Since then she has overcome tremendous adversity, gained self respect and self confidence. With this scholarship she will continue her path to new successes and heights.

The women of Soroptimist would like to congratulate both recipients and wish them a bright future ahead.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional WOMEN who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. For more information, please contact President Alissa Just at 587-6681 ext. 11.

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