Antique show supports Truckee High’s boosters
Walter Larsen doesn’t usually put on antique shows in the summer, but the antique show promoter will make an exception for Truckee.In fact, he’s made an exception for the past three decades.”There is a demand,” said Larsen, who estimates the show will draw a couple thousand people each day. “We don’t have many summer shows because a lot of people are on vacation. But in Tahoe, there are a lot of vacationers.”Larsen – who promotes shows all over the West – will bring his antique show to town for the 30th Truckee Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale on July 30 31 and Aug. 1 at Truckee Elementary School.The event supports the Tahoe Truckee High School Boosters Club in a year when Truckee High’s athletics budget has been cut by 25 percent.”We used to have more fund-raisers but they’ve kind of fallen by the wayside,” said Dottie Hudecek, boosters club chairwoman for the antique show. “So this is our biggest fund-raiser, and because we’ve lost funding from different places, it’s important.”The boosters club gives approximately $25,000 each year to Truckee High’s athletic teams, clubs, school newspaper, leadership program and scholarships, Hudecek said. Some of the funding is for families that need help paying for their children to participate in sports.Though boosters club President Gary Lewis is trying to find creative solutions to raise funds this year, Hudecek said the club doesn’t receive too many donations, so its volunteers work hard to earn their money.”If you could see us out there in football season, we’re standing out there in the snow and sleet selling sweatshirts and flipping hamburgers,” said Hudecek, who began volunteering for boosters four years ago when her grandson was in high school.Members of Truckee High’s junior class will also be at the antique show, selling food and beverages to raise money for prom and other activities.At the show, patrons will find a wide range of antiques, period furniture and country-style items, Larsen said. It’s one summer show that Larsen’s network of antique vendors keep returning to time after time.”It’s been going on for 30 years, and we’ve had our ups and downs,” Larsen said. “The antique business has changed tremendously because of ebay and the economy going down, but Truckee has always been very loyal.”Anyone interested in volunteering or making a donation to the Tahoe Truckee High School Boosters Club can contact Dottie Hudecek at 582-5221.Check it outThe Truckee Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale• July 30 31, 10 a.m. 6 p.m., Aug. 1, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.• Truckee Elementary School, 11911 Donner Pass Road• Admission: $3, Senior Citizens: $2• Benefits the Tahoe Truckee High School Boosters Club
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