Bill Money benefit dinner, auction set for March 3 |

Bill Money benefit dinner, auction set for March 3

Sun file photoBill Money, left, stands with his family during the Donner Lake Kitchen days. Money recently sufferred a brain aneurysm and resutling strokes. A benefit will be held March 3 to help with expenses.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; On Jan. 12, 201 Bill Money had a brain aneurysm which caused a stroke which led to another. Bill has been at Renown in Reno, Nev. in the intensive care unit since. There are so many people praying for Bill it must surely be working since Bill is getting stronger every day, but it’s going to be a long road getting him home.

Bill grew up in Tahoe, left for a bit and came back when he was 18 years old. He taught skiing at Homewood and Alpine Meadows and after working at local ski areas Bill became a famous and#8220;chain monkey.and#8221; Bill loved chaining and to this day still holds his chaining license. He worked with a great bunch of guys (you all know who you are) but decided in 1994 with his wife Kelley to purchase the Donner Lake Kitchen. They had three children (Max, Katie and Peter) and years and years of wonderful memories of everyone they served, who ate some of the best huevos and eggs Benedict and enjoyed the Money family.

In 2001 the Moneys moved to Loyalton in the Sierra Valley and continued to run the Donner Lake Kitchen. They had the best of both communities. In February 2011 they unfortunately had to close their doors at the Donner Lake Kitchen. It was hard leaving Truckee but nine months later, November 2011, a new beginning and#8212; The Sierraville Kitchen.

During those nine months it was said again and again, if you open another, we will come and boy did you. Bill, Kelley, Max, Katie and Peter could not have asked for more from their Tahoe Truckee and Sierra Valley friends. They have served the community for so many years. Now it’s time to serve them.

Without medical insurance and the bills beginning to grow, both communities have come together to put on the Bill Money Benefit Dinner and Auction. It is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 at the Sierra Valley Grange, Vinton, Highway 70 with a full tri-tip dinner and dessert, 4-6 p.m. with wine and beer available. An auction will follow. Adults are $20, children 12 and under are $10.

Some of the items being auctioned off include a sailboat, front-end plow, 10-wheeler load of lodge pole, tons of hay and alfalfa, Leland Cross painting, two-person hunting trip, too many gift certificates to name and so much more.

Ron Pearlman of Reno Tahoe Limousine has graciously agreed to have available at half price ($30 per person) three of his fun vans/buses to get you there and back safe and sound. Each van/bus holds approximately 25 people. Leave the driving to Ron and his staff and have some fun while helping a good friend and his family in need.

Please e-mail Barbara Butterfield at or call 530-523-3245 for information.

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