Community Report: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe |

Community Report: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe

Courtesy photoTahoe City Kayak Owner Andy Laughlin stands next to the Jackson Rec Day Tripper 12 that Tahoe City Kayak donated as a raffle prize for Big Brothers Big Sisters Nov. 21 Wine Tasting andamp; Silent Auction. If you own a local business that would like to support Big Brothers Big Sisters mission of providing mentors to at-risk children in our local community, please call (530) 587-7717.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe is excited to announce our 27th Annual Wine Tasting andamp; Silent Auction fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21, 6 to 9 p.m., Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall, 255 South Auburn St. This fundraising event has been a mainstay of our agency since 1982, and features fine wines from a dozen or so local wineries, exceptional hors d’oeuvres, and many wonderful items to bid on during the silent auction and raffle. A great opportunity to mix and mingle while shopping early for the holidays, this year’s event also includes an exciting raffle for both a new Jackson Rec. Day Tripper Elite 12-foot kayak, or a Specialized Hardrock mountain bike. In addition, everyone will receive a souvenir wine glass. Tickets: $20 per person in advance or $25 per person at the door. If paying by check, make checks payable to andamp;#8216;BBBS of Nevada County’ and mail to P.O. Box 1362, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

We are still collecting silent auction items for the fundraiser and appreciate the support the local business community always shows our agency. If you would like to donate an auction item to this event, please contact the Truckee office at 587-7717 to arrange for pick up. All auction item donors are recognized in print in the event program booklet and mentioned throughout the event by the emcees.

Raffle tickets for either the kayak or the mountain bike are $10 each and can be purchased at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Truckee office, 10075 Levon Avenue, Suite 201B, Truckee or from BBBSNC Board Members Colleen Munson Kelly or Paul Raymore. Call 587-7717 to purchase raffle tickets.Raffle prizes:Jackson Rec. Day Tripper 12 Elite kayakLength: 12 FeetWeight: 56 lbsWidth: 30 inchesColor: YellowCarrying Capacity: 375lbsRetail price: $925andamp;#8220;It is a recreational kayak that’s wide and stable. It was designed to be a boat that’s stable enough and has enough carrying capacity to paddle with kids, dogs, fishing gearandamp;#8230;things like that. It’s kind of designed like a canoe, but with a lower center of gravity so you have more stability. And it’s got a really comfortable seat in it andamp;#8212; they call it their andamp;#8216;elite seat.’ So if you get to your kayaking destination, you can actually remove the seat and use it as a picnic chair, chair to fish from, etc. So it’s a really cool recreational boat for this area.andamp;#8221; andamp;#8212; Andy Laughlin, Owner of Tahoe City KayakSpecialized Hardrock mountain bikeThe Specialized Hardrock is still the best performing mountain bike in its classandamp;#8230;and for good reason. With its lightweight frame, stable geometry and outstanding specification, no other entry-level hardtail on the market can match this combination of performance, versatility and value. Featuring SRAM X3 7-speed trigger shifters, Specialized Body Geometry XC saddle, fully butted A1 Premium Aluminum frame, SRAM 7-speed cassette, 80mm smooth-travel fork, and Specialized Fast Trak LK Sport tires.

Age: 24Hometown: Sacramento, Calif., but he lives in Truckee now.Matched since: December 2008Why he became a Big Brother: I first got involved last year because I was in-between jobs and I had some free time, and I saw a flyer at the gym and thought it would be a fun and eye-opening experience to mentor a child. It went from there.Activities you do with your Little Brother: We try to do something different every time. Everything from watching movies to playing video games, mini golf, snowboardingandamp;#8230; pretty much anything that would seem fun, we try to do. We try to do something at least once a week, but sometimes we have busy schedules that don’t make that possible, so we try to make it up if we miss one.Best match moment so far: [Harris’ Little Brother] Ian knew that after six months, we could do a sleepover event, and without any provocation, Ian brought it up by himselfandamp;#8230;It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve done up to this point and I’d highly recommended it to anyone out there who wants to give back a little.If you would like to become a Big Brother or Big Sister to a local child in need of a caring mentor, please get involved today. We currently have more than 30 children on our North Lake Tahoe and Truckee waiting list. We especially need male Spanish-speaking mentors. Please call the Truckee office at (530) 587-7717 for more information. Se habla espaol.

On Oct. 8, 2009, Sandy’s Pub inside the Resort at Squaw Creek hosted a Big Night Out fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters. A huge Thank You is owed to everyone who came out to support Big Brothers Big Sisters that evening, as well as Sandy’s Pub Manager Kate LeMasurier, her entire staff, and Resort at Squaw Creek Marketing and PR Manager Marc Sapoznik for their help in making the event a success. Without the support of local businesses such as Sandy’s, we wouldn’t be able to match nearly as many local children with caring mentors in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe area.

Weekends: Closed; Monday: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday: 9 a.m. andamp;#8211; 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 9 a.m. andamp;#8211; 5 p.m.; Thursday: 9 a.m. andamp;#8211; 5 p.m.; Friday: 2 p.m. andamp;#8211; 5 p.m. The Truckee office is located upstairs in the Nevada County Court House Building, 10075 Levon Ave., Truckee. Call (530) 587-7717.

If you or someone you know would be interested in supporting our programs in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region by becoming a Big, participating on our Board of Directors, serving on our Truckee-Tahoe Fundraising Committee, or making a financial contribution, have them contact Executive Director Dena Valin at (530) 273-2227 or For more information, please see

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