Fiesta aids school parcel tax effort
On Friday, Truckee resident Julie McGinley wants to throw a party for the community, but she wouldn’t mind raising some money while she’s at it.McGinley is the chairwoman for the Measure A Grand Fiesta, an event that is expected to raise most of the money for the parcel tax’s campaign costs.”Community support – that is the main reason for this event. Boy, it’ll be a great party, too,” McGinley said.For the past 16 years, Measure A has provided funding for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District through a parcel tax. The initiative will return to voters for a four-year extension on March 8, 2005. Until then, the campaign committee has to educate voters and get the word out about Measure A, and that costs money.That’s where the Grand Fiesta comes in, McGinley said. If successful the event – which includes a catered Mexican buffet, drinks, live music, a raffle, and silent and live auctions – will raise $40,000 for the campaign.”This is the event that raises the money for the campaign of Measure A,” McGinley said. “So far we’ve raised $15,000.”Local businesses provided most of the items for the raffle and auctions. Typically, this is a difficult time of year to round up charitable donations, but people made an exception for the Grand Fiesta, said Karen Pilaar, raffle and auction co-chair along with Terrina Woodard.”Businesses had given their quota of donations for the year,” Pilaar said. “When people heard it was for Measure A, they just gave more.”More than 120 businesses in Truckee and in North Tahoe donated items for the raffle and auction.The grand prize for the raffle is a trip for two to Las Vegas. Auction items range from a Donner Summit getaway ski weekend to certificates for dog massage.Live entertainment and dancing music will be provided by Pete Nevin and the Deckheads.There will be a Measure A table at the Grand Fiesta to educate people on the parcel tax, which provides approximately $2.7 million each year to programs and materials in the district.”This is a measure that affects a parcel tax, and a parcel tax affects everyone,” she said. “We all pay that parcel tax; it’s a community issue.”
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