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Kiwanis: More than the oh-so-cool shovel drill team

TAHOE CITY and#8212; The Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe proudly announces its 19th annual charity fundraising event, Community Benefit Auction and Wine Tasting, at Sunnyside Resort Sunday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The guests will include up to 250 local leaders, business owners and community members. Master of ceremonies and auctioneer is a local attorney, Jim Simon, of Porter Simon Professional Corporation. All funds generated go back to support our communityand#8217;s critical needs during these difficult economic times.

Many people know the Kiwanis Club as the cool guys and gals who march as a precision snow shovel drill team in the annual SnowFest! parade. The club also hosts an annual golf tournament that raises money for the North Lake Tahoe Boosterand#8217;s club to support athletic programs at North Tahoe Middle and High Schools.

This yearsand#8217; spring gala takes on another delightful twist with a and#8220;Tahoe casual with a Roaring and#8217;20s flairand#8221; party theme. Guests will enjoy deluxe hors dand#8217;oeuvres and sip premium wines from the 12 fine wineries pouring tastes.

As always, Kiwanis members will hold both silent and live auctions with nearly $50,000 in items up for bid from exotic vacations, golf packages, dinners out, fine wines, sporting goods, art and decorative home accessories. The event will highlight the generosity of local businesses that contribute auction items and services.

All proceeds benefit North Lake Tahoe youth sports and enrichment programs, cultural programs, schools and family services. Past beneficiaries include Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Arts for the Schools, North Tahoe High and Middle School music programs, food for needy local families, Concerts in the Park at Commons Beach, annual four-year higher education scholarships for North Tahoe High School graduates, local law enforcement crime fighting tools, and drug and alcohol free high school graduation. In such difficult economic times, these and other local nonprofit groups are in desperate need of financial support.

Discount tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 at Cabin Fever and Mother Natureand#8217;s, 551 N. Lake Blvd., located next to Rosieand#8217;s Cafe in Tahoe City. Tickets at the door are $35.

and#8212; Submitted to the Sun via e-mail to aedgett@sierrasun.com