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Lewis and Clark expedition makes a stop in Truckee

Staff reports

One of America’s earliest explorers will be blazing a trail right through town in a few weeks as part of the Tahoe Forest Hospice’s Third Annual Benefit Dinner.

The highlight of the Nov. 1 event will be a special guest appearance by Meriwether Lewis, of the immortal Lewis and Clark expedition, played by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson – acclaimed nationwide for his first-person historical interpretation performances.

By playing a variety of characters, Jenkinson tries to set aside the common perception of Lewis as epic explorer and delve into the complexity of the man, who was often haunted by mental illness.

“This is going to be very exciting, especially with the timeliness of the event right around the anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition,” said Sheila Miller, member of the Friends of Hospice organization.

This annual dinner is the most significant fund-raiser of the year for Tahoe Forest Hospice and all proceeds go directly towards providing patient care, Miller said.

Tahoe Forest Hospice – which remains the only hospice group in this region – provides a variety of end of life care and services for those with terminal illnesses, as well as support for friends, family and caregivers.

These services are primarily provided in patients’ homes to allow individuals to spend the last portion of their lives with dignity, in the comfort of their own homes.

Last year alone, Tahoe Forest Hospice staff and volunteers performed more than 1,100 visits to those in need, extended their service area to include the Eastern Plumas District Hospital and opened a successful thrift store in Truckee.

The evening, led by master of ceremonies and Channel 8 news anchorman Brent Boynton, will also feature a reception, gourmet four-course dinner and wine pairing.

Major sponsors of this year’s event include East West Partners, Breeze and Ruth Cross, Cabona’s, Lahontan, Truckee Travel, Whispering Vine and The Resort at Squaw Creek.

The Tahoe Forest Hospice Benefit Dinner will be held on Nov. 1 at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a n0-host reception followed at 6:30 p.m. by a four-course dinner and wine pairing. Tickets are $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Tahoe Forest Hospice at 582-3534.