Locals honored by Boys & Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe honored their Youth of the Year and Volunteers of the Year and acknowledged corporate sponsors and staff at their 2nd annual “For the Love of Kids” awards luncheon Thursday, Feb. 8 at the North Lake Tahoe Conference Center.Thirteen-year-old Charity Gardner, daughter of Donna and Jim Peterson of Kings Beach, was named Youth of the Year.”She’s awesome!” said Allison Everist, program director for the Boys & Girls Club. “She currently participates in Boys & Girls Club ski/snowboard, youth basketball and girl’s softball leagues, she is a member of the Torch Club, a nationally recognized leadership and service development club for teens and she is involved in a mentoring program for the younger kids.”Two women, one from each Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe program site, were acknowledged as Volunteers of the Year by the organization.The award winner for the Truckee area was Lin Zacconi, a retired engineer.”She attended the very first volunteer orientation we had when the program started a year ago and she’s been coming faithfully ever since,” Everist said. “She’s there every week, two days a week, helping children with homework.”Zacconi has started her own educational program with the Boys & Girls Club, a discovery zone class that provides science exploration for the kids once a week utilizing unique teaching methods.”She does things like talk about the splitting of an atom, using a plastic egg filled with candy, so the kids really get into it,” Everist explained.Anne Thomas, a teacher from Kings Beach Elementary School, was honored for her contribution to the Boys and Girls Club.Jean Hagan from Squaw Valley’s High Camp received the Distinguished Community Service Award for her participation and organization of the Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party.Distinguished service recognition was given to Dave Ferrari, the Ferrari family and the Crown Motel for fund-raising efforts and contributions to the club’s operating funds and sports team sponsorships; Lane Lewis of Old Brockway Golf Course for fund-raising and sports team sponsorships; Jeff Lanini of Lake of the Sky Realty for sports team sponsorships and coaching assistance; Terry Yagura of Arts for the Schools for fund-raising efforts and contributions, and the Tahoe League for Charity, for donating “Nutcracker” ballet tickets to the Boys & Girls Club.Corporate sponsors Telis Internet Provider, Charles Schwab, Inc. and Northstar-at-Tahoe were acknowledged for their contributions to the major Boys & Girls Club fund-raiser, Tahoe Jazz.New associate members and new members of the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe Board of Governors were also recognized during the luncheon.More than 605 boys and girls are members of the Boys & Girls Club. The Club provides a valuable service and “peace of mind” for their parents who work in Incline Village, Crystal Bay, Reno, Carson City, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Tahoe City and Truckee.For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe call 546-4324 or visit http://www.bgcnlt.org.
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