Northstar helps Tahoe Women ski for a cause |

Northstar helps Tahoe Women ski for a cause

Don’t despair, ski season isn’t over yet and Tahoe Women’s Services Sixth Annual Ski Day is right around the corner.

One of the organization’s largest fundraisers, this year’s Ski Day is expected to bring in nearly $20,000.

“This annual event is a tremendous opportunity for Tahoe Women’s Services. The funds raised from this day help to support over a dozen programs and 3,000 women and children in the North Lake Tahoe area,” said Executive Director Karen Edwards.

One thousand lift tickets have been donated by Northstar-at-Tahoe to be sold for a discounted price, and all proceeds will go directly to the organization.

The board has determined three fundraising priorities for 2007: Legal assistance, facilities and direct assistance that helps clients with food, housing and transportation to make a new start.

“We have a $17,000 goal for direct assistance, so part of the money is going to go toward that,” said board president Barry Triestman. “Clients get vouchers and can go to the supermarket, or we can get them some start money to get an [apartment].”

Two-time Olympian Kristin Krone will be in attendance and will host free group clinics in the morning.

According to the agency, a woman is abused in America every nine seconds, and things are no different in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities.

In January, Cristin Joyce Keleher, 34, was shot and killed outside of Truckee by local transient Stanley Everett Merchant, 48. The man, who also killed himself, was thought to be her boyfriend.

And March 15 marked the anniversary of the murder of Julie Lacke, the 41-year-old Tahoe City woman who was beaten to death inside the home she shared with her boyfriend, Michael McBride. Following Lacke’s death, McBride killed himself by setting fire to her vehicle while he was inside.

Tahoe Women’s Services is dedicated to reducing the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse through programs that deliver emergency food, provide shelter, counseling, support groups, legal assistance and advocacy.

“We’re just hoping that people will come out and enjoy some skiing,” said coordinator Heather Tone. “The conditions are excellent, it’s inexpensive skiing, and it will be a really fun day.”

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