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Pattie and Hartley Lesser give more on the Fourth

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When Hartley and Pattie Lesser volunteered to help produce the Fourth of July parade for the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce in 1997 after recently arriving in town, they certainly didn’t think that 10 years later they would still be doing it. Events are time consuming, and require lots of detail and follow-up and usually “burn out” volunteers at a pretty quick rate. All the more reason why it’s an incredible statement to their commitment to Truckee, and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, that they’re still coordinating this popular event.

“When I first started with the Chamber five years ago, they said it was their last year. After a lunch at OB’s and discovering a mutual love of all-things-Celtic, they softened and agreed to do it another year,” said Lynn Saunders, President/CEO of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

“Then Pattie came to work for us as the membership manager and was able to work on the parade for one year as a staffer,” explains Saunders. “But Hartley was still there as a volunteer.”

“After Pattie left the Chamber, I was sure they would be done with the parade. But it was a complete surprise when they just took the ball and ran with it … I actually didn’t even have to ask. They have become an institution with the parade, and always worked hard to make it different and better each year … some years even sponsoring their beloved Celtic Pipe Bands on their own when no sponsor stepped up to the plate.”

Their work organizing the parade is the Lessers way of giving back to the town. “We love the community and this is what we love to do to give back,” they both say.

Hartley and Pattie have said for the final time that this is their last year as parade organizers ” they say they wanted to end “on an even 10 years.” In a town of people generous with their time in many volunteer efforts, Hartley and Pattie Lesser stand out above the crowd. To duly recognize their volunteer efforts, the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce is honoring Hartley and Pattie Lesser as Grand Marshals of this year’s Fourth of July parade. While still working behind the scenes to keep the parade rolling, they will be riding in their golf cart with a “Grand Marshal” banner affixed to their cart. Make sure you give them a big roar of appreciation as you see them go by “let them know our appreciation for 10 years of organizing one of the biggest and best small-town parades anywhere.