Raising goblets and money for local students
Look over the scholarship list for Tahoe-Truckee High School graduates and you’ll find that the Soroptimists International of Truckee-Donner gives out the largest local scholarship award.
Funding for that scholarship and the four others the Soroptimists award to local seniors comes through their annual “Oldest and Best Wine and Restaurant Faire Tasting.”
As the club’s biggest fund-raising event, the wine tasting and restaurant affair usually makes up a good portion of its budget for the year.
“This is our largest fund-raiser. It usually pulls in about $9,000 to $10,000,” said Rosemary O’Gorman, the club’s treasurer . “We use that money to fund scholarships, support art in our schools. We help fund project graduation … and we also support teen parenting programs at Sierra High School.”
Soroptimist is Latin for “the best for women” and the national service organization funds projects which promote education, human rights and the status of women.
The Truckee-Donner branch was founded almost 30 years ago.
This will be the club’s 27th annual wine tasting event.
“Wineries from all over Napa Valley will be participating,” said O’Gorman. “The Truckee River Winery will be on hand … restaurants like OB’s and Papa Murphy’s will have some food to sample … it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The event will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at The Village Shoppe, Coldwell Banker and Eagle Mortage or can be purchased at the door for $28.
The price of the ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, the chance to taste premium California wines and hors d’oeuvers.
A drawing will also be held to raffle off a two night stay at Agate Cove in Mendocino. O’Gorman expects more than 100 people to attend.
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