Snow Festival delivers more than fun |

Snow Festival delivers more than fun

Snow Festival celebrations have wrapped up until next year, but the money raised through this year’s Snow Festival Queen raffle will soon be put to use.

The five queen contestants and their nonprofits of choice raised more than $14,000 through raffle ticket sales. Half of the money will go back to serve the organizations ” Choices Transitional Services, North Tahoe Firefighter’s Auxiliary, Tahoe City Rotary, Truckee Optimist Club and West Shore Association. The other half goes back to the Snow Festival, another nonprofit.

Choices Transitional Services, an organization that teaches developmentally disabled adults individual living skills, will receive about $1,000.

Choices’ Truckee day program director, Marilyn Moon, said the organization received more than just money from participating in the queen raffle ticket sales. Two clients were particularly rewarded with the experience ” Carmen Aguera and Erin Freemen went the extra mile selling raffle tickets to neighbors, family and even strangers.

“We want them to be as independent as possible and do everything we can to make that happen,” Moon said. “… We were really proud of [Aguera] because she wanted to be independent. Everywhere she went she sold tickets.”

The group will likely buy new exercise equipment with the money queen candidate Erin Schreiber helped raise, Moon said.

North Tahoe High School sophomore Anja Wittels was crowned Snow Festival Queen this year for a winning combination of selling raffle tickets, writing a memorable essay and interviewing with a panel of local professional women.

She represented Tahoe City Rotary and helped add more than $1,300 to its community service fund.

The Rotary now has $38,000 to disburse to such local organizations as Tahoe Women’s Services, Lake Tahoe Music Festival and North Tahoe Booster Club, among others.

“I will spend every dime of that by June, giving it out to people,” said Jan Colyer, who is in charge of Rotary’s community services. “And we donate to Snow Festival because I think it’s a really great community event.”

Snow Festival director Ruth Schnabel said she was very pleased with the results of the raffle sales and hopes to attract more queen candidates and thus more nonprofits involved next year.

“I think this [fundraising] will continue to grow,” she said.

Mark your calendars for next year’s Snow Festival beginning Feb. 29.

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