Social Scene: Measure A Fundraiser Earns an A+ at Mexican themed fiesta at Olympic Valley |

Social Scene: Measure A Fundraiser Earns an A+ at Mexican themed fiesta at Olympic Valley

Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
Phebe Bell, right, announces a raffle prize winner as Syd Earley holds the raffle ticket basket at the fiesta at the Olympic Village Inn.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; We all want our children to have the best education possible. That’s why supporting the Measure A fiesta fundraiser Sunday, Nov. 7 was a and#8220;no brainerand#8221; for more than 300 parents, educators and locals. and#8220;Once again the community has proven it really does support education,and#8221; said Syd Earley, chair of the fiesta fundraiser, who also mentioned the fundraiser did better than expected, considering fundraising going on this time of year, the bad economy and inclement weather on event night.

The fiesta helped raise needed seed money for the campaign to renew Measure A, (formerly measure S), a flat parcel tax that generates funding for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Due to the reduction in funds received from the state of California, Measure A funding is earmarked for specific educational programs, staff, projects and equipment for local public schools to benefit students grades K-12. Campaign committee members, headed by chair Donna Morgan, will kick off the campaign in January 2011 for the special March election.

As tradition would have it, (the very first Measure S fiesta was held there in 1989) the Olympic Village Inn in Squaw Valley served as the venue for the Mexican-themed fiesta, deftly decorated (thanks to Kristi Darzynkiewicz and her crew) with colorful hanging Mexican streamers, serapes and luminaries on the tables, sombreros, pinatas, tissue paper flowers and balloons. Live music by The Deckheads vibrated throughout the cavernous party hall as the margarita machine pumped out tempting slushy margaritas, compliments of Joe Lanza and Dianne Miller with help from Pete Roske and Mike Earley. Silent auction tables bordering the room were laden with themed gift baskets provided by local PTO’s. Men Wielding Fire, from Reno, cooked up at their cost a Mexican dinner featuring grilled tri tip and chicken fajitas, veggies and Caesar salad. Local restaurants donated appetizers and desserts (Sunnyside’s ahi mini tacos were to die for) that Jake’s sous chef Hugo Inclan organized.

Local school principals served as bartenders including Jane Loomis, Kathleen Gauthier, Eileen Fahrner, David Putney, Teresa Rensch, Valerie Simpson, Michael McDowell, Stephanie Welch and SELS charter school director David Manahan. Teachers volunteering included Nancy McNair and Lyndy Echert, Peggy Heidelberger-Smith, Dawn Rye to name a few. Kudos to Karen Roske who organized the baby-sitting at the Squaw Kids Snowsports School.

Others at the fiesta supporting the schools were Mayumi Elgado and Chris Jennerwein, North Tahoe High librarian Rachel Wright and husband Patrick, Sue Rae Irelan and Gordon Shaw, Jan and Rick Ganong, Lisa and John Mohun, Kathrin and Bill Hudson, Lisa and Richard Scibird, Diane and Bill Austin, DeeDee Driller, TTUSD Superintendent Steve Jennings, Josh Susman, Elenka Vrecek, and#8220;cocktail waitressesand#8221; Kelly Frankenberg and Karen Leep, Phyllis McConn, Phebe Bell, Christian and Lianne Nall, Katie and Jon Joubert, Christine McMorrow of SWEP, Nancy Gisko, Dee Dee Driller, Nancy Lancaster, Michele and Greggor Syben, John and Jenn Whitney, Brianne and Todd Hipsley, Andrea and Rob Gaffney, Diane and Bill Austin, Robert Darzynkiewicz, Ann Goldstone, Richard and Lisa Scibird, Heather Sullivan, Beth Pascalli, Valli and Kevin Murnane, CRC for Measure A president Johanna Monforte and Gordana and John Wood.

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