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Squaw Valley Institute is Queen of Hearts grant recipient, bringing Polyface farmer to town

Special to the Sun

OLYMPIC VILLAGE, Calif. – Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) was selected by Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund members to receive a grant in the amount of $10,000 to assist the organization. This is the first time in SVI’s 11-year history a grant has been awarded from the Queen of Hearts. The Institute will utilize this money to bring affordably priced programming and continue to develop intellectual discussion in the North Tahoe-Truckee region.

“Having the vital group of local women behind Queen of Hearts support us is an incredible honor,” said Renee Koijane, executive director of Squaw Valley Institute. “We are looking forward to putting these grant funds to use for the betterment of our region.”

The Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund was officially launched in February 2006. The goal was to identify 1,000 women to give a minimum of $1,000 and raise $1-million dollars within 1 year. To date, Queen of Hearts has raised $1.3 million and membership continues to grow.

Upcoming Squaw Valley Institute events

Feb. 13 lecture and book signing with Polyface farmer Joel Salatin, featured in Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food, Inc.; March 7, 23andme, a discussion on genome testing; and April 4 crowdfunding pioneer Julie Hanna with Kiva for a discussion in philanthropy and microfinancing.

Membership for individuals starts at $100. Members receive member-only discounted ticket pricing, priority notification to all Institute events, along with priority seating at events. Business memberships start at $250 per year.

Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs having artistic, cultural and educational values. Founded in 2002, SVI’s mission is to create an incubator for critical thought, inspiring uncommon conversations in the North Lake Tahoe region. Ranging in topics from athletes with insights to health, education and world affairs, SVI brings approximately one intellectually provocative speaker to the region each month, bringing together the community around a topic with relevance and inspiration.

For tickets or more information visit http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

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