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Sunshine Letters | Tahoe Truckee community kudos

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation would like to thank the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors for its partnership and the success of the third annual Martis Camp Home Tour held on Aug. 5. The Home Tour proved to be a tremendous success raising more than $56,000 for the Foundation and thus, our local schools. This yearandamp;#8217;s fundraising event would not have been possible without the extreme generosity of Martis Camp and the homeowners who opened their magnificent homes to the Tour. We would like to extend a special thank you to Northstar California for providing the transportation for event, to the docents who volunteered in the homes and to the Home Tour committee members for the many months of volunteer hours they dedicated. Home Tour Committee was co-chaired by Don and Hale Carr and other committee members include: Lil Schaller, Barb Wilkinson, Tilly Mezger, Alison Elder, Jim Courier, Sandy Horn and Heather Morgan. Thank you as well to the local florists and Realtors who contributed floral arrangements to the homes: Flower Power, Suzuandamp;#8217;s Flowers, Tilly Mezger and Schaller Real Estate Team. Additional thanks to Coldwell Banker, Dickson Realty, Tahoe Exclusive Properties, Tahoe Mountain Resorts and Better Homes and Gardens (Tahoe City) for serving as ticket outlets and Matt Waclo and Vance Fox for the beautiful photography. It is through community partnerships like this that the Excellence in Education is able to achieve its fundraising goals. Each year the Foundation raises money to provide grants, resources and partnerships that benefit students, teachers and the TTUSD educational community as a whole.Thank you, Excellence in Education Foundation Gateway Mountain Center says thanksThe Gateway Mountain Center provides Youth Development and Wellness Services to underserved and andamp;#8220;at-riskandamp;#8221; youth in the Truckee/Tahoe community. Our work would not be possible without the fantastic support of some great local businesses.We wish to express our gratitude for the generous support of Donner Lake Marina and Watersports and its proprietor, Rob Nishimori. With Robandamp;#8217;s support we were able to take our students from Sierra Continuation High School on a wonderful end-of-year retreat, a kayaking adventure on the East end of Donner Lake, and we look forward to our upcoming all school kayaking expedition this September. Big Thanks to Rob and his team for making these experiences possible for our local youth!andamp;#8212; Peter Mayfield, executive directorTHS Soccer Sunshine LetterThe Truckee High School Soccer program has completed two very successful fundraisers throughout the summer to prepare for the 2012 Fall Season including the 21st Annual Truckee Invitational Co-Ed Adult Tournament and the 6th Annual Sam Brixey Memorial Micro 6 Tournament. For these fundraisers to be successful, multiple local businesses extended their wonderful support through donations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the following institutions for the generosity.Gratitudes; Cabonaandamp;#8217;s; Bass; Images Salon; El Toro Bravo, Cake Tahoe; Trokay Caf; Wild Cherries; Tree House; The Niche; Bookshelf; Cat Walk; Boreal; Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows; The Village at Squaw; Museum of Art, Reno; Lawrence Hall of Science, Cal Berkeley; Squeeze In; Shell; Habana Cuba; Kombat Soccer; Tahoe Logowear; Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation District; and numerous individual volunteers!andamp;#8212; Truckee High School SoccerBrixey Tournament raises fundsThe Sam Brixey Memorial Soccer Tournament Committee would like to thank all of the volunteers and participants for their contributions to another incredibly successful tournament. More than $5,000 was raised to support the Truckee High School soccer program and to provide scholarships to deserving soccer student athletes. Special thanks go to Andy Wirth and Squaw/Alpine for their extremely generous support of the tournament.andamp;#8212; Sam Brixey Memorial Soccer Tournament CommitteeDear Editor, I facilitated a Junior Lifeguard summer camp at West End Beach on Donner Lake. The camp was a huge success, and I owe a world of thanks to the service organizations around the Truckee / Tahoe area for making it another great year for the kids and instructors. The Truckee Donner Recreation and Park Districtandamp;#8217;s Junior Lifeguard camp would not be nearly as successful without the help of the Truckee Fire District, the lifeguards at Sand Harbor, and the people stationed at Coast Guard, Lake Tahoe. Each one of these organizations opened its doors, ambulance bags, and boats to our kids in order to give them a glimpse into the world of saving lives. Our campers were able to test lifesaving equipment, ride rescue boats and Jet Skis, play with handcuffs, and experience a day in the life of a paramedic, lifeguard, firefighter, and a Coast Guard cadet. The participation of these groups made for a truly wonderful two weeks of camp. Thank you, it was great to meet everyone and I look forward to seeing you again next August! Sincerely, Amanda Oberacker, aquatic coordinatorTruckee Donner Rec andamp; Park District

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