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Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation grants $115,200 to local nonprofits

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TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; With a special focus on local youth development programs, the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation recently announced grants totaling $115,200 to 15 organizations through its winter 2011 granting cycle. This yearandamp;#8217;s top grant recipient is Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC), that was awarded a $30,000 grant. ARCandamp;#8217;s unique 40-day program is designed to support youth in gaining essential leadership and academic skills to support their equitable involvement in a diverse community and society. andamp;#8220;Weandamp;#8217;ve witnessed first hand the success of this program,andamp;#8221; TMRF Executive Director Neil Cunningham explained. andamp;#8220;The foundation has supported ARC for four years. Itandamp;#8217;s wonderful to see the results of this amazing program and how our financial support can make a tremendous difference.andamp;#8221;Other youth-oriented grant recipients include Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Tahoe, $10,000; Girls on the Run, $4,000; Get in the Act! Arts in Action, $2,500 and Jazz Artist in Residence, $7,500.The TMRF also awarded grants to outdoor focused groups including Disabled Sports USA Far West, $2,000; Northstar XC-Snowshoe Series, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, $7,500; Trails and Vistas, $1,000; Truckee Trails Foundation, $4,540 and Truckee River Watershed Council, $10,613. Additionally, grants were awarded to Project MANA, $3,550; Sierra Senior Services, $9,000 and Tahoe Family Solutions, $4,000.Cunningham said the TMRF board spends countless hours reviewing comprehensive grant applications and conducting personal interviews before making their final decisions. This year the Foundation has launched a donor club, Friends of the Foundations, to help supplement the Foundationandamp;#8217;s current grant giving. Cunningham said Friends will have an opportunity to serve as influential ambassadors for the Foundationandamp;#8217;s select philanthropic programs and outreach efforts. andamp;#8220;In addition to collectively making a significant contribution to the Foundationandamp;#8217;s vital mission, Friends will in turn receive elite benefits throughout the Truckee-North Tahoe region,andamp;#8221; Cunningham added.The Friends of the Foundation offers both a $10,000 and a $5,000 giving level and membership is open to just 30 donors at each level. Donor benefits include skiing, golfing, dining and cultural event privileges. The mission of Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation is to serve as a catalyst for community enhancement by providing leadership and funding which will enrich the quality of life in the Truckee andamp;#8211; North Tahoe region through cultural, environmental, educational and charitable pursuits. For more information on the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation and the Friends of the Foundation donor program, visit http://www.tmrfoundation.com.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com


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