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Tahoe Womenandamp;#8217;s Services and Project MANA: Collaboration success story

Dawn Harris, Development ManagerTahoe Womenandamp;#8217;s Services
Sierra Sun file photoTim Hill and Scott Yorkey of Jakeandamp;#8217;s on the Lake served a chocolate surf and turf with shrimp seared in coco butter with a white chocolate wasabi and beef tenderloin with a coco nib, cumin crust and chocolate mole sauce at a Chocolate, Wine andamp; Roses Festival.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; What do chocolate, wine, roses and Hollywood have in common? Combine decadence with romanticism and add just a dash of vintage Hollywood glamour and you have the 22nd Annual Chocolate, Wine andamp; Roses Festival. Tahoe Womenandamp;#8217;s Services and Project MANA are collaborating for second year in a row to put on this important event that raises money for two local nonprofits that, together, combat violence and hunger in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. On Nov. 6, 2010, Tahoe Womenandamp;#8217;s Services and Project MANA will go Hollywood andamp;#8230; vintage Hollywood. Guests are encouraged to come as their andamp;#8220;innerandamp;#8221; Audrey Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe or other idol from the 30s, 40s and 50s. This yearandamp;#8217;s Chocolate, Wine andamp; Roses Festival is proudly sponsored by Dress the Part(y), your costume party headquarters, and Tahoe Blu, two local businesses that highly value the collaboration and its positive impact on the community.Last year, Tahoe Womenandamp;#8217;s Services and Project MANA came together because we believed collaboration would yield better results for our community than working alone. And it did. It is a true case study for a successful collaboration. By combining forces we used fewer resources. Instead of asking our supporters to come to two fundraisers, we invited you to attend one. Instead of going to businesses to request donations twice, we only went once. And, both organizations raised more money working together then working alone. Collaborationis the future Through collaboration, it is our goal to work more efficiently with the community and stop competing for resources to accomplish our separate missions. Furthermore, we are mindful of the economic crisis and its effects on our community and we strive to be sensitive to local businesses. Working together will help us avoid duplication and increase our efficiency in developing sustainable outcomes. It also increases our accountability to each other, our supporters and our community.The communitytruly benefitsGuests attending Chocolate, Wine andamp; Roses Festival will dine on delectable chocolate creations from eight of Tahoeandamp;#8217;s finest culinary artists and sample wines from 8-10 boutique wineries. The Hyattandamp;#8217;s sommelier, Kristi Snyder, promises to bring many new labels that are sure to please the palate and make excellent pairings with the chocolate creations. For a second year, catering will be provided by Moodyandamp;#8217;s and Baxterandamp;#8217;s Bistro andamp; Lounge. And, guests get to bid on tantalizing items in a live and silent auction.Please show your support for collaboration and for two organizations that are passionate about promoting a safe and healthy environment for the individuals and families in our community by attending the event, donating an auction item or volunteering. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Chocolate, Wine andamp; Roses Festival is Nov. 6, 2010 at The Chateau at Incline Village from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $75 with limited availability to the general public at http://www.tahoewomenservices.org. For more information, please call 775-298-0010.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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