The River Ranch Lodge a big player in community fundraising in Truckee Tahoe | SierraSun.com

The River Ranch Lodge a big player in community fundraising in Truckee Tahoe

The River Ranch has paired up with Disabled Sports for the past 15 years with proceeds from the Wild Winter Wednesday raffle benefitting Disabled Sports USA/Far West.

Just more than a $1,000 was raised from the raffle at the Snow Sculpture Contest and $3,500 was the total for the Wild Winter Wednesday season.

Two Wild Winter Wednesdays were dedicated to Breast Cancer Research and Awareness where both Barbara Weedn and Julia Walter each raised aabout $800 toward their fees to participate in Avon Walks in July and September.

On May 7, from 6-9:30 p.m. the River Ranch Lodge will be hosting the 2nd Annual A-Deck-Affair which is a joint Truckee Elementary and Glenshire Elementary Schools benefit: $16,500 was raised last year for student education with 300 tickets sold. Buy your ticket for this yearand#8217;s event at $35 for casual food, music and auction on the patio.

The Humane Society of Truckee- Tahoe has been the beneficiary of the and#8220;Truckee Duckee Derbeeand#8221; for six years with more than $2,000 raised last year. The and#8220;Dogs in Duds Contestand#8221; doggie costume contest was added annd was a huge success. The 2010 event takes place Sunday, June 6 from 1-5 p.m. on the River Ranch patio with live music all afternoon and a raffle following the race.

In addition, the River Ranch launched a and#8220;Dining for Communityand#8221; fundraising program last fall, reaching out to local nonprofit groups with 30 percent donated rom participating guestsand#8217; food portion going back to the organization. Girls on the Run, Arts for Schools and the Truckee River Watershed Council were a few of the organizations that participated and collectively raised more than $600 while enjoying a great dining experience. The programs will be starting again with Spring underway so be sure to contact the River Ranch if you are interested in being a part.

The River Ranch is located at the corner of Hwy 89 and Alpine Meadows Road in between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley and is open weekends for lunch and nightly for dinner. Call (530) 583-4264 for more information.

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