Even when the last of the snow trickles down the mountains and into the crystal clear Tahoe Basin, Lake Tahoe is a breathtakingly spectacular sight – and let’s keep it that way! On a beautiful Sunday evening in Tahoe City, California and Incline Village, Nevada; the annual Tahoe Fund Summer Dinner and croquet party was held for this very purpose of preserving Tahoe. At this event, Founders Circle members of the non-profit Tahoe Fund achieved more than playing some intense games of croquet. Together, they donated $55,000 for three specific projects that will improve lake clarity and recreational opportunities in the Tahoe Basin! The money raised by the Fund is for shovel-ready public projects that require additional private support to be completed, and was in addition to the more than $120,000 raised by the dinner for the organization.
The three projects the Tahoe Fund chose to sponsor are the Blackwood Creek Restoration/Eagle Rock Trail on the West Shore, Incline/Third Creek Restoration at Incline Village, and the Rabe Meadow Bike Trail at Stateline. Because of the $30,000 raised for Blackwood Creek/Eagle Rock, they will be able to complete the trail. Rabe Meadow bike path at South Shore and the Third Creek/Incline Creek Restoration project on the east shore raised a combined $25,000 from donations at the dinner. Thanks to the generous donations, all of the projects have made it within reach of the amount needed for completion.
“It was a fabulous night to celebrate Tahoe,” said Cindy Gustafson, board chair of the Tahoe Fund. “We are only in our second year, but we are already seeing how powerful it is to connect people’s passion for Tahoe with on-the-ground projects that are really going to make a difference.”
Even California Governor Jerry Brown and U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Dean Heller showed their support by attending the party and personally thanking the donors for their aid to the Tahoe Fund, which raises private money for bike paths, hiking trails, restoration projects and stewardship education in the Tahoe Basin. The dinner was attended by over 200 people at Edgewood Tahoe’s historic Friday’s Station residence.
“I really want to ask you to participate,” Senator Feinstein urges those who care about Lake Tahoe. “Help us raise the private money.”
Donations of any amount are welcome by the Tahoe Fund; Founders Circle membership is open to supporters pledging $5,000 or more by the end of this year when the Founders Circle campaign concludes. Information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 775.298.0035. After all of the sweet powder days, endlessly-gorgeous hikes, and chill beach days Lake Tahoe has bestowed us, it is time to return the favor!