Winston Churchill said it best when he quoted "We make a living by what we get; but we make a life by what we give." I was reminded of this quote recently when a parent told me that along with all the personal requests to Santa, her children are asked to also include a request for someone else. It can be a physical thing 'please bring my best friend a soccer ball so we can play together' or, as they've got older, a request for a cause or charity that they have become interested in. She hopes that this early reminder to think of others as well as themselves will teach a lifelong habit of concern for others and charity.
For those of you who have not seen the coverage in the local press, it was quite an opening day, with people lined up early in the morning to be the first through the doors, with goodie bags and saver cards for the first 300 visitors. If you have not yet been to check it out, then today is your day! On Wednesday 13th November, Whole Foods South Lake Tahoe is donating 5% of all their sales revenue to the Club. We are so excited to have created this partnership and to be chosen as one of Whole Foods' local charities. Indeed, we have been extremely impressed by how Whole Foods have approached local charitable giving with the opening of a store here.
Summer arrived just in time for our 3rd Annual Tahoe Brewfest on Saturday 1st June, and attracted over 4000 participants to the Heavenly Cal Lodge Parking Lot. In addition to samples from 38 breweries, attendees enjoyed great food from local food trucks, merchandise stalls, a photo booth, face painting, a silent disco, and live music by Ike and Martin and Dirty Cello. The majority of the attendees were tourists, speaking to the Brewfest’s ability to attract tourism dollars for the community on what has traditionally been a quiet weekend and taking some of the pressure off our locals - who already donate to so many of our charities. But local support is still key to the event’s success.
The Club is all about brave and bold new steps these days. Last year it was our supper program, in a couple of years it will be a brand new building, and today it is switching our Golf Classic silent auction to being ONLINE!