Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wanna live in Tahoe for $150?


Club in Need of Community and Regional Support

(South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – The future is at stake for the Boys & Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe ( Despite budget cuts, staff reductions, belt-tightening and a creative fundraiser to raffle a $650,000 home in Tahoe; projected measures show the club is likely to see a drastic reduction in services – up to 70% – and an enrollment cut from 800 to 200 children.

To supplement local donations and grants to fund its programs, last year the club initiated a home raffle as a major fundraiser and source of self-sufficiency. With the current economy, raffle participation has not generated the type of support necessary for the club to fully fund itself. The success of the raffle will determine the long-term future of the Lake Tahoe chapter of the Boys & Girls Club.

“At this point, we need every adult in Tahoe to purchase a ticket and spread the word to keep our chapter in the black and maintain services for all kids throughout the year,” said Steve Rude, BGCLT board president. “We need to sell 7,000 raffle tickets and we still have 5,000 to go.”

Home raffle tickets are on sale for $150 each, or two for $200: a feasible way to get into a $650,000 house in Tahoe during these tough times. If less than 7,000 tickets are sold, the raffle winner will be awarded $100,000.

The Boys & Girls Club offers programs and services that promote and enhance the development of children by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness and belonging. The BGCLT addresses the increasing number of kids left unattended after school in the South Lake Tahoe community as an affordable, positive option for families.

Tickets can be purchased until 5:30 p.m. PST on Sunday, Mar. 1. The winner will be announced Saturday, Mar. 21 at 12 p.m. Entry forms are available online at or by contacting Boys & Girls Club at 530-542-0808. Enter to win by faxing or mailing entry forms the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe: P.O. Box 17846, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151. Ticket orders can be faxed to 530-542-9185.

The new home is a 2,100 sq. ft. three-bedroom, two and a half bath with mountain and forest views in a quiet neighborhood. A perfect primary residence or second home, it’s located 15 minutes from downtown activities, the lake and award winning ski resorts.

“We’re hoping for another miracle,” said Karen Houser, BGCLT executive director. “We realize the economy is tight but South Shore has great capacity to share. Hopefully, the community will help us stay operational for kids and families,” she continued, “even if it’s just telling friends and family about our raffle.”

Raffle ticket purchases make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, weddings, or any special occasion. Visit or call 530-542-0808 to learn more.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jenna Palacio

Weidinger Public Relations 775-588-2412

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