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SIGN-UP NOW: Christmas Tree Recycling 2016 / 2017

Published by Christina on December 16, 2016, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

After the holiday rush, be a part of giving back to our community and environment by volunteering for one of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful’s largest programs, Christmas Tree Recycling.

Ask a few friends, family and/or colleagues to join you for a few hours of truly unique camaraderie that can only be acquired by schlepping trees in chilly temperatures for the beautification of our community.

 HOLIDAYS FROM KTMB!
Volunteering for KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling is a fun and festive way to give back to your community this holiday season.
Each year KTMB recruits over 500 volunteers for this important community program that keeps thousands of trees out of the landfill. We still need many more volunteers. Sign up today.
Volunteers are needed to help unload and stack trees, and collect donations at our three main sites: Rancho San Rafael Park, Bartley Ranch Park and Shadow Mt. Sports Complex in Sparks.
The program runs every day from Dec 26 – Jan 16.  Drop off sites are open from 9am-4:30pm. There are two volunteer shifts per day – 9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm.
You can sign up by visiting ktmb.org/volunteer or calling (775) 851-5185.
KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling is sponsored by

Power of the Purse 2016

Published by Christina on October 31, 2016, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects, Uncategorized

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The Nevada Women’s Fund annual Power of the Purse event is Reno’s premiere holiday shopping experience. This is a GREAT event to get a head start on holiday shopping while donating to a locally focused organization.

This year the Nevada Women’s Fund brings together local boutiques, artisans and vendors selling one-of-a-kind gifts, hand-made artisan jewelry, fashion items, specialty foods, beauty products, home décor and much more. “We are thrilled to showcase 88 vendors, 20 of them new to the event, with a variety of products at the 9 th annual Power of the Purse event. Combined with our incredible purse raffle, this event is the ultimate girl’s night out where connecting local vendors with unique gifts and local shoppers is a win-win for our community and the Nevada Women’s Fund mission,” said Tiffany East, board member and Chair of the 2016 Power of the Purse event. “We are looking forward to another fun evening with friends and supporters.”

Living up to its namesake, a raffle of 30 unique and quality brand name purses including, Coach, Michael Kors, Cole Haan, Kate Spade, Dooney and Bourke, Brahmin, Calvin Klein, Tory Burch and more, marks the highlight of the event.

Power of the Purse is the ultimate girl’s night out while also being a family-friendly excursion with the twopronged goal of supporting local businesses and benefiting the NWF’s mission. Last year, over 1,000 people attended with expectations for it to surpass that this year. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada Women’s Fund’s mission of inspiring achievement in local women and families. Shop, wine and dine all while supporting local vendors, local women and families and a local foundation.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door and includes holiday fare and two complimentary beverages. To purchase tickets visit http://nevadawomensfund.org/ or call the Nevada Women’s Fund at 775-786-2335.

Founded in 1982 the Nevada Women’s Fund has championed the needs of women and children, helping them to reach their full potential as productive citizens. In its 34-year history the organization has  awarded $3.5 million in community grants to 151 community non-profit organizations and $3.6 million in educational scholarships to 1,559 northern Nevada women.    The Nevada Women’s Fund 770 Smithridge Drive—Suite 300 Reno, Nevada 89503 775-786-2335 www.nevadawomensfund.org

 

Spin Games and Sunshine Tahoe Invite YOU to Raise the River

Published by Christina on June 29, 2016, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

KTMB Announces Inaugural Fundraiser

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Join Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) and Mark Estee Events for an evening of culinary delight in the Sensory Garden

  Guests will enjoy culinary delights by chef Mark Estee’s Mark Estee Events, local craft libations, entertainment, and sensory activities at the Sensory Garden in Idlewild Park, Reno on Thursday August 18, 2016.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful has been a voice for beautification through education and active community involvement for over 25 years. With the help and support of the City of Reno Parks and Recreation, KTMB broke ground on the Sensory Garden in 2012 turning it into a permanent fixture in Reno to teach children about local ecosystems, watersheds, and pollinators through their five sense.

“The community has really come together to make this an amazing, unique and local-focused event” said Christi Cakiroglu, KTMB Executive Director. “We are grateful for the support of our featured event sponsors Wells Fargo and Dolan Auto Group, who recognize the importance of a clean and beautiful community. This fundraiser will help us raise much needed funds to continue our beautification and education efforts in the Truckee Meadows”.

The event will have sensory stations that are themed for taste, touch, smell, sight and sound, and will feature unique activities by the five sensory sponsors Nevada Mining Association, Spin Games, Granite Construction, NV Energy, and Moana Nursery.

Tickets and tables are on sale now, and can be purchased at ktmb.org/raisetheriver.

 

Nevada Women’s Fund Board Appointment, 2016

Published by Christina on February 1, 2016, in General, Recent Projects

I was recently invited to join the Nevada Women’s Fund (NWF) Board of Directors, a new position that I’m honored to hold. This particular organization holds a very near and dear place within my heart. In the 1990’s, I was honored to graduate from the Nevada Women’s Fund Professional Development Series. The course, which took place over the course of almost one-year, changed my life for the better in so many extraordinary ways. I was challenged, professionally and personally, and was fortunate to experience the program with extraordinary women, all fellow leaders within our community. Empowerment was the name of the game and identifying needs while providing opportunities within our region was our first priority.

Since 1983, approximately $3.4 million in grants has been awarded to 150 community organizations or programs providing assistance to women and children. NWF has awarded nearly $3.6 million in scholarships to 1,480 women. Most NWF scholarship recipients are re-entry women and single mothers who have not had the opportunity to complete their educations due to family issues and/or financial constraints.

The Nevada Women’s Fund works with community donors and supporters to raise financial contributions and other resources to support northern Nevada women and families. Critical social needs are identified and addressed through awards of individual education scholarships and community grant making to community non-profit organizations that share the NWF mission to strengthen and empower our community.

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The Nevada Women’s Fund is dedicated to strengthening our community by empowering women to improve their lives and those of their families.

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Founded in 1982 by concerned women who wanted the best for the women and families of northern Nevada, NWF was established to correct the then national imbalance of financial distribution from traditional resources that resulted in less than 6% of grants going to women and children.  Since 1983, NWF distributions are near $6.9 million.

NWF works with community donors and supporters to raise financial contributions and other resources to support northern Nevada women and families. We identify critical social needs and address them through award of individual education scholarships and grant making to northern Nevada non-profit organizations that share the NWF mission to strengthen and empower our community.

The Nevada Women’s Fund makes philanthropy simple to inspire achievement in hopeful women and families.

I look forward to further serving my community through this new appointment, I know the organization will continue to change lives. NWF welcomes contributions at all levels. Read more about our work and how you can help at Nevada Women’s Fund.

Truckee’s 2015 Historical Haunted Tour Another Wicked Success

Published by Christina on September 20, 2015, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

The 2015 Historical Haunted Tour was another sell-out affair. Thank you for supporting Truckee’s most notorious fall event.

“Expect clandestine affairs, carousing, gun fights, and unforgettable stories,” shares original tour producer Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe.

Sunshine Tahoe partners with Trails & Vistas to support local arts education.  As a sponsor of the Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, Sunshine Tahoe will support Art in Nature field trips for 400 local students.

TRUCKEE, CA – Sunshine Tahoe is pleased to announce a partnership with local non-profit Trails & Vistas to sponsor the 2015 Truckee Haunted Historic Tour, the primary fundraiser for the Art in Nature field trips benefiting 400 local third-grade students.

The sixth annual Truckee Haunted Historic Tour will have attendees nervously shifting in their boots with its exploration of the town’s darker past on October 15 and 16, 2015. This sell-out event harkens back to days gone by when local law enforcement kept order on the streets – but just barely. Tickets and more information are available at www.truckeehistorytour.org.

The Truckee Haunted Historic Tour is the original production created by Sunshine Tahoe as an immersive experience to celebrate the town’s historic gems. Now produced by Trails & Vistas, it is the signature fundraiser for the organization, whose mission is to inspire community by celebrating the arts in nature.

The Art in Nature field trips foster creative interaction between the students and our natural environment through art. By offering projects in the arts, poetry, and environmental studies, the field trips celebrate the land and culture of the Sierra Nevada and instill a sense of community among the participants. The field trips take place at Sand Harbor State Park each fall.

“Working with Christina Stoever-Young has helped move our non-profit to the next level by improving the organization of our events, expanding our activities, and building an annual fundraiser. Christina is always there to lend an expert ear, challenging us to do better while cheering us on with her positive energy, advice, feedback,” Nancy Tieken Lopez, artistic director of Trails & Vistas said.

Sunshine Tahoe is a business designed to enhance partnerships, strengthen exposure, inspire creativity and captivate well intended efforts ripe for success. Sunshine Tahoe has supported Trails & Vistas for almost a decade and also served as the original producer and funder of the Truckee Haunted Historic Tour from 2009-2014.

Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge, Sunshine Tahoe Sponsors First Ever Equestrian Team

Published by Christina on June 9, 2015, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

Sunshine Tahoe Sponsors 2015 Equine Team

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Christina and Charlie

Sunshine Tahoe is thrilled to sponsor the first ever Equine Team for the 2015 Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) Challenge, the first 50 riders to sign-up will become an Equine Trail Ambassador and receive a free team membership.

“Sunshine Tahoe is always trying to find unique ways to sponsor organizations ripe for success and eager to serve the community-  at-large,” said Christina Stoever-Young, owner  of Sunshine Tahoe.   “The goal of this particular team is to develop a camaraderie among riders and share trail highlights, request riding partners, post photos and videos within the team section, learn about regional equine events and receive special perks provided exclusively by Sunshine Tahoe.”  To join or for more information, email sunshinetahoeriders@gmail.com.

TRTC Sunshine Tahoe Riders. Spooner Trail. Char Myers, Pat Cox, Terry Hernandes, Hanna Bernard, Terri Alexakos, Laura Sperry, Joan Shadler, DiAnna Huntsman, Petra Keller

TRTC Sunshine Tahoe Riders. Spooner Trail. Char Myers, Pat Cox, Terry Hernandes, Hanna Bernard, Terri Alexakos, Laura Sperry, Joan Shadler, DiAnna Huntsman, Petra Keller

Petra Keller on her beloved "Red" leading the group on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Petra Keller on her beloved “Red” leading the group on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

About the Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge

The third annual Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge is now open for enrollment and now is the time to start planning summer fun on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Whether this is your first or third year, you are invited to take on Tahoe’s next big challenge, and explore some of the best pieces the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail has to offer. Once again, the challenge will take you on an exploration around the rim with our six featured hikes, bikes and rides with each highlighting something unique to Lake Tahoe. Highlights include: Amazing panoramic vistas, alpine lakes and creeks, wildflower-infused meadows, lush waterfalls, unique geology, and historical landmarks. Depending upon the trail and season, you can hike, bike, ride horseback, ski or snowshoe to complete each challenge site all in one year.

The 2015 TRT Challenge includes all of your favorite aspects from the past two years as well as a few changes. Membership includes: six challenge hikes with maps and trail descriptions; including Trail Blazer (2-6 miles) & Trail Explorer (6-12 miles) routes, tracking and sharing your challenge in the Tahoe Rim Trail Community, a 2015 tech T-shirt, guided hikes, a one-year membership with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and special invites to our summer, “Where’s McLeod? Giveaway Days.” Individual registration costs $55 per-year, family rates start at $85 and group or business team’s start at $100. Please contact the Tahoe Rim Trail Association office at 775.298.4485 or info@tahoerimtrail.org with registration questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Joins Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Advancement Committee, April 2015

Published by Christina on April 29, 2015, in General, Recent Projects

I am pleased to be a part of an organization that is near and dear to my heart, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB). As a former board member, the option to once again join the star power of this organization upon moving back to the Truckee Meadows was an easy decision. This will be the first of many insightful posts pertaining to KTMB.

About KTMB:  Started by the Biggest Little City Committee, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful was founded in 1989 as Western Nevada Clean Communities (WNCC). A clean community was one of the Committee’s major priorities, and they began the Adopt-A-Park program to involve citizens in hands-on volunteer activities to spruce up parks and the Truckee River.

Based on the success of the Adopt-A-Park program, and realizing the entire community would benefit from a year-round focus on the issue of cleanliness, the Committee set about developing a new, separate organization affiliated with Keep America Beautiful and in January 1989, WNCC officially became the organization we know and love today: Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB).

In 2014, we celebrated 25 years of stewardship in Northern Nevada and are more dedicated than ever to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement. All of our programs are geared toward educating the public about the economic and health hazards of litter and illegal dumping; reducing our waste; eliminating trash from our parks, roadways and open spaces; making our community a beautiful and safe place to live; and giving opportunities for residents and businesses to take pride and ownership in their home.

KTMB works with more than 3,000 volunteers from Northern Nevada and neighboring areas every year. For more information on how you can get involved as a volunteer or donate to our community-funded organization, contact us!

Open House at Spin Games

Published by Christina on January 12, 2015, in Case Studies, General, Recent Projects, Social Media, Startups

NCET STYLE –

And since we’re in gaming, a few games will be on-hand for your entertainment. Winners will receive gift certificates to Squeeze In, Campo and Coffeebar Reno

From NCET – Reno startup, Spin Games, is at the forefront of new gaming technology. Its core technology was developed to address the need for mobile technology for the $200 million for-wager industry; Spin Games is also using that same technology to build applications for the $3 billion social gaming industry. (Yes, you read that right – the social gaming, non-wager gaming industry is much larger than the for-wager industry!)

Join us at Tech Wednesday on January 14 for a look at Spin Games’ new office space at 100 Washington Street. Hear how this small, local company is revolutionizing gaming with HTML5-based technology that is transforming the way gaming content is delivered. Spin Games has created such technologies as (MIG) Multi-player Interactive Gaming TM, multi-level progressives, and new applications that allow players to use their own mobile devices to play community-based games for-wager or social gaming. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the mathematicians, programmers, engineers, graphic artists and the local team that brings these games to life. (Spin Games also has a creative center in Bangkok, Thailand.)

Company President Kent Young will share his perspective on the future of gaming and discuss how casinos are evolving to embrace mobile gaming. He has worked in the industry for more than 25 years and is affectionately known as the “penny slot guy” for his role in bringing the popular games to the U.S. market. His expertise in finding new niches in which to evolve is the driving force behind Spin Games. Learn more about Spin Games at spingames.net Register today – Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 5:30 > 7:30 * $15 – NCET members
* $25 – non-members
* $10 – Children under 18 accompanied by parent or adult guardian NCET events have been selling out! RSVP early so you don’t miss this great event. NCET members receive substantial discounts on NCET events and your membership pays for itself quickly. Join NCET now and save! Spin Games Reno
100 Washington St.,
Reno, NV 89501, USA.

The fine print:

  • We encourage you to pay in advance as there’s a $10 service charge if you pay at the door.
  • No-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation unless cancelled at least 48 hours before the event.

For more information, contact NCET at (775) 453-0130 or info@NCET.org

 

Truckee’s 2014 Historical Haunted Tour is a Wrap – Five Years of Phenomenal Success

Published by Christina on October 24, 2014, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

Truckee’s Infamous Historical Haunted Tour Hosted Over 450 Guests

Trails and Vistas, Sunshine Tahoe, Truckee residents and attendees from near and far enjoyed another sell-out event – this year to a global audience. A gracious thank you to our volunteers, sponsors and donors the ensure the success of this fundraiser. More details to follow, in the meantime please mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 1, 2015 and book your tickets early at our website, Truckee History Tour.

Truckee's Historical Haunted Tour Longest Running Sponsor, Squeeze In, Enjoying a Night on the Town

Don’t Miss Truckee’s 2014 Historical Haunted Tour

Published by Christina on October 2, 2014, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects, Startups

Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17

$40 | Tours every 15 minutes starting at 4:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour and 45 minutes.

The Weekly Magazine, by Nicole Cheslock

During Truckee’s heyday, murders were not uncommon. Though the spirits that still roam the streets are not all suffering souls, there are a few restless phantoms of the night. In years past, they’ve been known to creep up from behind when least expected.

Designed to tap your senses and satiate your desire for fun, Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour is a fundraiser for Trails & Vistas, a nonprofit organization that sponsors fieldtrips for third grade students and produces an annual September art hike that incorporates music, art and dance.

The action begins at Moody’s
If you’re lucky enough to score tickets for this adults-only event that usually sells out, you are in for a treat with captivating skits inspired by legends of yore at seven featured haunts that are all within walking distance of Moody’s Bistro, Bar and Beats.

Saddle up to the bar at Moody’s and keep your eyes wide open for the Lady in Red. Deceased at the hands of her husband, she frequents the bar every now and then and you just might catch a glimpse of her.

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“After a one-year hiatus, this year’s highly anticipated performances will take place in new featured haunts including Bluestone Jewelry, LaGalleria and Tahoe Oil and Spice, while returning to previous favorites including BeSpoke, Masonic Lodge 200, The Truckee Hotel and The Railroad Depot,” shares event producer Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe, a business designed to enhance partnerships, strengthen exposure and inspire creativity.

With a creative flair based on, but not necessarily deeply rooted in, fact, characters and historic tales come to life through songs, dances and entertaining dialogue. People from as far away as Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Arizona join Nevada and California residents for a rip-roaring good time in Truckee.

“I’ve never thought of Truckee as a historical exclamation point. However, the tour was enlightening, engaging and entertaining,” shared Mary Taitano, a Reno resident. “This quaint little town harbors family histories that would widen even the most unenthused eyes. Who knew Truckee had as sordid a past as the rest of us?”

Expect to weave in and out of historic sites as this year’s theme, guarded by only those who need to know, links the saloons, stories and brothels of yesteryear. Truckee, past and present, is tied to the tracks laid through town so long ago. Some things haven’t changed – rents were outrageous, one saloon paying a rental of $500 a month nearly 100 ago, and for many, money was plentiful.

After all, Truckee attracted those looking for a good time and was known all over the West for a bustling lumber industry, transcontinental railroad, icehouses and red light district.

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“There would be many years of work for hardworking lumber, ice and railroad workers – who made more than enough cash to enjoy town employing the ladies of the night … It is said you can still hear headboards going ‘Ji-boom, Ji-boom, Ji-boom,’ ” shares one of the guides from the tour’s script.

Though fires swept through buildings, the flames did not keep rowdy folks away. All species of vice flourished back in the day.

The lawlessness gave birth to the “601,” an organization formed to purge undesirables. Members of the 601 would sometimes break prisoners out of jail to bring them to Hooligan Rock where they would threaten the criminals, sometimes even tar and feathering their victims, before pushing them out of town.

What, you wonder, does 601 stand for? Six feet under, zero tolerances and one bullet. Chances are high you will hear their gunshots on Oct. 16 and 17.

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Drop the kids off
The KidZone Museum is offering a Not So Haunted Night at the Museum from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 offering childcare with pizza, art and activities for ages 3 to 6. The cost is $30 per child and $25 per child for Tour attendees. Additional siblings are $10 each. Kids are encouraged to come in costume. To make a reservation, call (530) 587-5437.

Background
The Historical Haunted Tour began as a three-year experiment by Sunshine Tahoe to celebrate Truckee’s historic gems while raising funds for worthy causes. The event quickly became a sensation, selling out and attracting a waitlist list every year since inception.

“The Tour is a creative fundraising event that celebrates local legends and history with highly entertaining and spooky twists. And, we’ve raised more than $31,000 over the years,” explains Stoever-Young, who attributes the success to the world-class acting talent, generous volunteers and business sponsors.

Moody’s doors are open for business. Join the cast of characters on the nights of the infamous Historical Haunted Tour. I dare you.

For more information or to get your tickets while there’s still time, visit truckeehistorytour.org. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine from Moody’s and a keepsake and gift certificate to Squeeze In. For a video on the tour, visit vimeo.com/105266757.

 

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