HEROs Host B&B Dinner

HEROs, the employee organization at Harrah’s/Harveys’ Casino Resorts, hosted Bread & Broth’s Monday Meal on October 30th through their sponsorship of an ‘Adopt A Day of Nourishment’.  B&B’s Adopt A Day program provides individuals, businesses, and organizations the opportunity to participate in hosting a hot and filling meal which provides nourishment and a welcoming and safe environment to any community member who attends a Monday Meal at St. Theresa Grace Hall.

The HEROs are a familiar sponsor organization; hosting 2 Adopt A Days annually and always sending a sponsor crew that is thoroughly professional, compassionate and a pleasure to work with.   At the 10/30 meal, the HEROs were represented by returning volunteers Jackie Andrews, Jeff Colamecu, and Darlene Winkelman.   The ‘newbie’ volunteer for the HEROs was Brad Budd and he jumped right in just like an experienced volunteer.

“It is far more rewarding to serve those in need directly,” commented Budd.  “In the past we have donated items or funds, however, working with the Bread & Broth team as well as helping our community is very impactful.”   B&B would like to thank the Harrah’s/Harveys’ HEROs for their generous donation of $250 and partnering with us in volunteering their time and energy to bring food and fellowship to our community members in need.

Heavenly Hosts Another Monday Meal

“It is a great feeling to know I work for a company that enjoys giving back to the community,” commented Chris Barbar.   Barbar is the assistant manager for Ticket Sales at Heavenly Mountain Resort and on October 23rd, through Heavenly’s Adopt A Day of Nourishment sponsorship, Chris spent another Monday helping Bread & Broth volunteers feed a tasty and filling spaghetti dinner to the evening’s 95 dinner guests.

Chris was joined by fellow Heavenly team members Meghan Madrid, product sales and services senior manager, and Kellie Rochioli, assistant manager for Ticket Sales, thanks to Vail Resorts commitment to encouraging their team members to support and be involved in non-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life for members of the local community.   Through Vail’s EpicPromise Grant program, Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts each sponsor six B&B Adopt A Days annually and always send outstanding sponsor crew members to participate in the meals setup, serving and cleanup.   

The three Heavenly sponsor crew members on 10/23 were no exception.  Chris, Meghan and Kellie were helpful, hardworking and fun to work with.   B&B is truly thankful for their partnership of over 8 years with Vail Resorts and its outstanding team members from Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts.

Adventure Mountain Helps Ease Hunger

The Mueller family really enjoys making people happy!   As owners of Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe, the sledding, tubing and snow play resort located at the top of Echo Summit, they provide winter activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Continuing their generous spirit of wanting to make people’s lives better, Linda and Jim Mueller host several Bread & Broth “Adopt A Day of Nourishment” sponsorships annually.   After hosting an AAD earlier in the year on May 5th, Linda and Jim along with their son, Max, were the hosts and volunteers for the Monday Meal at St. Theresa Grace Hall on October 16th.

“Bread & Broth provides a great service to the South Lake Tahoe Community and Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe is happy to help and play a part in giving back to our community,” commented Linda.   Unfortunately, many of our Tahoe South Shore neighbors are food insecure and live in constant survival mode. Thanks to the Mueller’s generous donation, their Monday Meal fed 95 folks who are vulnerable and were very much in need of a hot, nutritious meal.

The “Adopt A Day of Nourishment” program is a funding source for B&B’s Monday Meal.   In addition to the $250 donation, the AAD program offers sponsors the opportunity to participate at their dinner event giving them the ability to personally serve others, lend a hand at the meal and have a humbling and uplifting experience.   B&B would like to thank the Mueller’s and Adventure Mountain for their on-going support of B&B’s efforts to feed the hungry through the AAD program.

Rotary Club Partners with Bread & Broth

As an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, Bread & Broth greatly values the many partnerships that have developed over the 28 years that it has been feeding the needy in the Lake Tahoe South Shore community. These partnerships involve volunteering, donating food and funds and sponsoring Monday Meal Adopt A Day of Nourishment dinners.

Beginning in August, the Douglas Rotary Club began hosting the first of five Adopt A Days and on Monday, October 2nd , hosted its second meal. Over the course of the 5 sponsorships, the Rotary Club will be helping B&B to feed over 500 meals to individuals who attend B&B’s Monday Meal at St. Theresa Grace Hall. The generosity of the Rotary Club members and their commitment to bettering the lives of food-insecure members of our community are very much appreciated and lauded by B&B.
Representing the Rotary Club members at the October 2nd dinner were Randy Butler, Ellen Dauscher, Penny Echan, Keith Endlich and George Sariego and according to B&B volunteer, Gail Clair, they were a joy to work with. “Working at Bread & Broth was so inspirational and gratifying,” wrote Ellen. “It serves a great need in our community.

We would all be happy to help again anytime.” B&B looks forward to the Rotary Club’s next sponsorship on December 4 th.

Adopt-A-Day in Memory of Mac & Jack McDougall

Bread & Broth’s Monday Meal on October 9th was sponsored by Janet McDougall in memory of her parents, Mac and Jackie McDougall. “Mac and Jackie were very hospitable and loved to feed people,” said Janet. “They would love the Bread & Broth program for feeding people’s stomachs and souls.”

Although most people know that B&B provides nutritious dinners for the guests who come to St. Theresa Hall every Monday, the meals also are an important social outlet for those who attend the meals. The dinners bring people together and their casual exchanges over time develop into concern and support for each other and many friendships have evolved.

This social support and healthy food is made possible by the generosity of B&B’s Adopt A Day of Nourishment sponsors and volunteers who so willingly give of their time and energy to help and care for the disadvantaged in our community. At Janet’s memorial AAD, her sponsor crew included her brother John McDougall and good friends Flori Curran, Kathy Maston and Donarae Reynolds. This group would certainly make Mac and Jackie proud because they were an outstanding crew who worked really hard and were so kind and warm to the guests. According to Janet, “B&B is an exceptional
program and it’s a privilege to be a part of it!” B&B is so fortunate to have sponsors
who are as supportive as Janet.

Bread & Broth Thanks Sunbeam Blind Company

Bread & Broth would like to thank Kurt and Laura Rasmussen, owners of Sunbeam Blind Company, for their Monday Meal sponsorship on September 18th.   Laura shared her concern for those who experience hunger and hardship.  “Food insecurity is a big problem for some people.  We are always happy to help with Bread & Broth.”   

True to her word, Kurt and Laura have been sponsoring “Adopt A Day of Nourishments” for several years and serving on sponsor crews when the Lake Tahoe Windjammers Yacht is hosting an AAD dinner.   These two very active members of the Lake Tahoe South Shore community are representative of the concern shown by the many AAD sponsors and crew members who come on Monday evenings to assist the B&B volunteers in serving up to 120 meals weekly to folks struggling to make ends meet.

Joining Kurt and Laura were their good friends Debbie Strahm and John Borsi.  These four enthusiastic volunteers arrived at 3:00 at Grace Hall ready to help and make the dinner guests feel welcomed and cared for.  “This wonderful organization makes a positive difference for so many grateful folks who come to St. Theresa’s for a nutritious meal,” said Laura.  “We’ll be back again!  Thanks for this opportunity to share with our community.”   B&B always looks forward to seeing a Sunbeam Blind Company team hosting  an AAD dinner

Kirkwood Gives Back to Community

On Monday, September 11 th, Kirkwood Mountain Resort Base Operations team members
joined Bread & Broth volunteers serving the dinner guests who came to Grace Hall for a
delicious meal and the companionship of fellow diners. The diners were in for a real
treat when the B&B cooks whipped up fried catfish and french fries which received rave
reviews from the meal’s guests.

The nutritious and tasty dinner was made possible by Kirkwood’s “Adopt A Day of
Nourishment” sponsorship which is just one of the many ways that Vial Resorts gives
back to the Lake Tahoe South Shore community. Encouraging employee volunteerism
is an integral part of Vail’s commitment to their resort communities and B&B always
looks forward to the amazing Vail team members who assist at the sponsorship meals.
Kirkwood’s Base Operations sponsor team crew was no exception. The team consisted
of Brian Bigley, director; Christian Neville, administration; David McCullers, security
manager; Tim Edison, transportation/parking manager; and Branden Gardella, building
maintenance manager. “We are proud to work together with this wonderful
organization giving back to our community” was the collective response from this
awesome team. B&B is thrilled to have this on-going partnership with Vail and its
committed and hardworking employees.

Heavenly Hosts B&B Dinner

Another Bread & Broth Monday Meal and another Adopt A Day of Nourishment sponsored by Heavenly Mountain Resort.   Thanks to funding provided by Vail’s EpicPromise grant, Heavenly Mountain Resort hosted B&B’s Monday Meal on August 28th.   Signing up to support the B&B volunteers were Heavenly’s Hospitality Market team members Michelle Beall, Chris Eckert, Katie Ficeto and Carley Piper.   

The sponsor’s $250 donation helps to pay for the food, supplies and utility costs that are needed to provide the full course, nutritious meal that fed the dinner guests that arrived at Grace Hall for the evening’s dinner.   The guests were treated to roast beef covered in gravy, roasted potatoes, broccoli, and a beautiful fruit salad, all lovingly prepared by B&B’s talented cooks and warmly served by Heavenly’s sponsor crew.

According to Chris Eckert, he and his team members were excited about their experience at the Heavenly sponsored dinner.  “Experienced the connection with the community.  Recognized people we see out in the community and are stoked we are able to help and support our South Lake Tahoe neighbors.”   Chris and his team members were really helpful and were kept busy serving the 106 dinner guests and then dishing out ‘seconds’ to 33 diners who returned for another serving.  Kudos to Heavenly and their sponsor crew members for their dedication to improving the quality of life for those struggling with hunger.

Liberty Utilities Gives Back to Community

“Here at Liberty, one of our core values is community. We are all part of this
community and enjoy participating by giving back whenever we can.” This was the
collaborative comment given by the sponsor crew members from the Adopt A Day of
Nourishment host Liberty Utilities at their sponsorship dinner on August 21.

Representing Liberty Utilities were team members Theresa Faegre, James Martin and
Kelsey Zieba who had a fun time serving the Solar Eclipse themed dinner proved by
Bread & Broth’s creative and talented cooks.

Taking advantage of the excitement of the Monday solar event, the B&B Monday Meal
menu featured eclipse chicken, half moon salad, cosmic fruit salad, lunar luscious
zucchini, galaxy garlic bread and out of this world desserts. In addition to staffing the
serving line, the Liberty crew helped with bagging fruits, vegetables, dairy products,
canned goods and bread and pastries for the food “giveaway” bags and ending their
evening with the meal’s cleanup.

It is always a treat to have a sponsor crew that is excited and happy about donating
their time and effort to help their neighbors who struggle with hunger. Through
Liberty Utilities’ donation of $250 to help cover the costs of their sponsorship dinner,
B&B was able to welcome and feed over 100 community members full-course and
nutritious meal. Kudos to Liberty Utilities and their incredible volunteer crew for their
commitment to their community.

Rotarians Partner with B&B

The Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club is partnering with Bread & Broth by hosting five Adopt A Day of Nourishment sponsorships over the next ten months.   “The Tahoe-Douglas Club is happy to support Bread & Broth’s wonderful program and looks forward to a strong relationship with B&B and its fantastic volunteers,” commented Ashley Colvin, Rotary’s acting president.   Hosting the Monday Meal dinners which serve the less fortunate of our community aligns with the club’s mission to serve others by working side by side with the community on local service projects.

On August 7th, the Rotary Club hosted their first AAD and volunteering along with Ashley at the dinner were fellow Rotarians Chris Croft, Matt Grime, Greg Felton and Paul Thibodeau.  In addition to serving the community, the Rotary Club encourages their members to “focus on fun and fellowship in all we do”.   True to form, these five volunteers enjoyed their time welcoming and serving the 85 dinner guests who came for a tasty and filling meal at St. Theresa Grace Hall.

B&B is very thankful for the support that the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club is providing to our organization.  Partnerships through the AAD program provide both monetary and volunteer support which guarantees our Monday Meal dinners will continue to be provided to help ease hunger for our food insecure community members.   B&B is looking forward to the Rotary’s next AAD sponsorship in October.