On Tuesday, July 24th, Patty Sue Mozart hosted a cocktail party at her stunning lakeside home to identify possible community leaders and board members for Make-A-Wish in the Lake Tahoe/Reno area. Spanning from the Oregon border all the way to Monterey County, the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area chapter happens to be one of the largest and most successful chapters within the organization making over 340 wishes come true last year alone. Executive Director Patricia Wilson and Development Director David Hatfield drove up from San Francisco to inspire the guests with touching anecdotes about their valuable work. Also on hand from San Francisco were YPAC Chairman Aimee Berger and advisory board member and longtime supporter Billy Harris.
Guests from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento Valley, Nevada and of course, Lake Tahoe enjoyed white and red wines, delicious hors d’oeuvres such as crab cakes, salmon with cream cheese, vegetable spring rolls and other tasty bits from local caterer Paul Selak. Everyone was grateful for the beautiful sunny afternoon which almost didn’t happen due to presence of severe hail storms the day before. Among the guests were Michael and Marilyn Cabak, Craig and BJ Miller, Brian and Alice Johnson, Bernie and Sheila Sloop, Pat and Florence Buckman and other full and part-time locals.
Key supporters such as Reno’s Dick Wilson and Joyce Trombley also showed up to support the cause and everyone’s emotions got a bit stirred upon listening to Patricia’s account of a wish that had recently been granted to a young boy suffering from cancer. Dylan simply wanted to see snow – about four days before a major life-threatening surgery. When it hadn’t snowed for over a month, thereby making the snow icy and rendering the boy unable to build a snowman and making him visibly upset, The Ritz-Carlton’s staff noticed and graciously came to the rescue with shovels, turned the snow and instantly brought happiness to a young boy’s life. Such are the wishes this wonderful organization provides and they range in scope from helping a child keep up with their schoolwork via computer during hospital stays, a family trip for a well-deserved respite to Hawaii, to something as simple as seeing snow for the first time. The impact they make in a young person’s life however, is priceless. - Victor Vargas