Sunshine Tahoe reports on 2012 Historical Haunted Tour successes

by Nicole Cheslock
(Tahoe Vista)

Greetings, Release below and attached on the tremendously successful fundraiser for Trails & Vistas and Truckee Donner Historical Society produced by Sunshine Tahoe!

Please save the dates - and join us - for Truckee's fifth annual Historical Haunted Tour, expected to be another sell out event on Oct. 17 and 18, 2013.

Record 400 attendees for the annual fundraiser for Trails & Vistas and Truckee Donner Historical Society produced by Sunshine Tahoe

Truckee, CA - Sold out four years in a row, Truckee's Historical Haunted Tour has raised more than $31,000 total for Trails & Vistas and the Truckee Donner Historical Society since 2009. The 2012 tour, launched from host sponsor Moody's Bistro, Bar & Beats on Oct. 18 and 19, 2012, raised $16,000 through cash sponsors, admission and raffle ticket sales.

"We captivate a crowd with engaging stories about Truckee," shares event producer Christina Stoever-Young of Sunshine Tahoe who attributes the tour's success to the incredible talent and dedication offered by all of the volunteers including tremendous support from Trails & Vistas and the Truckee Donner Historical Society. In
addition, she notes the Tour's incredible sponsors - The Richardson House, Squeeze In, Mountain Home Center, Chamber of Commerce, KidZone Children's Museum, Scraps Dog Bakery, Tahoe TV and Moody's - volunteer performers and trail leaders.

Nancy Tieken Lopez, founder of Trails & Vistas, explains the value of the fundraiser, "Proceeds from the Historical Haunted Tour support our mission to create the region's only art-hike, an exquisite experience that takes places in nature every September and it also makes our field trips with art, music, poetry and environmental studies possible for local third grade students."

"The Haunted Historical Tour provides our organization with needed funds to continue the preservation of historical documents and pictures and provides a working environment for any and all who want to research Truckee's colorful history," shares the Truckee Donner Historical Society.

The Historical Haunted Tour began as an experiment to support the two nonprofit organizations and provide an economic boost to historic Truckee in October. It has proven to be a successful fundraising initiative and favorite annual activity. In 2009, 70 tickets were
available. The tour sold out three weeks in advance. In 2010, 140 tickets were offered. Once again the tour sold out weeks in advance. In 2011, every resource was stretched to the max, and more than 290 tickets were sold. This year more than 400 people from near and far attended the guided walking tour.

Visitors from Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada and, of course, California attended this year's Tour. One attendee from Coos Bay, Oregon shared, "I can't choose a favorite! It was all a hoot" and another person shared, "I enjoyed it all. It was fun, entertaining from start to finish."

Event media coverage contributed to another sold out event thanks to the Tour's media partners - The Weekly, Moonshine Ink, Sierra Sun and Tahoe Truckee Radio. Each year new stories and haunts are featured. The 2012 tour included stops at the downtown Mountain Home Center, CoffeeBar, MOBO Law, Scraps Dog Bakery, Old Jail Museum and The Pour House. And, Moody's poured more than 400 glasses of wine over the two evenings!

Donated raffle items included lodging at The Richardson House, Riverside Inn, Truckee Hotel and Hampton Inn plus goodies from Squeeze In, KidZone Museum, The Pour House, Mark McLaughlin, Scraps Dog Bakery, Dorinda's Cafe and Johnstone Studios.

Volunteers, donors and attendees are encouraged to save the dates for Trails & Vistas 10th year anniversary on September 7 and 8, 2013 as well as next year's Historical Haunted Tour on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18, 2013. Tickets for Trails & Vistas will go on sale on July 1, 2013 and Historical Haunted Tour tickets will be available on Sept. 6, 2013.

The Historical Haunted Tour, produced by Sunshine Tahoe, is an annual fundraiser in Truckee, CA. The tour celebrates local history with a fun and spooky twist. During the tour, residents and visitors are guided to interesting sites, called haunts, where they hear tales performed by talented singers and performers. The script skillfully weaves together previously untold stories from the past with dramatic and funny twists and new haunts are featured every year. Sunshine Tahoe attribute the Tour's success and popularity to engaging storytelling and high quality performances. Sponsorship, ticket sales and raffle revenue offer the nonprofit beneficiaries operating revenue. For more information visit or call (775) 527-4485.

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