Minden Block Party To Benefit Local Charities & Non-Profits Aug. 18

by Joey Crandall, joey@carsonvalleytimes.com · 3 min read

MINDEN, Nev. — Come Aug. 18, a pair of summer event fundraisers will join forces to throw one big block party in downtown Minden.

Mike Schiller’s 2017 Main Street Event car show — an event with roots in the Valley going back 29 years — will line Esmeralda Avenue from 4 p.m. into the later hours of the evening that Friday night, while the Douglas Center for Hope and Healing, along with the Carson Valley Active 20/30 Club, will present the Summerfest Brats, Bands & Brews at Minden Park from 4 to 8 p.m.

“This year, we got to talking about it and just decided to combine our efforts for these two great events,” Douglas Center for Hope and Healing’s Executive Director Jodi Wass said.

Mike Schiller and Jodi Wass at the Douglas Center For Hope & Healing last month.

“We just took a look at what we were trying to do and figured out if we could combine our efforts, we could make things easier and make a bunch more money for charities,” Schiller said.

Schiller said the car show, which used to stretch out over the course of a weekend, has been condensed down to a single night.

“Friday night was always the funnest part,” he said. “It’s real simple, I charge people $20 per car to come in and park on Esmeralda for the show and any money made is donated to charity.”

Cars of any year or make are welcomed to be a part of the show.

“Traditionally, car shows only accept cars made in 1969 or earlier,” Schiller said. “My opinion has always been, if you have something you want to show off, bring it down. Someone will see it, and like it and want to talk to you about it.”

Schiller noted that Chris Bently brought down a trio of Teslas last year.

“Everyone really enjoys it.”

No registration is required and cars can show up the day of the event.

“Just show up, and for $20 we’ll let you park on Esmeralda or somewhere around the park,” Schiller said, adding that the show generally draws around 100 cars.

Tri-tip sandwiches will be available for purchase on the end of Esmeralda near The Corner Bar. Mixed Company will provide live music in front of The Corner Bar.

“When it starts to get dark, the whole corner is just full of people dancing,” Schiller said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

An entry in the car show. Photo courtesy of Mike Schiller.

At Minden Park, brats and brews will be the order of the evening. Cost is $5 for brats or hot dogs and $25 ($20 pre-sale) for a set of beer tasting wristbands.

Live music will be provided on the gazebo stage by Trippin’ King Snakes with Jakota Wass serving as the opening act.

There will also be a silent auction and Wass said organizers are still accepting items and sponsorships for the event.

This marks the seventh year of operation for the Douglas Center for Hope and Healing.

“We provide free grief support groups twice a month to children, teens and adults,” Wass said.

The non-profit conducts an annual grief camp at Lake Tahoe for children ages 7 to 17, makes home visits and puts together age- and developmentally appropriate backpacks filled with materials such as stuffed animals and grief journals to help both children and adults through their grief process.

Their reach expands outside of the Valley to serve South Lake Tahoe, Dayton and Yerington as well.

“Our motto is to not charge for our services,” Wass said. “We’ve never charged for our services, and we’re only able to do that through fundraisers like these, donations from the community and grants.”

Wass said another frequent area of need is for volunteers.

“Volunteers ebb and flow,” she said. “There’s no special experience, degrees or certification needed. We provide a free one-day training and background checks. We welcome any help we can get to continue with our various community outreaches.

“We offer support, not therapy. If someone requires service beyond our support, we refer out for therapy services.”

The organization has served hundreds of families over the past seven years and hosted 75 children in three years of the grief camp. They’ve also distributed 400 grief backpacks.

Wass said the community can help support those efforts by donating supplies (crayons, notebooks, journals, photo albums, stuffed animals, bubbles) or gift cards to Michael’s Crafts or Walmart for the backpacks.

The center is offering sponsorships to help support its efforts, including the Platinum Heart Room Sponsorship, where an individual or organization can sponsor a room in the center for $3,000 for one year — essentially the cost to provide the room and all the materials to furnish and supply it for a 12-month period. A $1,000 Memorial Star sponsorship is available where a photo of a lost loved one can be included on a bronze star on a memorial wall in the center.

The Steven Ray Wass Room at the Douglas Center For Hope & Healing

For more information on the center, or to purchase tickets to the Summerfest event, contact Jodi Wass at 775-450-2826 or Amanda Johnson 775-691-1955 or e-mail info@douglascenterforhopeandhealing.org.

The Douglas Center for Hope & Healing is located in the Mountain View Professional Center, located at 1528 Highway 395, Suite 215 in Gardnerville. For more information, visit www.douglascenterforhopeandhealing.org.

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