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UPDATE The Rising Tribe Event Cancelled

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by Auburn Harrison No Comments

 TRT Reno 2014 is a program committed to the best family bonding experience possible; unfortunately, the weather conditions will not deliver on that promise.  It is the name of family safety and enjoyment that we are postponing this event.

This Video Explains What The Rising Tribe Event is

Posted on: March 12th, 2014 by Auburn Harrison No Comments
Hiking with others will help St. Vincent's March 29!

Hiking with others will help St. Vincent’s March 29!


We’re challenging your family to walk five miles. For Us. Here’s a very cool YouTube video that explains the purpose, route and registration.



We Invite You: Take Part in Rising Tribe March 29

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by Auburn Harrison No Comments
Walk With Others in Support of St. Vincent's Programs in March 29

Walk With Others in Support of St. Vincent’s Programs in March 29

Registration is now open for all Northern Nevada Families to participate in The Rising Tribe™ presented by The First Tee of Northern Nevada (TFTNN).  The event consists of a 5-mile weighted urban/rural hike that requires to carry food & toiletry supplies from McQueen HS to Catholic Charities St. Vincent Programs (approx. 5 miles). Set to take place on Saturday, March 29th, The First Tee of Northern Nevada, in partnership with former Marine Sniper & Reno-native, Gary Xavier have created this unconventional event to strengthen bonds between families and the underserved in the Northern Nevada region.

The hike will start at 5:30 a.m. at McQueen High School, where children and adults carrying between 20 and 40 pounds of supplies in backpacks will hike the five miles to deliver the items to people in need. The families are expected to deliver the items at around 10:00 a.m. The goal is to deliver four tons of hygiene supplies and non-perishable food items.

This event is completely free to the public, but participants will need to register and provide the donated items to be carried in their own backpacks/rucksacks. To find out more about the event and to register, please visit tftnn.org.  To be eligible, families must register by March 25th and attend a mandatory safety briefing and inspirational rally at Vaughn Middle School on March 26th at 6:30pm.

Many of the families participating in The Rising Tribe™ are members of The First Tee of Northern Nevada, a chapter of the internationally recognized non-profit organization that promotes life skills and leadership through the game of golf. The recipients of the hygiene and food items are people living either on the streets or below the poverty line, and are clients of Catholic Charities & The St. Vincent’s Programs (CCNN) located at 500 East 4th street.  CCNN is a local nonprofit that serves families by feeding, clothing and assisting them in order to help them escape from poverty.

The Rising Tribe is an event designed as a way to bring children and their parents together in accomplishing a common mission larger than themselves. Xavier’s overall mission is to improve human resilience. “I don’t think families see themselves as units that should prepare for adversity.” says Xavier.  “Families must be ready to prepare their bodies, minds and decision making for the inevitable peaks and valleys of life.  The First Tee is the ideal organization to facilitate such a transformation and CCNN could not be a more worthy recipient of this effort.

“The First Tee of Northern Nevada is so excited to help create an opportunity for kids and families to come together and participate in this community event.  An area of focus at  The First Tee is our nine healthy habits which includes Community: like the health of one’s body, it is important to also explore the health off one’s community and discover how one can give back” said Chris Dewar, Executive Director of The First Tee of Northern Nevada.

“The principles of wellness, health, humanitarianism and community combined are what this is event is all about. We are thrilled to be the recipient of this first-ever stylized march organized by The First Tee of Northern Nevada and Gary Xavier,” said Anne Schiller, director of program operations from Catholic Charities & the St. Vincent’s Programs. “The March 29 event will provide participants a fulfilling and fun way to support others who are very needy right here in Reno-Sparks.”

Here is the link to EventBrite sign up page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rising-tribetm-reno-2014-presented-by-the-first-tee-of-northern-nevada-tickets-8820389021

Supporting sponsors of the event are Whole Foods of Reno and the US Marines. If you are interested in sponsoring this event or participating, please contact Gary Xavier at info@garyxavier.com.

Easter Basket Donations Needed

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by Auburn Harrison No Comments

Catholic Charities & the St. Vincent’s Programs is asking community members for donations of pre-filled Easter baskets for the children (ages 0-12) who are served by our nine poverty-assistance programs.

Donations of Easter baskets, candy and toys help area children feel special. St. Vincent’s will distribute the baskets at our “Operation: Easter Basket” pancake breakfast and party at St. Vincent’s Dining Room on Sunday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The baskets will go to local children ages 0-12 whose parents cannot afford to buy them an Easter basket or presents. Many of the children we serve are either homeless or living temporarily in local motels and other low income housing facilities. Because of the success of our annual “Operation: Stocking Stuffer” event, St. Vincent’s staff elected to expand the reach by offering a similar event in the spring.

We are asking for the following donations:
- Pre-filled, age (0-12) and gender neutral Easter baskets of a $10 maximum value, (candy, toys, toiletries, games, etc.)
- Easter decorations, candy, toys, plastic eggs
- Cash donations to purchase baskets

The donation deadline is Friday, April 4. Baskets can be dropped off at our St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop at 500 East Fourth Street (corner of Valley & 4th) in Reno. Please specify upon drop off that the items are for “Operation: Easter Basket.” To make a cash donation to go toward the event, please send checks to: PO Box 5099 Reno, NV 89513 or contact Emelie Williams at (775)322-7073.

Donations of Easter baskets, candy and toys help area children feel special.