Kiwanis Eagles-tribute concert benefits Valley youth programs |

Kiwanis Eagles-tribute concert benefits Valley youth programs

by Sheila Gardner
Barbara Slade, Debbie Posnien and Dave Nelson, seated, work with Kiwanis members John Cole, Rudy Hammond, and Peter Engle on the club's Feb. 22 benefit concert by Woody and the Longboards at the CVIC Hall in Minden.
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Suicide Prevention Network

Between Horses and Humans

During a weekend dedicated to eagles and agriculture, it seems appropriate to host a concert featuring an Eagles-tribute band.

On Feb. 22, the Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley is sponsoring the Eagles and Ag Benefit Concert featuring Woody and the Longboards, a Riverside, Calif., band.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Suicide Prevention Network and Between Horses and Humans.

Kiwanis Club member Dave Nelson said the two organizations fit the club’s dedication toward helping children.

“It seemed a natural fit,” Nelson said.

The popular band — which also covers Beach Boys classics — performed last year to a sell-out crowd.

“They’re a very good group,” Nelson said.

The beneficiaries were selected following presentations to the Kiwanis Club.

“We really do stress local, community outreach,” Nelson said.

Debbie Posnien of the Suicide Prevention Network, and Barbara Slade of Between Horses and Humans, expressed their thanks.

“Some of our kids helped out at Project Santa, and I think the Kiwanis Club could see how are programs our working and what remarkable changes our kids our making. Now, they’re out helping other kids,” Posnien said.

SPN’s Living Out Loud teen group meets twice monthly, working with their peers and making a difference in their schools.

Slade said Between Horses and Humans provides children a place to learn leadership and life skills through horsemanship.

Services in both programs are free, and the women said proceeds from the Kiwanis concert will enable them to reach out to more participants.

“We’re such a small nonprofit,” Slade said. “We have 27 children participating, and a waiting list. This will help us reach out to more children.”

In addition to the concert, the Kiwanis Club is holding a raffle and live auction.

Prizes include a week in Cancun, helicopter ride over Lake Tahoe, glider ride, V&T ride to Virginia City, jewelry, and other items.

Donations are still being accepted; contact Nelson at (775) 690-2979 for information.

Tickets are $25 per person. Doors open at the CVIC Hall in Minden for no-host cocktails 6-7 p.m. Feb. 22 followed by the concert at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available from any Kiwanis Club member, at the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Carson Valley Arts Council, Suicide Prevention Network, Between Horses and Humans, or at the door.

Nelson said last year’s concert benefited G-3-1 Korea Association which provides trained service animals to wounded military service personnel.