Austinpalooza raises more than $8,500 |

Austinpalooza raises more than $8,500

Staff Reports
Michael Monoski/Special to The R-C

The third annual Austinpalooza on Feb. 22 was a night of food, music and festivities that culminated in more than $8,500 in funds raised for Austin’s House and the Society of Women Engineers at the University Nevada, Reno.

The event, organized by GE’s Measurement and Control employees in Minden, was held at Jethro’s Bar and Grill in Gardnerville.

Both charities rely heavily on support from partners, like GE, to sustain operations.

“The services provided by both Austin’s House and the Society of Women Engineers are hugely beneficial to our Northern Nevada community,” said Ernest Carey, a GE employee and Austin’s House board member. “It is an honor and a privilege to support these great causes and have fun while doing it.”

This year’s event featured the music of five local bands along with food and drinks provided by Jethro’s. Several local businesses donated silent auction items and raffle prizes, including Allie & Friends, Carson Tahoe Chiropractic, Carson Valley Golf, Cruise Scape, David Walley’s, Dream Dinners, Fitzpatrick Performance Horses, GE Leaders of Tomorrow, Jenkins’ Cucina Rustica, Genoa Lakes Golf Course, Holly Whipple, K2 Pilates, NW Martial Arts, Silver Strikes Bowling Alley, Soaring NV, The Chocolate Shoppe, The Discovery Museum, and The Record-Courier

The money earned from the donations and ticket sales will be split among the two charities. Austin’s House, which provides emergency shelter for children in crisis, will receive more than $6,000, and the SWE, which provides scholarships to women studying engineering, will receive more than $2,700.

For more information about GE, visit

For more information on Austin’s House, call 267-6711 or visit

For more information about the Society of Women Engineers, visit or call (312) 596-5223.

American Family Insurance hosts open house Saturday

American Family Insurance Agency, under the leadership of Mike Eddy, will be hosting an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1560 Highway 395, Suite A, Minden.

The agency is inviting homeowners and renters alike to join them in welcoming the spring season.

The free event will feature information on various types of mortgage protection, home maintenance tips, ways to save money on insurance, raffle prizes and refreshments.

Home maintenance professionals will be on hand to answer questions on roofing, home security systems, and landscaping.

“A person’s home is one of the single largest investment they will ever make and is very much the center of their world,” said Eddy. “Springtime is a great time of year to review policies, dust off the cobwebs, invest in and beautify our homes. As a fun way to welcome spring, we will also be offering complimentary packets of wildflower seeds that folks can take home and enjoy planting in their gardens.”

For more information, call 783-9422.