Car event helps drive donations to Douglas Center for Hope and Healing |

Car event helps drive donations to Douglas Center for Hope and Healing

More than 200 people showed support to the Douglas Center for Hope and Healing Friday during the center’s second annual Summerfest.

This year Douglas Center for Hope and Healing partnered with the 29th annual Main Street Events bringing car lovers and supporters together.

The Summerfest helps the 501(c)3 nonoprofit center defray the cost of services so they can continue to provide support to the community.

“We like to emphasize that our services are free, “ said board member Amanda Johnson. “We really work hard to make that possible, and events like this help us continue our services.”

In the wake of three deaths at Douglas High School in 2008, grief counselor Jodi Wass and Solace Tree founder Emilio Parga were called to run support groups to the grieving students. By 2010, Wass and Parga saw a need for a program that served all community members during times of loss in Douglas County and surrounding areas and co-founded the Douglas Center for Hope and Healing.

The center now stands as a free-of-charge resource center and support group for children, teens and families who have lost a love one.

“Grieving is a process of healing, and it’s great to have a support group to help you go through it,” said Carson City resident Ev Musserman.

Gardnerville resident and sponsor Brooke Roberts said she has received services from Douglas Center for Hope and Healing in the past and is grateful for the support of the organization.

“We’re all going to be affected by death in one way or another, and it’s great to have the support. I love giving back to this organization and I will continue to do so,” she said.

Additionally, Esmeralda Avenue was lined with classic cars and hot rod enthusiast as they showed off their vehicles while “Mixed Company” performed in front of the Corner Bar.

“It’s a great turnout and fun times,” said Guy Hannon of the Carson Valley Cruisers. “There are a lot of different vehicles from off-roading, street rods, classics and customs.”

In conjunction with Main Street Events and the Summerfest, the Carson Valley 20/30 Club served brats, beer and sandwiches and performances by Trippin’ King Snakes and Jakota Wass gave visitors an opportunity to dance and enjoy the festivities, no matter which side of downtown Minden they visited.

Douglas Center for Hope and Healing Executive Director Jodi Wass and board members thanked the many volunteers, sponsors and donors including; VIP Plastics, Brooke Roberts, Edward Jones, Renea and Gary Louie, Dr Rick Parigini, Anytime Fitness, JT Basque, Carson Valley Inn, Corner Bar, CV Active 20/30 Club and more along with those who came out during the event.

“With the help of the community, the Douglas Center for Hope and Healing can continue to provide for people who have lost a loved one,” said Wass.

Douglas Center for Hope & Healing is located at 1528 Highway 395, Suite 215 in Gardnerville. For more information visit