The Entertainer moves to Industrial Way |

The Entertainer moves to Industrial Way

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Recently relocating from the old Copeland building in downtown Minden to Industrial Way in south Gardnerville was a big move for the Entertainer, said owner Daisy Bankofier.

“We just outgrew the space,” Bankofier said of her company, which plans and coordinates events and rents out equipment. “Our new location, 1426 Industrial Way, Gardnerville, offers us over 7,400 square feet of carpeted, beautiful, temperature controlled space. In addition to the showroom and offices, our spacious warehouse allows us to adequately and conveniently display all of the unique equipment, linens and decor that we have added to our inventory.”

Bankofier said office hours will remain the same: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The main entrance of the new store is located on the east side of building.

The Entertainer will be hosting an open house 5-7 p.m. on March 23.

“Come enjoy food and drink while you tour our new facility and meet some of our partnering vendors,” Bankofier said. “Brides and grooms are also invited to come and see all the unique items and exciting new services we have to offer.”

Call 783-9300 for more information.

A night of music, food and giving on Feb. 3 brought around 200 people to Jethro’s Bar and Grill in the Gardnerville Ranchos for the second annual Austinpalooza.

The event, organized by employees of Minden’s GE Energy Measurement & Control, featured four rock bands playing to help raise money for Austin’s House and the Society of Women Engineers.

Shotgun Trolley, the Engineered Disaster, Metal Echo and the Bootleggers entertained the crowd who also participated in a silent auction and raffle to win a week’s stay at a ski house in Idaho. The event raised more than $10,000, an amount that surpassed last year’s earnings and will be split among the two charities.

“It’s terrific that the employees at GE and people in the community recognize what a vital service Austin’s House provides and continue to help generate the funds needed to run it,” said Kyle Holmstrom, a GE employee and Austin House board member. “To have a place that assists children who are in crisis and are in need of a strong support network is so crucial to the community.”

Conrad Buedel, vice president of Austin’s House board of directors, was on hand for the event. He explained that 70 percent of the funding needed to run Austin’s House comes from charitable sources.

“The reality is that the board must work year-round to find partners like GE, as well as individual donors, in order raise that 70 percent. We are so grateful for GE and its people,” Buedel said.

This was the first time Austinpalooza focused on providing assistance for two groups. The Society of Women Engineers is a group that is a regular focus for the GE Women’s Network Sierra Nevada Chapter. The society provides scholarship assistance to women studying engineering.

“Throughout GE, there is a great interest in developing the best and brightest engineers in our industry,” said Han Tran, GE engineer and singer in one of Austinpalooza’s bands, the Engineered Disaster. “It’s an important focus for us as a company to ensure that women are encouraged to grow and excel in the engineering field.”

Tran also organized the silent auction that was supported by several local businesses.

“The response was terrific,” Tran said. “Between people buying event and raffle tickets and supporting the silent auction, it was great to see local businesses and the community to come together and support a great cause.”

GE Measurement & Control is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing and inspection, control and condition monitoring, delivering accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare.

Austin’s House is the only emergency children’s shelter in rural Northern Nevada. The children are placed at Austin’s House after being removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Austin’s House provides the basic living necessities including proper nutrition, hygiene, rest, nurturing, recreation, companionship, education, and life skills training. For more information, call 267-6711 or visit

The Society of Women Engineers, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. For more information, visit or call (312) 596-5223.