Tag: Big Bear Valley Education Trust

Land Trust Saves Big Bear’s Best Meadowland

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 22, 2016 – 32 acres, which include lakeshore and the old drive-in movie site has been purchased by the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust. In two separate land deals funded by the California Wildlife Conservation Board, the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust purchased a total of 32.3 acres of critical meadow and wetland habitat on the south shore of Big Bear Lake. The site features several unique endangered plant species, most prominent being the Bear Valley checkerbloom — found only in Big Bear Valley. Equally important, the acquisition protects a vital patch of open space in this well-known populated part...

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Big Bear Non-Profits Take Top Spots in GIVE BIG Campaign

Big Bear, CA, December 3, 2015 – Another great year for the San Bernardino GIVE BIG Campaign—a 24 hour online effort to raise funds for 261 non-profits serving San Bernardino County. This year’s campaign raised $251,481 with 2,931 donors. From midnight to 11:59pm on December 1, 2015, supporters of San Bernardino County nonprofits went online, connected with causes they cared about and made donations. Every donation made had a chance to receive a Golden Ticket. When a randomly selected donor was the lucky recipient of a Golden Ticket, their charity received additional prize money. In addition, the top organizations on the Leaderboard received prize money ranging from $500 to $10,000. This year, the top four organizations on the leader board were all from Big Bear. 1             AAUW Tech Trek Camp for Big Bear Girls /448 donors raised  $7,691 2             LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT INC /192 donors raised  $10,046 3             BIG BEAR VALLEY EDUCATION TRUST/147 donors raised $8,131 4             FRIENDS OF BIG BEAR VALLEY /144 donors raised $3,280 The Ultra Super Golden Ticket receives a prize worth $10,000! Arts 4 Good will work with the apparent winner of this prize—Lighthouse Project, Inc., to develop six months of support in the implementation of a communications plan. This will help in improving their messaging thus increasing their capacity and sustainability. Organizations receiving more than $3,000 in donations will be eligible for the new $3,000...

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Distinguished Big Bear Residents to Receive ‘Eagle of Excellence’ Awards

Big Bear, CA, May 27, 2015 – The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake will host its eighteenth annual “Eagle of Excellence” Community Service Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Sunday, June 7th. The dinner and awards ceremony is dedicated to honoring members of the Big Bear community that exhibit a very high caliber of professionalism, enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment to service, not only in their vocational field, but also in how they demonstrate excellence in the personal giving of time, energy and influence on others within the Bear Valley community. Since the Rotary Club began this program in 1998, over 91 individuals, mostly non­ Rotarians, have been honored with the “Eagle of Excellence” award. This year’s honorees include a distinguished group of Bear Valley residents from a variety of professions. The 2015 group of honorees include Renee Wagner, owner of the Barnstorm Restaurant who has volunteered her time with Rotary, Doves, and the Arts Council; Paul Senft, a software designer and IT lecturer who, among other things, has been very involved with the Big Bear Valley Education Trust and the AARP TaxAide Program, providing free tax services to seniors and low income families in Big Bear; Ed Wallace, who serves on the boards of the Sierra Club – Big Bear Group, the Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the Big Bear Valley Education Trust, and Friends of the Big Bear Valley;...

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Get Ready to Give Big!

Big Bear Valley, CA, May 7, 2014 – Organizations that enrich our community hold various fundraisers throughout the year, and many residents do their best to attend and contribute. This year, we’re trying something different. Following the incredible success of Give BIG Riverside County, the Big Bear Valley is participating this week in Give BIG San Bernardino County, with the mission of strengthening the Inland Empire through philanthropy. There are 14 local nonprofits participating, and you can see the full list on our website. A 24-hour online giving campaign runs this week, from 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8 to 7:00 a.m. on Friday, May 9. During this time, you can give to all your favorite causes in one fell swoop at www.GiveBigSBCounty.org. This is a County-sponsored Community Foundation project, whose goal is to raise at least $300,000 in just 24 hours. Local organizations participating in Give BIG American Association of University Women, Big Bear Valley branch http://www.bbvaauw.blogspot.com/ (Tech Trek camp for local 8th-grade girls encouraging interest in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Big Bear Alpine Zoo & Friends www.friendsofthebigbearalpinezoo.org OR www.bigbearalpinezoo.org (animal rehabilitation and sanctuary) Big Bear CanTree http://bigbearcantree.weebly.com (food pantry collections/Meals on Wheels funding) Big Bear Lake International Film Festival www.bigbearfilmfest.com (screening 100+ independent films from around the world and awarding cash prizes to top finishers) Big Bear Valley Education Trust www.BigBearEdTrust.org (Gifted &...

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Congressman Names Distinguished Big Bear Residents

Apple Valley, CA, August 27, 2013 – August 23rd brought what U.S. Congressman Paul Cook hopes will be an annual event: the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony. Rep. Cook represents our 8th congressional district and put out a call in July for nominations for women who give back to their communities. The event was held at the Apple Valley Town Hall Conference Center and was attended by approximately 300 people. Among the 60 honorees, four were from the Big Bear Valley: Sharon Gytri, Kathleen Harper, Elizabeth Harris Ed. D. and Kim Sweet. Sharon Gytri is a retired educator who continues to substitute teach part-time for the Big Bear Unified School District. Sharon volunteers for many different causes, including the March of Dimes and the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival. She is also a member of a Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla, spending summer weekends safeguarding the boating public on Big Bear Lake. Kathi Harper is the CEO of Domestic Violence Education and Services (DOVES) of Big Bear Valley, a shelter-based domestic violence services agency. Kathleen works to end domestic violence by providing safe shelter to those suffering from abuse and promoting healthy relationship models for our youth. Liz Harris spent 35 years as an educator and currently works as a Field Representative for San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos. In addition, Liz is the founder of the Big Bear Valley Education Trust and a former member of the Big Bear Lake City Council....

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