Guns and Hoses golf tournament raises nearly $12,000 for Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation

Washoe County Sheriff Detective Tim Mosley prepares to tee off on the first hole of the Guns and Hosed Golf Tournament dressed in firefighting gear. Golfers donned uniforms from the opposing agency at the first tee: Sheriff’s staff wore protective fire gear and Fire Protection District staff wore SWAT gear. Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam looks on. Photo courtesy of Tami Cummings, WCSO.

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Washoe County Sheriff Detective Tim Mosley prepares to tee off on the first hole of the Guns and Hosed Golf Tournament dressed in firefighting gear. Golfers donned uniforms from the opposing agency at the first tee: Sheriff’s staff wore protective fire gear and Fire Protection District staff wore SWAT gear. Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam looks on. Photo courtesy of Tami Cummings, WCSO.

Washoe County Sheriff Detective Tim Mosley prepares to tee off on the first hole of the Guns and Hosed Golf Tournament dressed in firefighting gear. Golfers donned uniforms from the opposing agency at the first tee: Sheriff’s staff wore protective fire gear and Fire Protection District staff wore SWAT gear. Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam looks on. Photo courtesy of Tami Cummings, WCSO.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District’s inaugural Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament raised $11,835.00 for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation this week.

Eighty golfers from the Sheriff’s Office and TMFPD took time off work to compete in the tournament Monday. The idea for the tournament was first suggested by the Hidden Valley Country Club.

“When Hidden Valley Country Club approached us with the idea of hosting an event to thank first responders we saw an opportunity to give back to our community,” Washoe County Assistant Sheriff Tim Kuzanek said. “We know that just about everyone has been touched by cancer so tournament organizers from Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department chose to support the Children’s Cancer Foundation to show our great appreciation for the invaluable service they provide to children with cancer and their families.”

The competition was extremely close, with this year’s tournament trophy going to the Sheriff’s Office. However, the real winners are the children who receive support from the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. Thanks to the members of the Hidden Valley Country Club’s complete sponsorship of the tournament, 100 percent of the player’s entry fees of $75 went directly to the Foundation. Local businesses and organizations donated additional sponsorships and raffle prizes to increase fundraising efforts.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Washoe County Sheriff staff present a check for $11,835 to Debbie Strickland (center, in white sweater), executive director of the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation following the first annual Guns and Hoses fundraising golf tournament. Holding the check are Washoe County Assistant Sheriff Tim Kuzanek (left) and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Captain Zach Larkin (right). Photo courtesy of Tami Cummings, WCSO.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and Washoe County Sheriff staff present a check for $11,835 to Debbie Strickland (center, in white sweater), executive director of the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation following the first annual Guns and Hoses fundraising golf tournament. Holding the check are Washoe County Assistant Sheriff Tim Kuzanek (left) and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Captain Zach Larkin (right). Photo courtesy of Tami Cummings, WCSO.

Sponsors and donors included the Washoe County Sheriffs Supervisory Deputies Association, Washoe County Sheriff Deputies Association, Local 3895 – Truckee Meadows Firefighters, Verdi Volunteer Fire Department, Joe Fretz and Greg Sawyer, Sierra Meats, Carrie Sieben of LL Realty, Triad Technologies, Lee Brothers Vehicle Sales and Leasing, Sierra Nevada Port of Subs, Mae Anne Avenue Port of Subs, Mayberry Athletic Club, Hollylocks, Nevada Insurance Agency, Liberty Mutual Insurance, District Court Judge Scott Freeman, Hot August Nights, Lahontan Golf Community in Truckee, Wolf Run Golf Course, Stacy Kennedy of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Scheels, Cabela’s, Western Nevada Supply, Summit Ridge Home Depot, Principal Financial Group, Carson Tahoe Hospital, The Smile Shop, Eldorado Hotel Casino, Jon and Carrie Sieben, Mark Fore and Strike, Eikelburger Awning and Drapery Company, Southern Wine and Spirits, The Fowl Life/Banded Nation with Chad Belding, The Prepper Store in Sparks, Titan Ammunition, Rufwood Clothing, Victoria’s Secret, Perfect Balance Therapies, Nothing Bundt Cakes Reno, Bill Steward, All Seasons Window Tinting, Uniformity of Nevada, Golf Headquarters, and the Ross-Herrera Memorial Golf Tournament.

The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation’s vision is to reach every family affected by childhood cancer in the Northern Nevada and Eastern Sierra regions. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by providing financial assistance and compassionate support programs while advocating for increased research funds and raising public awareness. For more information, visit www.nvchildrenscancer.org.

NNCCF celebrates culmination of Elevating Life campaign

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On Friday, Feb. 24, the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation will reach out to local families fighting childhood cancer through the conclusion of its Elevating Life campaign, a communitywide effort to obtain the financial support of schools, businesses and churches.

The Elevating Life finale is a 12-hour pledge drive taking place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Scheels All Sports at Legends at Sparks Marina. During this time, community members can call 1-855-88N-NCCF to donate, give online or stop by Scheels to contribute in person and take part in a number of activities throughout the day.

Other local businesses will be lending a hand to help raise money, including the GourMelt Grilled Cheese Truck from 11 to 2 p.m. and CrossFit, which will offer novice workouts and competitions outside the back doors of Scheels from 12 to 7 p.m. Guest celebrities will also make appearances and be available to take photos.

Proceeds raised will provide families who have children diagnosed with cancer receive lifesaving treatment and vital emotional support. Last year, 38 families received a cancer diagnosis in Northern Nevada.

These funds are crucial to the success of providing aid to children and families affected by pediatric cancer, the top disease-related killer of children. Currently, more than 40,000 children and teens are being treated for various types of childhood cancer and nearly 50 children in Northern Nevada are diagnosed each year. The average age of diagnosis among children is 6 years.

About NNCCF

NNCCF is Northern Nevada’s only nonprofit serving local children and their families affected by childhood cancer, providing more than $1.5 million in direct assistance to more than 300 families. NNCCF’s programs and services include a Family Assistance Fund, Courage Together Family Support Group, Kid’s Club for patients and siblings and a holiday Adopt-a-Family Program. For more information, call 775-825-0888, e-mail info@NvChildrensCancer.org or visit www.NvChildrensCancer.org.