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Harrah estate hosts benefit for Obesity Prevention Foundation



World-class culinary, speech by NBC’s Biggest Loser winner and live music all part of foundation fundraiser at Reno’s Rancharrah on Saturday, May 21

RENO, NEV. (March 25, 2011) — “Life Inspired,” an event of fine dining and elegant fashion hosted at one of the Reno’s most exclusive and storied estates on Saturday, May 21, will help the Obesity Prevention Foundation continue its mission to educate Northern Nevada children on battling the obesity epidemic from inactivity and poor eating habits.


Held at Reno’s legendary 150-acre Harrah estate, Rancharrah, the day-long schedule of events includes multi-course meals crafted by some of the region’s top chefs, a VIP tour of the property, a fashion show showcasing Western Bariatric Institute patients who have overcome obesity through weight-loss surgery, and an inspirational speech by NBC’s Biggest Loser winner Michelle Aguilar. Culinary demonstrations from regional chefs, VIP reception, farm and garden tours and live music will round at the “Life Inspired” event.


“We are proud to celebrate the successes of the Obesity Prevention Foundation — which are embodied in the life-transforming weight loss of some of our “Life Inspired” models — and build support toward the goal of a healthy future for Northern Nevada children,” said Dr. Kent Sasse, founder of the foundation. “We are honored that John Harrah opened up Rancharrah’s exclusive grounds for the event, and immensely pleased to have some of the region’s most celebrated chefs showcase nutritious, local foods at “Life Inspired.”


Mark Estee of Moody’s Bistro and Lounge, Executive Chef Reylon of Manzanita at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Barbara Mills of Back of the House Cooking School, and Jennifer Bushman of Culinary Media Group – to name a few – will all prepare delicious meals, perform cooking demonstrations and lead attendees on a tour of the estate’s garden and farm. The meals and cooking demonstrations will highlight local ingredients and meals that build healthy diets, which is a large component of the Obesity Prevention Foundation’s mission to combat obesity and weight gain.


The fundraiser is the single largest source of support for the Obesity Prevention Foundation, which advocates healthy living by adopting nourishing food choices and exercise for Northern Nevada youth.


Proceeds from “Life Inspired” will support Urban Roots Garden Classroom, whose kitchen cutting gardens will be used by the region’s schools to promote healthy local eating choices. The fundraiser will also support a foundation-sponsored Wellness Scholarship Program, a 12-week, medically supervised weight loss journey for a local child between the ages of 12 and 18. The scholarship winner will become the 2011 Youth Ambassador for the foundation, and will be introduced at future events.


Following the luncheon and speech by NBC’s Biggest Loser winner, Michelle Aguilar, attendees will be treated to a fashion show to celebrate models whose dedication and willpower has led to life-transforming weight loss. The show will also feature celebrity models, a VIP reception and live entertainment. Wendy Damonte of KTVN Channel 2 will serve as Master of Ceremonies.


The luncheon event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The fashion show begins at 3 p.m. Tickets to the luncheon include admission to the fashion show. Fashion show only tickets are also available. To register click here.

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Ticket prices:

Tier One- $185 each or 2/$285

Tier Two- $145 each or 2/$245

Fashion show only tickets are $15.

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For more information on the Obesity Prevention Foundation, and the “Life Inspired” fundraiser, visit: http://www.obesitypreventionfoundation.org/

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