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A tribute to Dick and Fran Trachok



Several hundred people are expected to join the tribute to Dick and Fran Trachok Feb. 12 for their enormous contributions to the Northern Nevada community over the last 60 years.

The testimonial brunch will be held at the Eldorado Hotel Casino, commencing at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. in the convention center.  Cost is $25 per person (kids under 13 $12.50), and a table of 10 can be purchased for $250. For reservations, call the Eldorado at 775-786-5700 and mention “Code 12DT.” For additional information, contact Chase Stigall or Amy Riordan at 775-954-4052.

The program will include presentations by Gov. Brian Sandoval, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, former State Sen. William Raggio, Nevada head football coach Chris Ault and acting UNR president Marc Johnson.

The event is being sponsored by local “Friends of the Trachok Family.”

Coach Trachok spent more than 50 years at the University of Nevada in Reno as an honor student, graduate, star athlete in both track and football, head football coach, athletic director, and the school’s volunteer sports historian. He has held the position of Athletic Director Emeritus since 1986. He was also a teacher and football coach at Reno High School from 1948-59, compiling a record of 70-21-3 and winning six state championships.

Wife Fran is a former school teacher and long-time civic leader, having played key roles in many local and state art organizations, including St. Mary’s Hospital Guild, St. Thomas Aquinas Women’s Guild, the Nevada Museum of Art, and spent eight years as a member of the Nevada State Council of the Arts, an appointment made by the late Gov. Mike O’Callaghan. She was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Club at UNR, which later became part of UNR’s booster organization.

She helped form the Reno’s Junior League organization and was an early supporter of the nationally-recognized Cowboy Poetry event held annually in Elko. In its infancy more than 35 years ago, Fran and her cadre of helpers were also responsible for graphics and preliminary organization of the annual Governor’s Dinner at the mansion in Carson City, which was the brain child of husband, Dick.

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