Supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
McDonald Carano’s long-term support of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows includes Chelsea Latino and Leo Bergin serving as members of the Board of Directors, participating in the Adopt-A-Family program during the Christmas holiday season, and donating auction items to the annual Cioppino Feed & Auction fundraising event. The Cioppino event is the Club’s signature fundraiser, bringing in almost 12% of its annual budget and impacting the lives of thousands of local children. Executive board member and owner of Roundabout Catering, Chef Colin Smith, serves as lead chef to help prepare the Italian-inspired feast. For the 43rd annual auction event on Feb. 25, 2023, McDonald Carano donated two Mt. Rose Ski packages and a Ferrari-Carano wine gift basket.
History of the Cioppino Fundraising Event
The Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed & Auction’s history in the Truckee Meadows is as rich as the seafood broth that’s served. In the Club’s early years, the Women’s Auxiliary sponsored an annual dinner to raise money for the Club. The meal varied from year to year, but in 1981, Jack Reviglio decided the Club needed a signature dish for this signature fundraiser. He knew that Bud Sorensen made great cioppino, so he called Bud, who was at the Western Nevada Supply office in Mammoth. Not only did Jack ask Bud to make his special cioppino, but he needed it that weekend. Bud rushed home from Mammoth, pooled help from a group of friends (and a lot of sherry) and bought out almost every seafood vendor in Reno. Somehow it all came together and the 80 guests in attendance that night experienced the very first Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed & Auction.
Over the next five years, the event more than doubled in size. Bob Capurro became a permanent volunteer, adding his Italian culinary expertise. Soon, the event outgrew the Club kitchen, and in 1986 and 1987, everything was cooked offsite and trucked to the Club. The kitchen was upgraded in 1988, but Cioppino was expanding full force. It wasn’t until 2004 that a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation provided funds for a major facility expansion, including the installation of a commercial-grade kitchen. Of course, the construction on the building was in midstream in February 2004, which meant that our volunteers had to prepare food at the Washoe County School District headquarters and transport more than 1,200 cioppino dinners to the Club. In 2005, the new kitchen was complete. We like to say that the kitchen was built for Cioppino and just happens to work well for the kids the rest of the year.
About McDonald Carano
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