2014 Community Five Award Recipient: Andy Wirth
The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation emphasizes a strong sense of community through its continued effort to realize its vision of becoming the safety net for the winter action sports community. Beginning in April 2014, the Foundation will annually recognize five shining examples of community leaders with the Community Five Award.
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Roy Tuscany has witnessed firsthand how important a community can be in the recovery process from a life-altering injury. Since his skiing accident in 2006, Tuscany has enjoyed seeing the greater Lake Tahoe area come together as a tight-knit collective of families, business and philanthropically minded residents. It is with the ever-increasing reach of the High Fives Foundation that the time has come to recognize five distinguished members of the greater Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada community for their efforts to increase the overall well being of everyone around them.
On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 the High Fives Foundation hosted The Biggest Little High Five Gala at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV. With a packed venue of 180 distinguished guests, the High Fives Foundation showcased the power of positivity and perseverance with highlighted stories and videos from High Fives Athletes as well as support from notable contributing partners such as SpineNevada (a regional center of excellence for back and neck conditions based in Reno, NV). To cap this wonderful evening of giving, the High Fives Foundation’s Roy Tuscany announced five special recipients to receive a Community Five Award — The first of its kind to come from the Foundation; the Community Five Award recognizes those that embody the ideals of community in the context of growth and positivity.
Andy Wirth – Truckee, CA
The President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Andy Wirth is a man thoroughly involved in the Lake Tahoe area community. From the very beginning of his tenure at Squaw Valley, Andy immediately embraced the mission of the High Fives Foundation and took it upon himself to see to it that a partnership between Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and the Foundation came to fruition. His ties to the High Fives Foundation as well as his commitment to the athletes it serves are not the only exemplary traits of Andy’s; he serves or has served on the board of directors of executive committee of 11 organizations from Steamboat Springs, CO to Reno, NV. His belief in progress through open dialogue, positivity and ethical management practices has caught the eye of many, as he is a much heralded community member in numerous circles.
It is with this, that High Fives Foundation is proud to recognize Andy Wirth as a recipient of the 2014 Community Five Award!