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AAA office ‘pays it forward’ to benefit Special Olympics
by Tribune Staff
May 17, 2012 | 459 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

CARSON CITY — An open house event today at the AAA Carson City office will benefit Special Olympics Nevada.

The event will include a silent auction, special insurance counseling, travel advice and ample refreshments. Proceeds from the silent auction, with items ranging from a glider plane ride to a round of golf, will benefit the local Special Olympics. Pat Shaw, who runs the AAA Carson City office, was motivated by her husband, John.

Shaw’s husband will carry on the tradition of giving back on June 30 by making his second rappel down the Grand Sierra Resort tower. The feat, called “Over the Edge,” requires rappelling 30 stories. Last year, Special Olympics Nevada raised $65,000, and of that, John Shaw raised $1,100 for the cause.

When recalling the Over the Edge rappel, John said, “My first thought was fear,” but the Reno military veteran got over the fear fast, leaned back and placed his trust in doing the right thing.

A decade ago, Shaw was asked by a colleague if he wanted to take part in a Special Olympics event at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. He stood at the finish line, greeting the athletes as they crossed for their moment of truth. The final stage provides no dry eye in the crowd.

“Unlike you and me, these people never take one simple walking step for granted,” he said.

The participation transformed his life. When his wife saw a bulletin promoting the Reno event, she encouraged him to raise money for the cause.

“When you participate in events like Over the Edge for Special Olympics Nevada or make a donation, you are changing lives,” said Maggie Schwarz, regional vice president of Special Olympics Nevada.

The AAA office in south Carson City is located at 2901 S. Carson St.
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