Mention the name of former Nevada County Supervisor Willard (Bill) Schultz and you’re likely to get a smile and some story about how he helped change the life of whomever you’re addressing.
Schultz has worn many hats in the community including business owner, elected representative as District 4 supervisor, friend, teacher and life coach, but on Saturday he will be honored for his leadership within the recovery community.
Schultz served multiple terms on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors during some very turbulent times, many specific to the Fourth District. He was instrumental in the closing of the old “pit-type” garbage dump and the creation and opening of the McCourtney Road Transfer Station.
He played a leadership role in creating a state mandated DUI programs and championed many improvements at Western Gateway Park.
As everything from a member of the Nevada County Fair Board of Directors to instructing anger management classes, Schultz is a versatile community leader. As a local businessman, he has owned and operated gas stations and Bill’s Chuckwagon.
As a founder of the Nevada County Council on Alcoholism, which later became Community Recovery Resources (CoRR), Schultz has affected the outcome of literally thousands of lives.
“He saved my life. He is the real man you always wished you had in your life,” says Sarah Fighter. “He didn’t give up on me, even when I gave up on myself.”
An event to honor Bill Schultz will take place on Saturday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Ponderosa Hall. Mingling, a western-themed photo booth, light appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will begin at 5:30 p.m. A barbecue dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. (vegetarian option available), followed by an esteemed list of speakers and a live auction. The auction offers a rare opportunity to bid on a round of golf for four at Martis Camp, a week in a Presidential Suite at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas, and other equally exciting opportunities.
A limited number of cupcakes will be offered for sale at $50 each and one lucky attendee will go home with a jewelry quality gold nugget shaped like Nevada County (baked inside the cupcake) and a Gold Miner’s Memoir. While there is no dress code, western wear is suggested.
Schultz is requesting all the proceeds raised from the dinner be dedicated to support CoRR and its new facility, The Campus, continuing his lifelong work to help individual and families rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.
Tickets for honoring Bill Schultz are available by contacting Mora Rowe at MRowe@corr.us or by phone at 530-889-8701.
Visit www.corr.us for more information.
“He didn’t give up on me, even when I gave up on myself.”
— Sarah Fighter, on Bill Schultz