Gigi Werbeckes moved to Reno when she was in fifth grade...she went on to graduate high school and university here, get married, raise her kids and start a career here - and says she's driven to give back to the community she calls home.

We caught up with inside The Grove at South Creek

When it comes to her work, Gigi is dedicated to detail ... whether she's picking out linens, or finalizing a menu. As the general manager of The Grove, Werbeckes says focusing on the fine points matters because the event center is host to some of the most important moments in people's lives;  "Every bride and groom has a different story, has a different idea of what they want and we're so privileged to be a part of their lives."

Gigi says it's The Grove's charitable work that makes her most proud. Like donating event space for Artown and helping with Empty Bowls for the Community Food Pantry.

Ginger Luppa, one of two Executive Chefs at The Grove is glad Gigi has spearheaded their involvement and says Empty Bowls is one of her favorite events of the year. "We even go decorate bowls ourselves at Playful Potter, a couple of weeks before the event, so everybody gets involved."

Gigi smiles just thinking about it; "We volunteer every year, the staff and our chef's, Ruthie and I, we go to Empty Bowls, we help serve”

Being of service comes as second nature to Gigi, a lesson she learned early on..."My mom is a cancer survivor herself and she chose to work in oncology because she could help those patients and tell them, I'm a survivor, I can help you through this."

Now Gigi volunteers for cancer fundraiser Moms on the Run every year, often with her mom by her side - and is always looking for ways to get involved further with the northern Nevada community.

"To me, giving back is such a part of who we are, ‘cause we're so fortunate in life. I just can't see not doing it."

Gigi is also a member of a women's group called Thank You Ma’am, which gives $40,000 every year to support local causes.

For information on The Grove at South Creek, click link –

http://www.thegrovereno.com/

For information on Yes Ma’am, click here-

http://www.thankyoumaamreno.org/