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Early Christmas Thank You to Spickler Egan and 10th Street Trees


AWARE, Inc (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies) offers our gratitude to Scott V. Spickler and Linda Egan of Spickler/Egan Financial Services for their generous and innovative Fourth Annual holiday donation to AWARE. Spickler/Egan decided to forgo a holiday greeting card to their clients, business associates and friends and instead chose to contribute funds for a wondrous holiday breakfast for the women and children in residence for safe shelter at AWARE. We are delighted to be able to celebrate Christmas with a bountiful breakfast and full pantry!

Also this year, the downtown Christmas Tree folks at 10th Street Trees are donating money from the sale of every tree, to AWARE in support of our programming. When you buy a tree from 10th Street, it is twice giving and twice receiving! Win/win/win! We are thrilled that 10th Street Christmas Trees is giving a share back to the community, and we are honored that they have chosen AWARE as a partner. Thank you Pat and Kim!

Each year thousands of women, men and children in Juneau and northern Southeast communities receive essential AWARE services: crisis intervention, advocacy and support, safety planning, counseling, referral and information, training and education, and prevention and personal safety information. In our efforts to create a safe and empowering environment for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, you add a bright light of warmth and caring.

The staff, volunteers, and women and children served by AWARE are inspired by the spirit of generosity and community Spickler/Egan Financial Services, LLC and 10th Street Trees generate during this holiday time. Thank you. Your thoughtful and generous gifts reaffirm that all of us can have a season with blessings and joy.

Saralyn Tabachnick

AWARE Executive Director


Tot Rave has attendees raving

Gold Creek Child Development Center (GCCDC) held the first annual Tot Rave on Nov. 18 at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery (DIPAC). Children — and many parents — danced the night away under the view of curious fish.

The event’s success required the support of many Juneau individuals and businesses. Our silent auction was full of wonderful items. We would like to thank Pavitt Health and Fitness, The Silverbow Inn and Bakery, Dana White, The Bear’s Lair, The Rookery Café, Rodfather’s Broiler, Pie in the Sky, Jerry’s Meats, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Samia Savell, Miner’s Postal Contract Post Office, Hearthside Books, Marc Wheeler, The Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Alaska Robotics, Last Frontier Forestry and Tree Service, Capital Disposal, Juneau Flyfishing Goods, Clint Farr, and the Alaskan Brewing Company for their generous and fantastic donations. We are tickled that so many great businesses and individuals would donate to a first annual anything, much less a tot rave.

Of course, we’d also like to thank Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. for letting us rent their amazing visitor center. What a great sound system! We’d like to thank Gretchen Boone, Executive Director of GCCDC, for her assistance in organizing the event. Thank you as well to Gold Creek staff — Shannon, Courtney, Autumn and Sonja — who allowed their precious Friday night to be taken away so they could help with the dance (What were you thinking ladies? This is your time away from the children!). A special thanks too to nurse Janice Gray who brought a first aid kit, just in case.

Thank you to The Arts for Youth who came by and put on a wonderful dancing exhibition. Made us tired just watching them! Also a special thanks to Toni De Santo for the most amazing home-made disco ball you’ve ever seen. Next year we’ll try to light it better.

Thank you to all the parents and their children who came to dance and eat and have a great time. In a town full of worthy causes and more fundraisers than Subarus, it’s nice to know you considered our little shindig.

Thank you, Juneau, for your support of quality childcare.

The GCCDC Board


Bridge bake and craft sale a sweet success

The Bridge Adult Day Program would like to thank Safeway for hosting our annual bake and craft sale on Nov. 26. The employees were very kind to us and helped find a table that was better suited for our homemade wreaths. We appreciate their kindness and we thank them.

The Bridge would also like to send a huge thank you to those who stopped by to make a purchase, tell a story or give a donation. I loved hearing the stories about your loved ones and their time at The Bridge. It is great to share the success of such a wonderful program. Your smiles, your laughs and your time are all appreciated.

The sale showcased two new features at The Bridge: diabetic-friendly desserts, which are served daily at the Bridge, and handmade wreaths, which were made by participants attending during our new Saturday hours.

We invite anyone interested in learning more about The Bridge Adult Day Program to call 463-6171 or stop by 1803 Glacier Highway for a visit.

Enjoy the holidays,

Jan Reece

Program Supervisor


Shoot for the cure a hit

During the weekend of Oct. 8 and 9, the Juneau Gun Club held its first Annual Shoot for the Cure fundraising event for Cancer Connection. I would like to thank the following donors for making this fundraising event a success. Aardvark’s Armory/Longaberger Baskets, Airlift Northwest, Alaska Pacific Bank, Anne Zenger, Amanda Holland, Ben Williams, Bruce and Judy Bowler, Capital Brew, Capital Taxi, Cindy Bertholl, Cyndi Ivey, Dr. Gordon Bozarth, Dr. Red Schwarting, David and Lisa Oliver, Eric Bookless, Evergreen Taxi, Garry Remsberg, Jim Low, Linda Edwards, Liz Williams, Mike Vanderhoof, Nugget Alaskan Outfitters, Pavitt Health and Fitness, Plumbers & Pipefitters UA Local 262, Russ Shivers/Arctic Carpet, Southeast Alaska Veterinary Clinic, Steve Bennett, Taku Taxi, Territorial Sportsman, The Alaska Club and The FLU-FLY Nest/Kirks Custom Leather. Because of their generous donations and everyone who attended this event, The Juneau Gun was able to donate $2759 to Cancer Connection, all the money raised/donated stays in Southeast Alaska.

Thank you again.

Tammy Kramer

Event Coordinator


Working toward a winter wonderland

Thank you to Odom Corporation for donating a lodge pole pine tree for a Christmas tree. Thanks to North Pacific Erectors for delivering the tree to Savikko Park Pioneer Pavilion. We appreciate the Douglas Fire Fighters for providing flood lights.

A thank you to: Douglas 4th of July Committee members, the Douglas United Methodist Church, Treadwell Arena staff, Parks & Recreation and friends who worked to create a great community event.

Over 100 people gatherer inside Treadwell Arena to share cider and cookies served by Douglas Methodist Men. Sharon Kelly was master of ceremonies. Reverend Candy Roberts gave the invocation. 4th of July Committee President, Pat Peterson welcomed everyone. The crowd followed Mayor Bruce Botelho outside, though the deep snow to the Pioneer Pavilion to watch him turn on the tree lights. Girl Scout Troops 4021 sang carols. The program ended with a group merry Christmas cheer.

The evening ended with the United Methodist Men of Douglas handing out refreshment during the Skate party inside Treadwell Arena.

Treadwell Arena staff hosted a large crowd of children and families at the Skate with Santa. There were nice decorations, happy music, as well as Santa and his Merry Elves to skate with.

Thank you Steve Baseden and the Skate Club for skating with us in the Skate with Santa event.

The Douglas 4th of July Committee wishes you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Susanne Williams

Tree & Santa Project

Douglas 4th of July Committee


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