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Posted: January 8, 2012 - 1:03am

AWARE touched by community support

Every December is full of touching surprises at AWARE, and this year was no different. AWARE would like to give a special thank you to Tlingit & Haida Indians of the City & Borough of Juneau for a project they began in October- hand crafting beautiful Christmas stockings for women and children of AWARE. We received a note with the stockings explaining that Doloresa Cadiente Hardin, past President of the Tlingit & Haida Community Council, requested 50 Christmas stockings for the Johnson Youth Center and 50 stockings for the AWARE. A group of more than 50 women and men worked on the project which began in October. Dolores passed away in early December, and the love and care she extended was combined with the love and care of the crafters, combined with the love, care and honor of AWARE to receive the exquisite and beautifully detailed stockings and pass them along to women and children at AWARE, who couldn’t help but recognize the love and care they held. Thank you to Andrea Cesar and Bev Russell who took charge to ensure the successful completion of this project, and thank you to the each and every person- over 50- who crafted the stockings and made this gift possible. We appreciate you sharing your inspiration, care and love with us.

Sincerely,

Saralyn Tabachnick, Executive Director, AWARE, Inc.

 

Verve and joy

Juneau Jazz & Classics extends our heartfelt thanks to the more than 150 people who came to Swing in the New Year on New Year’s Eve, as well as those who helped to make this second annual benefit for Juneau Jazz & Classics an enormous success.

We’d like to begin by thanking the Ron Maas Family for their generous financial support for the evening. We’d also like to thank the Juneau Empire and KRNN-FM Radio for their promotional support, Alaskan Brewing Company for donating all beer proceeds to the 2012 Festival and the Baranof Hotel for providing housing for our guest artists Ingrid Jensen and Jon Wikan.

In addition to these major sponsors, we thank Clay Good for loaning us his drum set; Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaners for loaning us tablecloths; and Nancy DeCherney and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council for having such an incredible venue in which to hold this event and for being so supportive of our being there.

A special thanks goes to our amazing team of volunteers: Jeff Hoover, Alysia Jones, Tony and Sandy Mander, Cindy Hartmann Moore, Janette Perlasca, Elaine and Bob Schroeder, Therese Thibodeau, Marie Nelson-Toland, Rebecca Van De Water, Guy and Peg Warren and Marshall Willems.

Finally, we want to extend a big thanks to all the musicians — Ron Maas & the Thunder Mountain Big Band, vocalist Vicki Van Fleet, the PMS Trio (Pat Belec, Mari Lloyd and Scarlett Adam), guest vocalist Cheryl Crawford, pianist Janis Capelle and guest artists Ingrid Jensen and Jon Wikan. Their music launched the New Year with verve and joy.

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Swing in the New Year a success. We look forward to bringing you a fabulous 2012 Festival, May 4-19!

Sincerely,

Linda Rosenthal, Artistic/Executive Director

Jessalynn Rintala, Administrator/Production Manager

The Juneau Jazz & Classics Board of Directors

 

Helping Salvation Army help others

Thank you Alaskans for your wonderful, generous support this holiday season! The Salvation Army Alaska Division serves nearly 100,000 people each year in 16 communities throughout this great state. A great many of those are individuals and families who are served during the holiday season.

From November, when we host a number of community Thanksgiving dinners, pack and distribute food boxes, as well as deliver meals to homebound seniors into December, with the Angel Tree and Adopt-A-Family programs, the red kettle campaign, and so much more — services provided help brighten the lives of so many through this kind of giving, as well as through church services and other community events.

Your support makes it all possible for us to continue doing the most good. We are grateful for your generous contributions of time, talent and treasure during the 2011 Christmas season and throughout the year.

To everyone who donated online, dropped a dollar in the red kettle, volunteered their time, adopted an Angel, or offered their prayers, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Major George Baker, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army Alaska Division

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