Women's Expo a success

The whole cast of models take the stage after the fasion show at the 2013 Alaska Women's Expo.

The trustees and staff of Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation would like to thank the following businesses, groups, and individuals for helping to make the fourth annual Alaska Women’s Expo a wonderful success. On April 6, Centennial Hall was filled with excellent entertainment, inspiring speeches, interesting presentations, health information, fashion, food, flowers, and 43 vendors sharing their wares with more than 300 women who enjoyed all that the day offered. Thanks to our corporate sponsors Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Coeur Alaska, Bartlett Regional Hospital and Raintree Quilting; to our featured speakers Jo Packham of Where Women Create, Abby Roha of Abby’s Kitchen, and Nerissa Beaver, Abby’s mother; to Abby’s Kitchen, Mendenhall Auto, Raintree Quilting and Westmark Baranof Hotel for making Jo Packham’s first visit to Juneau so special; to our Mistresses of Ceremonies Norma Adams and Christine Harff of Bartlett Regional Hospital, Foundation trustees Christine Moleski and Pam Gruchacz and the “fairy gAWEdmother” of AWE, the amazing Sharon Gaiptman. We are also grateful to our presenters, Tamra Green of Miss Scarlett’s Greenery, Stacy Goade of Alaska Premier Home Staging, Cori Stennett of Planned Parenthood, and Dr. Heidi Connole of UAS’s School of Management; and to our entertainers, the Yees Ku Oo Dancers, the JDHS Dance Team, The Juneau Rollergirls, the Daughters of the New Moon, and Taylor Vidic and JR Rosales, who welcomed Jo Packham with songs. Behind the scenes helpers included Foundation trustees Loretta Beadle, Judy Cummins, Mark Troupin and Kirby Day, staff Linda Hamilton, Shari Paul and Rachel Welsh, and Ruby Steedle.

Vendors represented at AWE included Planned Parenthood; Bartlett Regional Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging, Diabetes Education, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Bartlett Beginnings departments; March of Dimes; Rotary of Juneau; Glacier Gardens; AFLAC -Mike Clark; Arctic Chiropractic; The Chare; Pavitt Health & Fitness; First Bank Mortgage; Slumber Parties by Kari; Alaska Scents; Alaska Clinical Infrared Thermography; Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry; NYR Organic; Spiral Studio; Vanity; REMAX - Robyn Long; Juneau Rollergirls; Agape Salon; Raintree Quilting; Curves; Princess House; Thirty One; The Alaska Club; Blue Mussel Aesthetics; Mountainside Wellness; Where Women Create; Lia Sophia Jewelry; Jamberry Nails; Miche Bags; The Art Department; It Works!; AFLAC - Kerry Wyckoff; The Personal Touch; Paradise Beach; Mary Kay Cosmetics; Alaska USA; Blue Heron Gift Shop; Mendenhall Auto; and Abby’s Kitchen.

Special thanks to the mothers and daughters of Girl Scout Troops 4004 and 4019 for providing excellent free childcare, a first at the Expo, which gave mothers an opportunity to attend AWE without worrying about their children. Additional thanks to the donors of our wonderful door prizes and auction items - Alaska Premier Home Staging, Wells Fargo Business Banking, Thyes Designs, Rejuvenation, Red Onion Spice & Tea Company, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Sunflower Beads, Gourmet Alaska, Goldbelt Hotel, Boheme, Mountainside Wellness, Blue Heron Gift Shop, Claudette Curtis, Pavitt Health & Fitness, Alaska USA, Jamberry Nails, and Blue Mussel Aesthetics.

Finally, we thank Lisa Davidson’s Boutique, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, and Shoefly for putting on an excellent fashion show, Lisa Ryals for coordinating it, all the lovely models who volunteered their time on the runway, and the staff of Centennial Hall, who helped us pull this wonderful day together, especially Adam, who resolved many last minute issues.

In appreciation for an AWEsome day,

Jetta Whittaker, Executive Director, Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation

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