During Gallery Walk on December 6, many of you - my friends and neighbors and folks I don’t even know - walked through the main hall of the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Many of you stopped in and participated in the silent auction or left a donation sometime during the evening. Thanks to you, the evening’s events helped me raise $5,000 to start the Bethany Bereman Memorial Scholarship.
Bethany Bereman was a long-time Juneau resident who died in 2011 of ovarian cancer. An active adventurer, Bethany was a skier, kayak guide, wife, mother, and friend. In addition, she was active in Juneau’s theatre community through early work at Perseverance and other Juneau theater groups and later as the drama teacher at Juneau-Douglas High School. In her honor and to share her passion about the power of theatre in our lives, the Bereman Scholarship will be awarded each spring through the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council to a Juneau student who is committed to studying theatre arts. More information will be available in the coming months about how to apply.
This event would not have been possible without the generous talents of the people who donated art, concert tickets, time, desserts, and other items for the silent auction: The Bauer family, Nancy Brown, Linda Buckley, Annie Calkins, Ryan and Sarah Conarro, Coppa, Christine Crooks, Roblin and Ellie Davis, the Donohoe family, Theatre in the Rough, Christy NaMee Eriksen, Emily Ferry, Patricia Garot, Goldtown Nickelodeon, Gordon Harrison, Laura Haywood, Nancy Hemenway, Clarissa Hudson, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, JDHS & TMHS theatre departments, Juneau Dance Unlimited, Juneau Lyric Opera, Juneau Symphony, JD & Alexa Keirsey, Hollis Kitchin, Brittany Kutterbach, MK McNaughton, T. Kent Mearig, Morally Improvrished, Perseverance Theatre, Pride Chorus, Heather Ridgway, Teri Robus, Rob Roys, John Sisk, Lindsay Smithberg, Jane Stokes, Shona Strauser, Ricky Tagaban, and Rico Worl. Thank you Christina Apathy for your beautiful singing. Thank you Collete Costa for your live auction skills.
Susu and the Prophets rounded out our evening with a great set of music - thank you Shona Strauser, Riley Woodford, Simon Taylor, Austin Osterhout, Michael Maas; we wouldn’t have heard them so well without the wonderful sound work of Besty Sims.
And thank you to Nancy DeCherney and the folks at the JACC - thank you for helping make this idea a reality for me. Your helping in putting the event together as well as agreeing to add a scholarship to your roster of offerings for young people in Juneau is greatly appreciated.
A person couldn’t turn 40 with any more fun than I did on First Friday! And raising the funds to start this scholarship makes me proud to live in a place where we celebrate one another and the arts.
If you missed out on the event but still want to contribute to the scholarship fund, you can still donate through the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council in person or go to http://bit.ly/beremanscholarship <http://bit.ly/beremanscholarship> and donate online.
My heart is full.
Kristin Garot is a Juneau educator, theater producer, and musician.