Thank you

Posted: Friday, January 07, 2005

... for your donations to Coast Guard families

The Coast Guard families of Juneau would like to extend a warm thanks to the following local stores for their kind and generous donations to the annual Children's Holiday Party:

Fred Meyer, Alaskan & Proud market, Safeway Food & Drug, Costco Wholesale Warehouse and Super Bear Supermarket.

Thank you so much for giving back to your community.

Susan Parrish

Coast Guard Women's Association,


... for supporting UNICEF this year

I want to thank all who supported UNICEF this year. I also want to thank the Empire, KTOO, KINY, KJNO, the Nugget Mall and Invisible World. A total of $3,165.50 cards and calendars were purchased by Juneau, Douglas and Auke Bay UNICEF fans.

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) has five major priorities and they are: (1) to educate every girl and boy; (2) through immunization, UNICEF helps save the lives of 2.5 million children each year; (3) around the world UNICEF supports HIV/AIDS prevention education and care for children and youth affected by this epidemic; (4) UNICEF focuses on basic child survival and development activities and helps some 1.6 million poor children and 76,000 pregnant women per month; (5) and UNICEF believes that every child should be protected from abuse, exploitation, violence and hazardous or exploitative labor. I know the children of the world would want to thank you and so do I.

Janet Kussart

UNICEF volunteer

... to the giving community of Juneau

The Special Olympics of Juneau have returned from the State Bowling tournament with the gold. The Juneau team consisting of Robert Frick, Leroy George, Mike Godkin and Anne Eichorst and the second team of Sara Muelhberg, Nathan Walsh, Niall Johnson and Luis Hernandez won the gold metal for their division at the Special Olympics held in Anchorage Nov. 19-21, 2004, scooping the title away from eight other teams in their respective divisions. They practiced for eight weeks prior to winning their local games in order to travel to the state competition. All this would not have been possible without the generous support of so many organizations and kind individuals in Juneau. Our list of thanks goes to the members of the Moose Lodge for donating so much to the fund-raising spaghetti dinner and auction.

The businesses listed that contributed to our auction: Elton Engstrom Gallery, The Jewel Box, Forget-me-not-Lodge, Gottschalk's, Ann Doty of Longenberger Baskets, Vickie Perez, Nugget Outfitters, Beachcomber Bags, Buddha Bellies, Alaska Soap Company, Flora Huntington, Stories and Legions, Our Backyard, Bears Lair, Mt. Juneau Trading Post, Marla Adams, Western Auto, Valley Lumber, Canvas Unlimited, Blue Berry Lodge, Jay's Window Quilt, Fireweed House, Senator and Marilyn Elton, Lois Graves, Curves, Wet Willies Car Wash, Canton House, El Sombrero, Mi Casa, Fernando's, Sandbar Grill, Alliance Chiropractic, Seventh Heaven, Sheer Design, Channel Dive Center, Pavitt's Fitness Center, Payless Shoes, Sandy Coon, Dan Coon, Andrea Valle, Jean Richi, The Umbs Family, The Rock Dump, Coca Cola, Heritage Coffee, Hair etc., Kodiak Coat Company, Fred Meyer, Costco, Good Humor Balloons. The companies that were generous and contributed financial support were Porta Shop, Sealaska Corp., Ruth Sherren, Nugget Mall, Alaska Litho, Joe Geldhof, Rainbow Foods, Alaskan & Proud, Dillon & Findley, P.C., Mr. and Mrs. Freymueller, M.L. Haag, Piston & Rudder Service of Petersburg, Caroline Carey, Vivien Antrim, Key Bank, Bone Jour, Frances Grant, Regan Tweedy,Simpson, Tillinghast, Sorensen & Logenbaugh, P.C., Mr. and Mrs. R. Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. J. McEdward, and all the volunteers that have helped with bake sales, dinner, auction and sports events.

If we have forgotten anyone, we assure you that we are truly thankful for all your support.

With appreciation from Special Olympics in the Juneau Area, athletes, volunteers and family members.

Special Olympics


... to the people of Juneau for caring about our family

The immensity of the recent catastrophe in Southern Asia has brought out the best in our world as indicated by the international cooperation exhibited in relief efforts. Caring, concern and compassion have also been shown at our local level in many ways, and we are so grateful for the expressions of support given to us by the people of Juneau.

Curtis, Chan and Ashley Hopson are spending their annual month long vacation in Thailand, resting and visiting family. Last year, they were in the exact area where the tsunami hit; this year they were in Bangkok getting ready to go north to Chan's birthplace, where they are now. (Our phone call from here actually alerted them to what had happened after we received a phone call from Curt's brother who works for KOMO in Seattle.)

Chan's sister in Bangkok was not able to accompany them north for the family reunion as she is a nurse and was needed at the hospital. The "kids" will be back soon and will reopen on the 18th of January. Thank you to all of you who called, stopped me in the stores, or just sent word. The caring of Juneau is so wonderful and greatly appreciated. What a great place to live.

Elaine Hopson and Dave Stevenson


... for giving generously to the Lakota Nation

Last December residents from Juneau and all over Southeast Alaska generously donated coats, clothing, boots, shoes and cash for the Lakota Nation living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The clothing was collected, sorted and packaged at the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association office in Juneau. The U-Haul company generously donated a trailer to ship over 60 garbage bags of clothing. The Alaska Marine Highway System generously donated space for a pickup truck and the trailer to deliver the clothing to South Dakota.

Chris Olsen, an employee of the Alaska Marine Highway System delivered the truck and trailer load of clothing to Pine Ridge just in time for Christmas. We also collected a little under $1,100 in donations which we used for gas to deliver the clothing. The remaining balance was donated to the Oglala Sioux people living on Pine Ridge.

Special thanks to the Douglas Indian Association, Dee Dee Sorensen and her first- and second-grade classes at Mendenhall River School, who collected clothing and boots and shoes for the children on the reservation, and everyone throughout Southeast that contributed clothing, cash and time. Our heart-felt thanks to everyone. I know they are putting the clothing to good use.

Norman Sarabia

President of Douglas Indian Association

... for assisting Guard Family Readiness Group

Alaska National Guard Family Programs would like to thank the following groups for their thoughtful and generous support to the 3rd Battalion's Family Readiness Group: Moose Lodge, Juneau/Gastineau Rotary, Foxfire, Girl Scout Troops Nos. 33 and 39, Veterans for Peace, Capital City Republican Women and the First Baptist Church. Your efforts are sincerely appreciated during this time of deployment.

Laura J. Gilbert

Coordinator for

Juneau Family Assistance Center

... for last year's fabulous cruise prize

Thank you to the Southeast Alaska Red Cross, the Northwest Cruiseship Association and Holland America Lines for the fabulous cruise I won at last year's inaugural Red Cross Ball. This year's ball is on Jan. 22, 2005 - be sure to pick up a raffle ticket and attend the event. You could be this year's lucky winner.

Nancy Woizeschke


... for arranging Mr. and Mrs. Claus' visit

Thanks to Travis and Shannon McCain, and Kris and Beth Mercer, who arranged for Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit with the children at the Juneau Moose Lodge. The kids had a great time having their pictures taken with Santa, talking with him and Mrs. Claus, making Christmas ornaments and receiving a bag of goodies.

Shirley A. McCoy


... to Santa Rick, Loren, Jack and Robert

Epsilon Sigma Alpha would like to thank the Nugget Mall Merchants Association-Kathy Buell Marketing Director for letting us have a wonderful time taking Santa pictures.

We would also like to thank Santa Rick, Santa Loren, Santa Jack and Santa Robert.

With the money that we made taking the pictures we will be donating most of it back to local communities.

Thank you to all who had pictures taken.

Margi Maki

Vice president of Epsilon Sigma Alpha

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