I'm sending this ``thank you'' letter through the Empire to acknowledge all those who helped put together the ``Post-Op-Bop'' at the Alaskan Bar on Sunday, Jan. 9. Thanks to Buzz Ritter, Bob Banghart and their volunteers for organizing. To C. Scott Fry from the Alaskan, thanks. To the artists and volunteers for great posters and their distribution around town, thanks. To the Empire for their coverage, thanks. Special thanks to all the musician friends-o-Tim for donating gear and making the music most enjoyable. And all you contributors. . .thank you.
...for Hoop Shoot
On Dec. 18 the finalists for the Elks National Hoop Shoot competition competed for local and state awards. Congratulations to the more than 1,000 boys and girls ages 8-13 who locally competed to enter the finals. They are a group of more than 3 million who will compete across the nation to become the ``best'' free throw shooter. The Elks Hoop Shoot is in its 28th year and over the years some outstanding shooters have represented Juneau from Christian Carpenetti to Curtis Lane.
This year congratulations go to Luvonna Martin and Eric Gross in the 8-9 age division. Although they shoot from 4 feet closet, Eric made an amazing 20 out of 25 free throws. In the 10-11 age group Talisa Rhea and Jamaal Bailey took home first-place trophies. This is Talisa's second consecutive win with a score of 13 out of 25, while Jamaal made 15. These two will be Juneau basketball team stars. Finally, in the 12-13 age group, two-time winner Jesse Post took home the honors for the ladies with an outstanding score of 19 out of 25. Keep that name in mind as I know you will hear more of it in the future. Rounding out this age group was Matt Greely scoring 15 of 25.
Thanks to all the parents and Elks who participated in making this one of the finest local events to the youth of Juneau. Thanks to all the PE teachers throughout Juneau in the elementary and middle schools who ran the preliminaries in their respective schools. Their knowledge and professionalism made for fair and exciting competition. Personal thanks to Elks Gary Durling, Bud Ivey, Jim Davis and Exalted Ruler Mark Johnson for their help and support throughout the competition.
John Pastorino,Hoop Shoot Director, P.E.R.
...for home tours
The Samaritan Counseling Centers' Board of Directors and staff wish to extend its deepest appreciation to everyone who participated in the 1999 Christmas Tour of Homes. It would not have been possible without the enormous support of the following people:
Home graciously hosted by: Bill and Lynette Cole; Dick and Sue Deems; Mary Lou and Charlie Gerbie; Rod and Cami Moline; Bill and Kathy Ruddy; and John and Corby Winters.
Volunteers for the tour: Debbie Anderson, Beth Belflower, Susie Denton, Patsy DeWitt, Holly Badgley, Dona Eley, Laurel Ericksen, Rachelle Ericksen, Kelsey Hogins, David Hinz, Jean Hinz, Martha Morris, Jan McPhetres, Allison Orsi, JoAnn Jones, Anna Ruddy, Elena Ruddy, Ben Shier, Steve Shier, Carol Smelcer and Mary Ann Soltys.
Special acknowledgement to the following: Sue Deems for donating a portion of the sale of her pottery and Norma Strickland for giving a portion of the sale of her baskets back to SCC. Local stores and individuals for their donations: Northern Lights Candle Shop for donating candle sticks and baked goods by Marty Abel, Patsy DeWitt, Bev Kelton and Susan Denton.
An extra special thanks goes to Patsy DeWitt for assisting with and creating a beautiful brochure for the tour and the tickets.
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets to support this endeavor. More than $1,500 was raised, which ensures that we never have to turn anyone away who comes to the center seeking professional counseling regardless of their financial situation.
A sincere effort was made to list all who volunteered. If your name was omitted, our sincere apologies.
Corby Winters, executive directorSamaritan Counseling Center