Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, February 02, 2005

... for turning on your lights

On Dec. 17, 2004, Coastal Helicopters, Coastal Fuel, Petro Marine Services and the Mendenhall Flying Lions Club provided helicopter tours of the Christmas lights in Mendenhall Valley. Funds raised in this project, more than $6,000, were designated for the Neurofibromatosis Foundation and the Lions' sight projects. In the 312 hour project, we were able to take more than 260 people up for a fantastic view of the lights.

We would like to thank stations KSUP, KINY, TAKU 105 and their employees for tremendous support. We also appreciate the patience shown by those who stood in line to fly with us. For the first time, we had to limit the number of flights due to our own imposed time restraints.

Special thanks go out to the residents of Mendenhall Valley for turning on their lights that night.

Robert Hungerford,

President, Mendenhall Flying Lions Club

... to friends and former students

I want to thank my friends, former students, and the Juneau community for the outpouring of cards, flowers and phone calls on my 90th birthday last week.

It is a pleasure to have set roots and live in a community which is so giving. My heartfelt thanks to all of you.

I came to Juneau to teach fifth grade in 1948. Over the past 57 years I have watched my former students grow, and even retire.

With love, prayers and cares to you all,

Rosie Hermes


... for supporting American Red Cross

The American Red Cross would like to express its gratitude to the many volunteers, businesses, and attendees who helped make "A Night in Shanghai" such a success. Nearly $20,000 was raised at the Red Cross Ball, funds desperately needed to provide vital disaster and armed forces emergency services here in Southeast Alaska.

A big thank you to our title sponsor, the North West CruiseShip Association; our gold sponsor, Conoco Phillips; lead sponsor, Worksafe; and silver sponsors, Sealaska, Coeur Alaska, Kennecott Minerals and KTOO. Thanks to Teck Cominco for their support as well. We greatly appreciate the publicity help from Jeff Brown; our "voice," Chris Sharpe; Elgee, Rehfeld & Mertz; Baxter, Bruce and Sullivan; and the Juneau Medical Clinic/Medispa.

Once again Bauer-Howard Design magically transformed Centennial Hall into a wondrous sight. Many thanks to Jeremy Bauer, Heather Howard, Cris Payne, Donna Ortiz, Manuel Hernandez, Tresham Gregg, Girl Scout Group #8, Katie Boyce, Amanda Jones, Gastineau Human Services volunteers, Valley Lumber, the Dept. of Fish & Game, Saralyn Tabachnick, Northland Services and Good Humor Balloons.

Unfortunately what goes up must also come down. Our sincere gratitude to Paul and Kris Berg, Dr. Amy Dressel, Teri Tibbett, Lacy Reinhart, Blake Arrington, Sandy Boyce, and Tony Sholty. The fabulous auction simply could not have happened without the amazing committee of Lana Tolls, JoAnne Bell Graves, George Elgee, Nancy Woizeschke, Cathy Munoz and Ben Brown. Security was generously provided by USCG members YN1 Dave Washburn, YN2 Deana Dolphin, YNC Tim Mooney and SN Jennifer Tabbutt.

Our deepest appreciation to the generous individuals and businesses who donated to this year's auction: The JSL Group at Smith Barney, Larry Persily, Elgee Rehfeld & Mertz, Advanced Skin Care, Coastal Helicopters, Gail Waltzer, Canton House, Ad Lib, Steve Hamilton & The Baranof Hotel, Taku Smokeries, Juan Munoz, Fire & Ice, Thyes Shaub, Paradise Bakery, The Jewel Box, Freakin' Pizza, The Sportsman Barbershop, Foxfire, Faulkner Banfield, Debbie Pusich & Foodland Super Drug, The Bear's Lair, Jerry's Meats, Judy Sherburne, Juneau Imagination Station, Gourmet Alaska , Shear Design, the Alaskan Brewing Company, Four Seasons Tours, Orca Enterprises, the Wild Weekend in Haines consortium of L.A.B., Chilkat Valley B & B, Chilkat Guides, Mountain Market, the Chilkat Dance Theatre, the Princeton Hall and Bill & Kathy Ruddy, and the Gustavus Getaway group of Wings of Alaska, Spruce Tip Lodge, Mt. Fairweather Golf, and Dancing Crane Bodyworks.

A huge thanks to our special entertainment, Ed Carrillo and the Filipino drummers, and our Chinese dragon, which traveled all the way from Haines, performed by Annette Smith and Chris Sharpe. And last, but certainly not least, heartfelt gratitude to the Thunder Mountain Big Band and vocalist Vicki Van Fleet.

Kristine Harder

American Red Cross of Alaska

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