Thanks for helping Juneau Pioneers Home this holiday

Posted: Friday, February 06, 2009

On behalf of the staff and residents of the Juneau Pioneers' Home, we would like to extend our deep appreciation to the many wonderful organizations and individuals in the Juneau community who have offered their gifts of time, talent and presence during this holiday season.

As an Eden Alternative home, we strive to create a loving community that is both vibrant and engaging. Your generosity has made such a difference in the lives of our residents. We're immeasurably grateful for your support and generosity and we offer you our heartfelt thanks for helping us to create an environment which is truly "home."

On Nov. 26, the Glacier Valley Rotary Club sponsored their 19th Annual Pie Auction to benefit the residents of the Juneau Pioneers' Home. The proceeds from this wonderful event will be used throughout the year to enhance the lives of our elders here at JPH.

Special thanks to Colleen Sullivan, whose energy, enthusiasm and creativity, fueled the success of this years' auction, and all those who helped collect donations, and to Kevin Sullivan and Richard Burns, our fabulous auctioneers. Also, thanks to Sarah and Haley Mertz and Andreas Keller for their assistance during the auction, Dave Cote and the Pioneers' Home Central Office staff, the women of the ESA and to all who made donations in the form of desserts, prizes or bids!

Our sincere thanks to the following individuals and businesses, whose contributions made this year's auction the huge success that it was.

Wendy Sellick, Steve and Cheryl Greer, Penny Bundy, Carmen Harris, Glacier Restaurant, Jamie Letterman, Hangar on the Wharf, Vintage Fare, Maria deGuzman, Zenaida Hill, Living Color Stained Glass, Cindy Athearn, Molly Kay, Pat Beadle, Fred Meyer, Jeff Kemp, Dave Cote, Sandi Branum, Lisa Greenough, Karen Wright, Alaskan Brewery, Tish Griffin-Satre, Mary Dornbirer, Penny Bundy, Jim O'Donnell, Red Dog Saloon, Vickie Perry, Gourmet Alaska, Super Bear, David Gelotte, Sharon Burns, Radio Shack, Charlie Williams, Goldbelt/Mt Roberts Tramway, Chuck Kaltenbach, Holly's Hallmark, Safeway, Shear Design, Sheri Vidic, Rejeuvination Spa, Rodfather's Broiler, Temsco Helicopters, The Baranof Hotel, Cher's Haircare, Patti Bippus, Sunburst on the Wharf, Channcie Bean, Taku 105, Margi Maki, Glacier Gardens, Val Mertz, Leslie Dahl, Alaska Pacific Bank, Eric Forst, Naida James and the Holy Trinity Prayer Group, Jamie Letterman, Pizzeria Roma, Carolyn Reddekopp, Janie Wilson, Kenny Solomon, John DeCherney, Shreeja Maskay and Alaska Nepal, GNC, Diane Pinar, Judy Klein, Wendy Cole, Nino Bohulano, and all of the wonderful folks whose names were unavailable to us. Thank you so much for your generous support!

For many years, the Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club has provided a magnificent Christmas tree to decorate our home during the holidays. The members always make sure that every resident has something special under the tree, and they help us kick off the holiday season with a wonderful caroling party and a visit from St. Nick. Their graciousness and generosity is so touching and deeply appreciated by all of us here at JPH. Thank you for your kindness to us and your generous support.

The Juneau Moose Lodge, has, for many years, provided the refreshments for our annual holiday party. With enthusiasm, graciousness and humor, they provide a spread that is both plentiful and delicious for our residents, staff and guests. Thank you, Juneau Moose Lodge, for keeping us well-fed and for your continued support over the years. Your kindness to us is very much appreciated.

The Women of the ESA offer their support to us in so many ways throughout the year, including assisting at the Pie Auction, our annual Senior Prom, and at various times throughout the year.

Dale Wygant and the "Oompah Band" have, for many years, provided music for our annual holiday party, and at various other times throughout the year. Their gift of music and presence adds greatly to the merriment of the evening and the season. In addition to the annual events, Dale is a devoted volunteer who shares his musical gifts with us regularly throughout the year.

The Thunder Mountain Big Band, whose music provides not only a very enjoyable evening, but a link to happy memories from the "Big Band" days has been very generous with their time and talent. To all of you, we offer our deep appreciation.

There are so many other individuals and groups who regularly share their time and talents with our residents throughout the year. Jim and Martha Stey, Jacque Farnsworth, Rita Fischer, Penny Stephens, Ingrid Zaruba, Kurt and Zrinka Dzinich, Miss Scarlett's, Beth Belflower, Marty Messick and Ellie, Jeff and Marcy Larsen and Jasmine, Phyllis Kirkham and Phoebe, Mike Kirk, Ward Lamb, Pioneers of Alaska, BJ Imboden, Sandy and Jerry Fiscus, Sharon Lowe, Dave and Priscilla Ibesate, Pat Stringer, Harriet Bothello, Brian and Helen Idzik, Carolyn Gould, Sr. Marie, Sandy King, Chris and Alan Shuler, Loren and Carolyn Rasmussen, Dan and Lorinda Kassner, Janice Holst Dancers, Heartstrings, Daughters of the New Moon, Bernie Kirkpatrick, St. Paul's Youth Group, Cathedral Youth Group, Northern Lights Youth Group, Cub Scout Pack 5, Zahasky Family Band, Lou Suchan, Alexa and Wade Gifford, Ernestine Denny, Morgan Fawcett, Chapel By the Lake, St. Paul's Catholic Church, First Baptist Church, Auke Bay Bible Church, Denali Lutheran Church, Douglas Island Methodist Church, and all of the wonderful folks who assist with our church services each week, and the many other kind folks, whose names are unavailable to us, who offer their support in various ways throughout the year. Thank you one and all for all that you do to enhance the lives of our elders! It's you who make Juneau the wonderful community that it is!

Kathy Fanning and the staff and residents of the JuneauPioneers' Home


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