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While it has taken some time to write this letter, we still feel that it is a necessary one to write.
The purpose of this letter is two-fold. We say, ``Our children are our future,'' yet they are the first to suffer from budget cuts.
Last year our children felt the cuts - so parents for children in Kake hosted the ``first annual 40-and-over old timers basketball tournament.''
Many Kake residents shop in Juneau and Petersburg, so letters were sent to various businesses requesting their support through donations - to raffle during the ball games. The only response we received was from ``Just for Kids'' in Petersburg. They donated an afghan, and ``Plaza Sports'' in Ketchikan donated a basketball. Thank you to these two businesses for caring about our children. Kake will remember you.
The Juneau A.N.B. Old Timers and the Angoon Old Timers came to support and take part in the tournament with the Kake Old Timers Team. Juneau Old Timers took 1st place and Angoon, 2nd place.
People of Kake enjoyed the tournament and there were exciting games with a double over-time thriller.
Although it was scheduled late in the year the tournament was a success.
All proceeds after paying bills went to the Kake City Schools Athletic Fund. A total of $4,100 was earned and $3,793 was donated to the school.
Thank you to all those who donated, the teams that participated, to all who cared!
Now...The second annual Kake old timers 40-and-over tournament is about to happen.
Its scheduled for Feb. 15-18 to accommodate teams from the north who want to participate. They include: Fairbanks, Juneau, Angoon, and Sitka. Teams from the south include: Metlakatla and Ketchikan.
There are exciting games and entertainment to boot. Hey, things are happening in Kake. All the games are fun (the way they used to be, before it got too serious) and the guys over 40 do have talent.
And it's all for the kids....
Royal and JoAnn JacksonKake