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Posted: Friday, March 02, 2007

Thanks for helping with BIG Campaign

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All of us at Big Brothers Big Sisters (staff, the Bigs and Littles, and their families throughout Southeast Alaska) want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who helped make our recent BIG Campaign 2006 a success. It was our first-ever coordinated regional media and outreach volunteer recruitment campaign and many people and businesses helped out.

BIG Campaign thanks to KINY/KSUP; Karlene John; Kathy John; Alaska Electric Light and Power's Patricia Hull and Richelle Burns; University of Alaska Southeast students Amanda Triplett, Kari Dammerman, Tanya Ewing, Stephanie Ashley, and Alumni Relations Manager Keni Campbell; Juneau Youth Football League; Juneau-Douglas High School head football coach Bill Chalmers; Chris and Benthe Mertl; Matt Knutson of InterDesign; Big Brother Matthew Keiper; Big Brother John Hickey; Big Brother Adam Arca; Big Brother Matt Hawthorne; Big Brother Wello Raidmae; Big Brother Cliff Stone; Big Brother Woody Widmark; Big Brother Tom Moore; Big Brother Vince Hansen; Big Brother Nolan Davis; Big Brother Tom Wall; Big Brother Nils Dihle; Tena Williamson of the Ketchikan Daily News; Alaska Broadcast Communications; Daily Sitka Sentinel; GCI Cable Television; Coast Alaska; Karla Donaghey of Inside Passage; Jodi Wolf of Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Tribal News; Foggy Mountain Shop in Juneau; Safeway, Chevron, and Tongass Trading Company in Ketchikan; Catotti and Goldberg Art Studio in Haines; Ace Hardware in Hoonah; Orion Sporting Goods in Sitka; our anonymous donor of Alaska Airline miles; Big Sister Melinda Hernandez and all our friends who referred their friends, co-workers and family to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Athough we exceeded our campaign recruitment goal, there are still 131 boys and girls ready to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister across the region and only 35 adults ready to become mentors. So, we'll be encouraging more even folks to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters this year.

Marc Wheeler

Executive director, BBBS of Southeast Alaska


Thanks for making our hoe down a success

On behalf of the Auke Bay School community, I would like to extend great appreciation and gratitude to all the people who helped make our annual hoe down a success. This family music evening is a fundraiser for our music program. We want to especially thank Caller Tom Paul and the "Downtown Hoedowners" including John Church, Ellen Ferguson, and Henry and Sarah Hopkins.

Many thanks to Lisa Cramer, and Keenan Wright for additional help. All of your efforts made the evening a wonderful fun music night for everyone.

Ann Boochever

Music teacher, Auke Bay School


Thanks for the first Murder Mystery benefit

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Perseverance Theatre, and especially our special events and fundraising committee, I wanted to convey our thanks for our first Murder Mystery and Benefit Wine Auction. It was a huge success, raising almost $4,500, thanks in large part to the generosity of Gary Fournier and Alaska Distributors, as well as Rick Kasnick and the staff of the Douglas Island Pub. A big public thanks, as well, to Lori Brotherton who continues to step up to the plate for us each time we have an auction and need a mastermind to keep our records straight - and our bidders happy! We also couldn't have had the success we did without the tireless donation of time and talent of our actors (Ibn Bailey, Ed Christian, Chuck Cooper, Ginny Hayes, Dan Reaume and Sara Waisanen), our auctioneer (Deb Brevoort), and production crew (Terry Cramer, Louanne Christian and Sara Raster). Special thanks, as well, to: Juneau Montessori for rehearsal space; our fundraising and special events committee for this event (Sara Raster, Louanne Christine, Sue Koester, board chair Terry Cramer, and our staff support from Jenny Lagundino and Jeff Herrmann); and especially Juneau's media - the Juneau Empire, the Capital City Weekly, GCI-cable, KINY-KSUP, KTOO, KRNN, KXLL, KJNO and KTKU. We could never have gotten out the word about this first attempt without their generous public service efforts - especially Capital Chat (Chris Burns/KINY) and "A Juneau Afternoon" (Jeff Brown/KTOO). Finally, thank you to all who sold tickets, bought tickets, bid on wine, made donations and joined us for this first murder mystery night to benefit Perseverance Theatre. We lift our glasses to you - and look forward to next year's "second annual" event!

Sharon Gaiptman


Thanks for contributing to our performances

I had the distinct pleasure of playing my trumpets at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Juneau and the Chilkat Center in Haines last weekend with my friends and fellow musicians Nancy Nash, a pianist from Haines, and Patricia Hull, a soprano from Juneau. The warmth of our audiences was so overwhelming that I forgot to publicly thank some very important people and organizations that made our concerts in Juneau and Haines so successful. I hope this medium will serve that purpose.

I would like to thank Wings of Alaska for donating transportation back to Juneau after the Haines concert. KTOO in Juneau and KHNS in Haines were very helpful in getting the word out about our concerts as were the Empire and Chilkat Valley News. Brian Wallace of the Empire was kind enough to photograph us after hours last Tuesday evening. Gloria Merry deserves thanks for filming our first concert in Juneau. Resurrection Lutheran Church, who has been a supportive partner in student music for many years, hosted our concerts in Juneau. Our audiences at the schools last week and at our formal concerts generously shared their enthusiasm for our music. It was a pleasure to play for you and we look forward to doing it again soon.

Rick Trostel


Thanks for celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich

We would like to thank the community and staff for coming out to help Gastineau Elementary honor Elizabeth Peratrovich A good time was had by all. Ms. Anni Stokes, Readers Theater group did a fantastic job in singing the Elizabeth Peratrovich song. Thank you. Tad Wilson, Shawnae Adams, Toma Kimlinger, Amber Baguya and Ms. Stokes.

The PITAAS tutors, Erin Tripp and Katy Waid helped us to dedicate the poster photos given to Gastineau Elementary by the Tlingit Culture, Language and Literacy Program, Harborview School. We will enjoy the photos and have found a special place to hang them. Stop in to see our photo display.

We were honored to have present Michalyn Kunz-McGhee, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 2 president, Priscilla Kunz, ANS Camp No. 2, Jackie Dailey, ANS Camp No. 70, Elsie Westman, ANS Camp No. 70, Andy Ebona, Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp No. 2 President, and Ed Kunz, ANB Camp No. 2 Corresponding Secretary. Thank you for your presence and your kind words. We look forward to next year's celebration.

Jennifer Scott and the Expanding on Excellence staff

Gastineau Elementary


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