Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

... for help with 'Meeting the Challenge'

The Southeast Alaska affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC-SEA) extends warm thanks to the many people and organizations who contributed to the success of the "Meeting the Challenge" presentation Jan. 30-31.

Thanks to Dominos Pizza for their generous donation of delicious pizzas; to Gold Creek Child Development Center, ABC Center, the Alaska Family Child Care Association and Tlingit and Haida Family Child Care Program for offering child care at no charge so that parents were able to attend; to the Blanket of Wellness children's mental health consulting project for its collaboration in bringing Ms. Kaiser to Southeast Alaska; to the Alaska Wolf House Bed and Breakfast, Juneau Douglas City Museum and Chapel By the Lake for use of their beautiful spaces.

More than 200 parents and educators attended the two-day mini-conference, which included tours of early childhood programs and a public policy seminar. A special thanks to Angela Anderson, Auke Bay Co-op Preschool, Mendenhall River Preschool and Salmon Creek Head Start for hosting the tours; and to Joyanne Bloom for her excellent presentation and tour of the Capitol. Thanks also to John Manning, press secretary for Gov. Frank Murkowski; and to our Southeast senators, Kim Elton, Georgianna Lincoln, and Bert Stedman, and to Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, for welcoming early childhood educators.

AEYC-SEA Board of Directors

... for help with Red Cross Ball

The American Red Cross would like to publicly express its appreciation to the many individuals and companies that made our recent Red Cross Ball such a success. Move than $15,000 was raised for vital Red Cross programs, including our Armed Forces Emergency Services. Many thanks to our sponsors, BP Alaska, the North West Cruiseship Association, Sealaska, Conoco Phillips, KTOO and Kennecott Minerals. We also would like to thank our silent-auction donors: Wings of Alaska, Mount Fairweather Golf, Kim's Kloset, Nail Jazz, The Jewel Box, Annie Kaill's, Aspen Hotels, Fire and Ice, Tresham Gregg, A Certain Charm, Ben Brown, Jerry's Meats, Gary and Georgette Droubay, Paradise Bakery, Lana Tolls, Mishka's at the Baranof, Goldbelt Corporation, Gastineau Human Services Cultural Arts Program, Cuts On Line Day Spa, Glacier Gardens and Alaska Travel Adventures. Thanks also to Valley Lumber, and T & S Welding. Our fabulous decorations, - the genius of Jeremy Bauer - have been donated to the Junior Class for their prom. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped us decorate: Tongass Alaska Senior Girl Scout Troop No. 9, Lynn Hutton, Jill McAllister, Heather Howard, Kris Payne, Shana Kato, Danielle Graham, Kyelisa Graham and Edra Lewis, Katie and Alan Boyce, Laura Heumann, JoAnne Bell-Graves, Cami Moline, Tom Brice and Tracy Maher.

A very special thanks to our co-chairs Mrs. Nancy Murkowski and Mrs. Kathy Underwood, our emcee Ben Brown, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch and his staff, and the many legislators who turned out to show their support for the men and women in our armed services.

Kristine Harder

Financial Development Manager

... to the Juneau Adult Hockey Assn.

This past weekend the Rainforest Classic ice hockey tournament was played in Juneau. Teams from Fairbanks, Anchorage, Petersburg, Whitehorse, Mt. Lorne and Dawson City, along with two Juneau squads, skated at the Treadwell Arena.

Fairbanks beat the Mt. Lorne, Yukon, team for third place in the playoffs on Sunday. In the championship tilt on Sunday, the Juneau Aces defeated a potent Dawson City, Yukon, team 3-1 on goals by John Bohan, Steve Woods and Arthur Hughes and Chip Verrelli's solid goaltending.

Thanks to the Juneau Adult Hockey Association for hosting the tournament in cooperation with the Treadwell Arena. Rink manager Greg Smith and the entire staff at Treadwell Arena did a terrific job making sure the tournament was a success. The tournament potluck and awards ceremony featured prizes from the Nugget Outfitter, the Skaters Edge, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association. Stan Savland and Kurt Wohllhueter made the potluck memorable with donations of Petersburg Shrimp and crab.

Thanks to all the Juneau fans who came and cheered on all the teams during a fantastic ice hockey weekend.

Joe Geldhof

... from Afghanistan Girls School Project and Solace International

Solace International and the Afghanistan Girls School Project want to thank Richmond Kelly of the Lonely Planet Trading Company and the Juneau Chapter of Soroptimists International for their efforts in our Jan. 29 fundraising auction at the Juneau Elks Lodge. We also want to thank the local media for their excellent coverage of the event. The Soroptimists - Janet Schempf, Hanna Schempf, Nila Fankhauser, Judy Ripley, Martha Moore and Ann Park - were a great team to work with during the auction and helped things run as smoothly as silk. While we were not able to raise the entire amount needed for an Afghan school to be named after Juneau, we did raise $16,000. We are very pleased that the Soroptimists are committed to raising the balance needed to have an entire school funded by and named after your community.

S. Marcus Stanfill

Administrative Director

Solace International, Inc.

... from Eaglecrest

The Eaglecrest Ski & Snowboard School and guest Hilary Lindh presented a fantastic "Sweetheart of a Weekend" at Eaglecrest, Feb. 14, 15 and 16. The success of the weekend ski workshops wouldn't have been possible without tremendous support by businesses in Juneau. First, thank you to Kelly Peres and the staff at KSUP and KINY and to Mendenhall Auto and Subaru USA for promoting the 3-day event. And thank you to the many other businesses that contributed to the success of the weekend: Alaska Airlines, Volkl/Tecnica, the Hangar on the Wharf, Bullwinkle's Pizza Parlor, Sysco Food Service of Alaska, NAO-Nugget Alaskan Outfitters, Shattuck & Grummett, Steve Brantner of Merrill Lynch, Pavitt Chiropractic & Fitness Center, Lifetime Eyecare, JRC the Alaskan Club, Heritage Coffee Company, Heidi Reifenstein and Mike's Custom Printing & Sports, Creative Source, and Cheryl Levitt and Matt Miller at KTOO. Special thanks to Terri Calvin of JRC for sharing her yoga stretch secrets, Christine Schmid of the Juneau Empire for her article on Hilary and to Empire Photographer Seanna O'Sullivan for the great pictures from the Women's "Yes You Can!" workshop.

Barb Lindh

Vertical Activities Coordinator

Eaglecrest Ski & Snowboard School

... for helping make Bowl for Kids' Sake a success

On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska, I'd like to thank all of the bowlers, sponsors, and pledgers who made our 24th annual Bowl For Kids' Sake in Juneau a success on Feb. 21. Thanks to their efforts, Juneau raised more than $30,000 to help bring more caring adult friends into the lives of Juneau's youth. In particular, I'd like to thank our campaign sponsor, McDonald's of Ketchikan, and our event sponsors: Wells Fargo, The Broiler, Celebrity Cruises, Alaska Airlines, GCI, Taku 105/KJNO, KATH-TV, and Lewis Motors. We'll be thanking all of our Juneau bowlers and sponsors in a thank-you ad soon in the Juneau Empire. As we get ready to hold Bowl For Kids' Sake in Ketchikan for the first time on April 4, we are truly grateful for the many years of support from this community. Thank you, Juneau.

Marc Wheeler

Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska

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