The words ``thank you'' seem inadequate to express our appreciation for the support and welcome this community extended to the delegation of Russian artists from our Sister City, Vladivostok. It would be impossible for the Juneau International Relations Advisory Council and the Vladivostok Sister City Committee to sponsor the many educational, business, medical and cultural exchanges that enriched our community if it were not for the generosity and support of Juneau's people. We would like to extend special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event possible: Sasha Bonk, a JDHS student, for designing the posters; Copy Works for printing the posters; Alan and Shiela Degener and Dan and Martha Hopson for housing our Russian guests; Jana Lelchuck and her Russian students, Ksenia Valetsky and Lera Moskvichov, for helping with interpreting; Sybil Davis, Liz Johnson and Dave DePew from the Arts and Humanities Council for letting us use space in their offices, and for their support and help in putting together the exhibit at Centennial Hall; Gastineau Human Services for the cash contribution; Riley Woodford of the Juneau Empire, Susan Fitzgerald of KTOO and the staff of Capital Chat at KINY for the wonderful interviews and publicity; and Marcy Johnson and the rest of KTOO's staff for setting up, publicizing and hosting the current art exhibit at their offices. Our Russian guests were thrilled with the warmhearted and enthusiastic reception they and their work received, and hope this will be the beginning of an annual event. The exhibit will be in place at KTOO through April 14 and we hope you'll all take time to enjoy viewing it. Thank you Juneau - we couldn't have done it without you!
Marie HelmSusan MorelandJuneau International Relations Advisory CommitteeJuneau-Vladivostok Sister City Committee
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