Thank you

Posted: Friday, April 08, 2005

... to all involved in Women of Distinction Dinner

AWARE's ninth annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction, held on the evening of March 12, at Centennial Hall, was a magnificent success.

It was a privilege to recognize this year's honorees: Joy Lyon, Kim Metcalfe, Jeri Museth and Laura Stats for their dedication to our community and the inspirational example of how they live their lives.

The Women of Distinction dinner was a gala, celebratory evening, and we were delighted to have so many supporters present to celebrate with us.

The joy of the evening would not have been possible without the volunteer work of many people offering generous gifts of time, energy, and heart. AWARE would like to thank the following: Rep. Beth Kertulla and Cheryl Frasca, director of the Office of Management and Budget from the Governor's Office, for their thoughtful remarks and for presenting the awards; Liz Dodd for performing the master-of-ceremony duties with exceptional humor; the Robert Cohen Jazz Trio for musical entertainment; Patrice Helmar for a beautiful introduction and song; Amy Carroll for producing a fabulous program book; John Nylen for program photography; Amy Maio for writing the honoree biographies; and Rie Munoz for allowing us to use her artwork on the program cover.

We thank First National Bank Alaska, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Alaska Housing Finance Corp. and Wells Fargo for corporate sponsorship; and Nell Wagoner, M.D., AEL&P, Robin Gilchrist, Sheila Pearce, Machamar Foundation, Jim and Arbe Williams and Sam Kito Jr. for financial support.

Space limitations prohibit us from naming each individual and business who donated to our silent auction; trust that we thank each of you wholeheartedly for your generous donations. Thanks also to the hundreds who attended the dinner or made other financial contributions.

The proceeds from AWARE's Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction further our healing work with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to honor women who have made a difference while supporting work to end violence in our community.

Thanks lastly to AWARE's dedicated board of directors: Sue Baxter, Barbara Belknap, Marla Berg, Patti Bland, Liz Blecker, Sarah Felix, Cathy Johnson, John Leque, Jackie Martin, Michele Masuda, Barb Murray and the staff at AWARE who worked tirelessly to bring the details of the event to life.

We couldn't do it without you.

Saralyn Tabachnick,

Executive director,


... from Princess Tours for community's patience

Princess Tours would like to thank the community for its patience as we train our 80 local driver-guides for the upcoming visitor season.

In a continuing effort to put safety first, we are conducting training on city streets with our motor-coaches and mini-buses. Our training should be completed in approximately five weeks.

Princess will also begin our 13th year of support for Juneau students and their SeaWeek programming later this month.

You will find many more motor-coaches on the road than is normal this time of year, and we appreciate your continued understanding and support.

Kirby Day

Princess Tours

... to Marilyn O'Brien from the Juneau Family Assistance Center

The Juneau Family Assistance Center would like to thank Marilyn O'Brien for her recent donation of Beanie Babies. They have been sent to the soldiers over in Iraq to pass out to the children while they are on patrol. Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of children in a different part of the world.

Laura J. Gilbert,

Juneau Family Assistance Center

... for supporting Alpine Ski State Championships at Eaglecrest

The Juneau Ski Club would like to thank Eaglecrest Ski Area, Freakin' Pizza, Subway and Kensington gold mine who helped sponsor and support the 2005 12-and-under Alpine Ski State Championships held March 25-27 at Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau.

We would also like to extend a huge thanks to all the parents and individuals involved in organizing and working the races. With all their help and patronage, the State Championship races were a fun and successful event, attracting over 40 elite youth participants from all around the state.

Juneau Ski Club

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