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Thank you

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002

...for the photos

I, as a member of the Juneau SAFE KIDS Coalition, would like to thank your photographer Michael Penn and your editing staff for the front page picture of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002. For those who may not remember, it was entitled "Eaglecrest Jump" and showed Nick Andrews in the air after taking a jump in the new terrain park at Eaglecrest. Why am I thanking you for the picture? Am I a relative or friend of Nick's? No. I am thanking you for the picture because it shows something that the Juneau SAFE KIDS Coalition is spending a great deal of volunteer time trying to get across to parents and kids: Wear a helmet! Helmets save lives and prevent brain injury whether you are skiing, snowboarding, biking or skateboarding.

The Juneau SAFE KIDS Coalition would like to thank the Juneau Empire for choosing a picture that promotes the use of safety equipment and would like to encourage your photographers and editors to continue to pick pictures and publish articles that promote safety. Choose a picture of a kid with the helmet on a bike or skateboard (or, in this case, while skiing), or mention seat belt use when reporting an accident. While they may seem insignificant to your staff, they help us get the word out: Safe kids are no accident!

Karen Lawfer, Coordinator

Juneau SAFE KIDS

... for the support.

The annual Alaska Outdoor Council banquet and fund-raiser took place on Feb. 21 here in Juneau. It was a huge success. More than 200 people attended the banquet, including many state legislators and staff. Our local Territorial Sportsmen organization is a member of the council and provided support for the fund-raiser.

As we have in the past, the banquet committee stressed the importance of maintaining a high quality meal coupled with lots of door prizes, auction items and plenty of fun. The caterer did an outstanding job in providing our surf and turf dinner. The prime rib was superb and the shrimp-stuffed halibut was a big hit.

Thanks to the many fine donations from individuals, organizations and companies the fund-raiser was well-stocked. Numerous high quality outdoor items, Alaskan artist prints, jewelry, sporting goods, knives, rifles, shotguns, decoys, fishing and hunting trips and humorous contributions were available for the many auctions and raffles conducted during the evening.

Although all of the expenses have not been tallied, our gross receipts are well over $30,000, which exceeded our greatest expectations. The committee is already preparing for next year with the intent of making it an even bigger event. This banquet is already being identified as one of the premier outdoor fund-raising activities for the Alaska Outdoor Council. We especially want to express our appreciation for your contribution in making this annual event so successful.

Mal Linthwaite, president

Territorial Sportsmen, Inc.

...for all the help.

Thank you to the people involved in the "Warming America Project." The Juneau Pioneers' Home received lap robes, afgans and a shawl from them.

The residents were truly pleased at the lovely gifts and the generosity that this community has shown. What a great idea this was! This is a wonderful community and we are surely blessed to be a part of it.

Residents, staff and families of the Juneau Pioneers' Home.



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