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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2007

Thanks for supporting AWARE's annual dinner

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AWARE's 11th annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction was a magnificent success! It was a privilege to recognize this year's honorees, Joyanne Bloom, Dolores Cadiente, Ann Lockhart, and Connie Munro. Their contributions to our community and their words of wisdom and inspiration made this event an exceptional celebration.

AWARE extends gratitude and appreciation for essential support from the community of Juneau. This annual fundraising event was made possible by a variety of people offering generous gifts of time, energy, and heart. We were honored with the presence of all Juneau's delegation to the state Legislature and thank Rep. Beth Kerttula for her opening remarks and presenting the awards, and Sen. Kim Elton and Rep. Andrea Doll for their remarks and presentation of awards, Liz Dodd for her inimitable hosting the Master of Ceremony duties, the Rob Cohen Jazz Group for graciously providing music, the Glacier Valley HeART and SOLE Ballroom dancers for their wonderful welcoming performance, Amy Carroll for program production, Jeanette St. George for producing bid sheets and table names, and Amy Newman for developing biographies for each of the women.

AWARE would also like to thank the Women of Distinction Corporate Sponsors and Precious Gems. Their generous financial support helps make this event all that it is. Special thanks to our Gold Corporate Sponsor who donated $2,500: First National Bank Alaska and to our Silver Sponsors who donated a minimum $1,000: Sealaska, Wells Fargo, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Alaska Housing Finance Corp. and Machamer Charitable Fund. Special thanks to the AWARE's Precious Gems, Diamond donating $1,000: Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska; Sapphire donating $750: Cathy Johnson; and Ruby donating $250; Sam Kito, Jr., Albert Adams, and Elgee, Rehfeld, and Mertz, for their caring and kindness.

We would like to thank the hundreds of people who attended the dinner, donated an object for the auction, made a financial contribution or bought an advertisement. The proceeds from the Women of Distinction event further AWARE's work with victims 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.

Finally, I would like to thank the dedicated Board of Directors; Co- Chairs Marla Berg and Patti Bland, Treasurer Michele Masuda, Secretary Sarah Felix, and members Elizabeth Blecker, Chris Burke, Shirley Carlson, Cheryl Eldemar, Cathy Johnson, John Leque, Barbara Murray, Michele Ricci, and the staff at AWARE who worked tirelessly to bring the details of the event to life.

AWARE's ability to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault is greatly enhanced by this demonstration of community support. Together we are working towards a community of zero tolerance for interpersonal violence, where we can all live in peace and freedom.

Saralyn Tabachnick

Executive director, AWARE


Thanks for helping Friends of the Flags

This is a special year for Friends of the Flags. The flags of the 50 states have flown above Egan Drive from Marine Park to 10th Street and Egan every summer since 1977. Thanks to the many friends who make up FOTF, we soon will celebrate out 30th anniversary.

Folks new to Juneau might wonder why and how we carry out this project. The answer to the "why" is pride in our beautiful capital of Alaska. The answer to "how" is twofold:

1) We have a fundraiser each spring to finance the project. The community has been very responsive due primarily to help from KINY/KSUP radio stations and Dennis Egan, general manager. They have supported our cause from the beginning by airing public service announcements. Kelly Peres, KINY/KSUP operations manager, produces the public service announcements and makes them available to other stations in the Juneau area. The Empire helps us by including letters such as this on the Neighbors page.

2) We have a hearty crew of volunteers, headed by Jim Akins, who assembles and installs the flags in the spring and takes them down in the fall. Akins operates the state-of-the-art manlift crane that is provided free of charge by Tyler Rentals Inc. and Steve Kikendall, Juneau manager. We very much appreciate their letting us use their machine.

Thanks to all who have supported us over the past 30 years. Let's keep the flags flying. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 32201, Juneau, AK, 99803.

Rudy Ripley

Chairman, Friends of the Flags


Thanks for participating at Eaglecrest this year

Eaglecrest thanks all the skiers who participated in our new adult programs this winter. "Seniors Edge," "Reach the Peak," "Get Out of Your Rut!" and "Yes You Can!" were well attended and a load of fun. Thank you Pavitt Health and Fitness Center and Nugget Alaskan Outfitter for sponsoring these programs by providing souvenir Traveler Mugs. We enjoyed the informative presentations by Mycah Bossio, personal trainer from Pavitt Health and Fitness, and Ron Flint, of Nugget Alaskan Outfitter. A special thanks to Valley Breeze In for donating the yummy goodies for the "Yes You Can!" continental breakfast.

One of the highlights of "Seniors Edge" and "Yes You Can!" was aprs ski yoga stretch presented by Ronda Gardinier of Rainforest Yoga. It got the kinks out. Thank you, Ronda.

It has been a great season - all of you who joined in our programs helped make winter fun at Eaglecrest.

Barb Lindh


Thanks for contributing to our Youth Summit

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Youth Summit on March 21 at the Juneau-Douglas High School. We felt it was a great success and it had a great deal to do with your participation and support.

Thanks to the co facilitators, Ati Nasiah and TRAIN, Cristina Reitz, Abe Levy, Gabrielle Vance, Craig Lyons, Casady Herding and GSA, Peggy Cowan, Bernie Sorenson, Kristine Burke, Donavan Jackson, Miguel Rohr and Steve Lewis. Thanks to X Kay Star members, Tom, Alex, Daniel and Kyle.

Community volunteers were: Molly, Blake, Drew, Jorden Nigro, Brian McCabe, Drew Krueger, Anne, Sunshine Ratliff, Laura Stone, Julia Erickson, John. Also student council members, Eric Choquette, Devin Baxter, Annie Bartholomew and Mirika. Thank you to community Businesses: Safeway, Fred Meyers, Safeway, Perseverance Theatre, Treadwell Arena, Juneau Youth Service, Zach Gordon, Heritage Coffee, Capital Records, McDonalds, Girl Scouts, Alaska & Proud, and Bullwinkle's.

Once again, this is an example of the great community spirit of Juneau.

Hannah Gaebler and Laura Stats


Thanks for matching our Penny Drive funds

The Choosing Healthy Options In Cooperative Education program at Juneau-Douglas High School would like to thank Alaska Pacific Bank.

CHOICE raised $281 in pennies during their annual Penny Drive fundraiser that took place in February. Students in the program get to decide which local organization receives the donation. Because Alaska Pacific Bank is matching the funds raised this year, the CHOICE Program will be donating a total of $562 to the Glory Hole Homeless Shelter on Franklin Street. A special thank you goes to Alaska Pacific Bank for their generous help.

Laura Stone


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