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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2006

Thank you for making arts gala for the charter school a success

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The Spring for the Arts Gala was a tremendous success, and we at the Juneau Community Charter School would like to publicly thank the many who helped make the evening such a pleasure.

First, we thank the artists whose performances made the evening memorable: Sharon Gaiptman and David Paul; the College Bound String Band (Lindsay Clark, Auri Clark, Laura Zahasky, Quinn Zahasky, Hannah Wilson and Paul Zahasky); Ani Torgerson and Andy Ferguson; Brave Monkey (Doug Bridges, Adrian Minne, Jason Caputo and Clay Good); the Bobb Family Band (Riley Woodford, Jane Roodenburg, Clay Good, Albert McDonnell and Jason Caputo); and of course, the Juneau Community Charter School Singers.

Thanks to Lucas Hoiland for stage preparation and Albert McDonnell for sound direction. We also would like to thank those who helped us make dinner such a delicious and satisfying treat: Pappy Poe, Rainbow Foods, Red Dog Saloon, Juanita's Roast Coffee, and McDonald's of Juneau.

The following program advertisers helped defray the gala's expenses: Alaska Health Options; the McDowell Group; Network & Information Services; Valley Paint Center; Karen Shanz, The Creating Place, Pavitt Health and Fitness; Red Dog Saloon, Reuben Willis-State Farm Insurance, Barbara Thurston, Consulting Actuary; Shattuck & Grummett; Rainbow Foods; Wilson Engineering; Larry Foster, DDS; Auke Bay Electric; Taku Harley-Davidson; Juneau Artists Gallery; Carson Dorn; Dareen's Hair Studio; and Potpourri Pottery. Thanks also to Alaska Litho, for assistance with printing costs; and KTOO-FM, for help with publicity.

The gala's silent auction could not have been a success without the following businesses and individuals who donated items: Alaska General Store; Alaska Health Options; Anne Newman; Art Sutch; Dean Guaneli; Dianne Anderson; Douglas Island Pink and Chum; Eric Torgerson; Eric Twelker; Fitness Essentials; Frances Herfurth; Fritz Funk; Full Circle Music; Goldbelt Travel; Gold Town Nickelodeon; Gourmet Alaska; Gross Alaska Theaters; Hearthside Books; Heritage Coffee; Joan Newman; John Spiech; Juneau Arts and Humanities Council; Judy Forrest; Karen Forrest; Karen Wells; Kathy Sweeney; Made in the Shade Coffee; Mike Stark; Mychal Bossio; Nugget Alaskan Outfitter; Our Big Backyard; Perseverance Theatre; Play it Again Sports; Ray Watkins; Rob Roys; Skeins Yarn Shop; Susan McDonough; Tom's Pots; The Creating Place; The Imagination Station; Arctic Circle Enterprises; Charity Green; Sue Deems; and TEMSCO Helicopters. Thanks to you all.

The kids, staff and parents of the Juneau Community Charter School

Thanks for participating in the United Way Spring Day of Caring

A heartfelt thanks to University of Alaska Southeast student volunteers at AWARE, and the United Way of Southeast Alaska for sponsoring the Spring Day of Caring on April 8. Through their efforts, UWSEAK partnered UAS students with AWARE to wash and scrub indoors and out, weed our flower beds, and create a greater sense of neatness and order at our facility. On behalf of the hundreds of women and children seeking safe shelter and supportive services at AWARE, we specifically recognize Stephanie Ashley, Bethany Hisman, Thomas Hughes, Kellen Kraft, Diane Le, and Chan Valentine, all students at UAS, for their time and hard work on sunny Saturday.

Through the community's contributions to the United Way, agencies like AWARE receive funding to provide important services in our community. It takes an entire community to create an atmosphere of zero tolerance for interpersonal violence. Thanks to the United Way and UAS for working with us to create a peaceful and healing environment for those who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Saralyn Tabachnick


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