... for food drive success
During the month of March, the Department of Fish and Game held a food drive to benefit the Southeast Alaska Food Bank (SEAFB).
Lori Van Steenwyk headed up the food drive for the department.
Three brave Division of Administration employees volunteered to shave their heads if the following goals were met: Matt Van Steenwyk if 2000 pounds were collected; Chris Lewis if 4000 pounds were collected; and Jemima Monroe if 6,000 pounds were collected. The Commissioner's office challenged each division in headquarters and the Douglas regional office to meet or exceed 500 lbs. of food donations. The Division of Administration challenged that the division with the largest item count at the end of the food drive would be given the immense honor of having their leaders pick people from within their division to actually participate in the shaving of heads.
Thank you to KINY radio for spreading the word about the department's food drive. We received donations from Department of Labor employees, especially Monty Norvell who brought in over 500 pounds, Analytica Alaska employees, City and Borough of Juneau employees, and Department of Health and Social Services/Senior and Disability Services employees.
The final total for collections was 4,392 pounds.
... to all the unsung Heroes
It takes a village to make an opera!
In addition to all the volunteer singers, instrumentalists, craftspeople and administrators that helped to create last weekend's production of the Ravel opera, "L'Enfant," I would especially like to thank the marvelous Opera to GO! board of directors: Kim Andrews, Sara Chambers, Jim Fowler, Jason Alexander, Jan McPhetres, Steve McPhetres, Marie Love and Phil Schempf.
Without the tireless efforts of these splendid supporters, and without the support of our wonderful community, "L'Enfant" could never have come to be. Heartfelt thanks and springtime blessings to you all!
Joyce Parry Moore
Director, Opera to GO!
... to cruise industry foundation
On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska, I'd like to thank the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) for their leadership gift of $25,000. The Foundation matched the donations from the first five founding members of our Little Moments Big Magic Society, who donated a minimum of $1000 for five years. The Foundation announced their gift at our Big Magic Luncheon on March 31, when we also launched the Little Moments Big Magic Society.
We are extremely grateful to the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation for its generous donation. This gift shows the commitment of the cruise industry to the communities of Southeast Alaska and our children. Their gift will allow us to find more caring adult mentors for Southeast Alaska's youth. It also helped encourage long-term donations from local citizens in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters. We'd like to thank Rep. Don Young, as well, who supported the Foundation's contribution to BBBS.
Finally, we'd like to give our heartfelt thank you to everyone who came and supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska during our Big Magic Luncheon, especially the founding members of the Little Moments Big Magic Society: Larry Persily, George and Debbie Reifenstein, Marie Olson, Georgette and Gary Droubay, Bill and Sharon Wildes, Elgee Rehfeld & Mertz, LLC, and an anonymous donor.