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Thank you

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2005

... for the help

The swimmers and parents of Glacier Swim Club would like to thank everyone who helped make our annual fund-raiser, Aqualaps, such a success. The team collected pledges for a 7-week period from individuals and businesses. They came together on April 3 and swam over 11,000 laps to raise funds necessary to pay coaches, purchase equipment, rent the pool and offset the cost of team travel.

Thank you to the following businesses, which contributed prizes to keep the swimmers motivated throughout the pledge drive: Blockbuster, Bullwinkle's, Douglas Cafe, Fred Meyer, Gross Alaska, McDonald's, Nugget Outfitters, Papa Murphy's, Party Zone, and Western Auto.

We would also like to thank our gold level corporate sponsors: Alaska Auto Repair, Alaska Marine Lines, Anchor Electric, Construction Machinery, Cyndi's Cruise and Travel, Elgee, Rehfeld, Mertz, CPA's, GCI Cable, the Hodgson family, Ike's Fuel, J.M. Walsh & Company, Kennecott Greens Creek Mining Company, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, Ross Company, Sealaska, Southeast Panhandlers, Taku Smokeries, and Wells Fargo.

Without the generosity of these companies as well as many more individuals and businesses, it would not be possible for the Glacier Swim Club to provide such a quality program to Juneau's youth. For those who are interested in seeing their donation put to work, we invite you to come down to the pool and check it out. Our swimmers are practicing Monday through Saturday. Thanks for supporting youth swimming in Juneau.

Aqualaps volunteers

Glacier Swim Club

... for the donations

On April 2, 2005, a successful fund-raising event was held for Beckie Wilson who is currently in Seattle undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

How does one say thank you for the generosity of their church, family, friends, co-workers and community on such a grand scale? There is no way that one simple letter could express enough gratitude to everyone, but Beckie and Fred want all to know of their appreciation.

"Our deepest gratitude to everyone who had a part in our fund-raiser. Words do not begin to express our sincere thankfulness. We are overwhelmed with your love and support. You are truly awesome friends," Beckie and Fred said.

There were many businesses and individuals who donated items for the silent auction and the dessert auction. There were those who shopped, cooked and served the lasagna dinner. Others collected donations and advertised the event. Still others helped transport supplies, set-up the rooms and clean afterward. Then there were all of you who took time out of your schedule that evening to attend and opened your hearts to share concern, compassion, love and support.

To keep from missing anyone who contributed to this fund-raiser in all the different ways, we will not try listing those who participated individually; however you know what you have done, and without you, the success of this event would not have been possible.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the community of Juneau.

From the friends of Beckie and Fred Wilson

... for the door prizes

The Douglas Indian Association Tribal Council and staff would like to thank the following merchants who graciously donated items for our general membership meeting: Sealaska Heritage Institute, Alaska Native artist Heendei (Donald Gregory), Mount Roberts Tramway, Chinooks Restaurant, downtown McDonald's, Bullwinkle's, and Costco.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank DIA Council members Butch Laiti and Gloria Sarabia for contributing door prizes.

The meeting held on April 7 focused on the future of our children and DIA's education programs that are available to tribal members. The meeting was a great success and we would not have been able to conclude our meeting without the door prizes that were so generously received from our wonderful community. On behalf of our tribal members, Gunalcheesh!

Douglas Indian Association Tribal Council and Staff



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