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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Thanks for delivering daffodils to Southeast

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A host of golden daffodils inspires spring thoughts. This is what happened on March 14, when the Juneau Unit of the American Cancer Society delivered daffodils, vases and bears to individuals and businesses throughout the Juneau, Douglas, Skagway, Hoonah, Gustavus and Tenakee Springs areas. This year with the efforts of Juneau and Douglas and our neighbors, we raised nearly $31,000 and had the top event site for the state this year. A thank you to the people of Juneau, Douglas, Skagway, Hoonah, Gustavus and Tenakee Springs for supporting this year's Daffodil Days event.

This project takes the coordinated efforts on the part of many people who I wish to thank: committee members Beth Belflower, Tina Maryott-Gordon and Donna Sheridan. A special thank you to my friend Cindy Evans for her valuable computer work, Jan Sommerville for her assistace in helping me with the project and my mom Helen for her assistance in phone calls. A thank you to the volunteers who conducted the pre-sale orders. A very special thank you goes out to those who helped with delivery of the daffodils on a wintery day, Belflower and her friend Sally, Nela Peirce and her friend, Mark Millea, Barbara Greening, Marge Hedges, Phyliss Kirkpatrick, Bev Kelton, Jackie Lorensen, Connie Depute, Estol Belflower, Joe Johnson, Ron Swanson, Cindy Evans, Frankie Miller, Jan Sommereville and her friend Mary Lou, and Kathy and Fred Schmitz Sr. A special thank you to the outlaying communities and those who coordinated the daffodil sales Judy Mallory in Skagway, Jo Archambault in Gustavus, Cynthia Meyer in Tenakee Springs and Ronda Morrison in Hoonah. Without these people the spread of sunshine would have not been possible.

A very special thank you to the Juneau Empire for placing three advertisements in the paper, Bartlett Regional Hospital for allowing us to sell the daffodils, the use of the Goldbelt Lobby for staging, Ron Flint and his staff for the use of the Alaska Nugget Outfitters and Curves, who assisted with the sale and distribution of daffodils, Alaska Marine Lines, who donated transportation of the flowers to Juneau, Wings of Alaska and Skagway Air, who whisked the flowers to our neighboring communities - all of whom provided these services free of charge. A special thank you to KINY and KTOO for allowing us to come on the radio to promote the sales and to KINY for the public service announcements.

If I have forgotten anyone, please accept my apologies. If you wish to help in this project next year, please call 364-3617 to be placed on the list.

Wanda Fleming

Chairperson, Daffodil Days


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