Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2003

On April 19, in recognition of Child Abuse and Awareness Month, the Office of Public Advocacy, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program held it's first annual ice-skating event for Juneau's foster care and CASA kids. We would like to recognize A&P's Ron Alsup for donating wonderful fruit and snacks, Pepsi's Rich Sjoroos and Hal Kulm for donating bottled water, Coca-Cola's Marvin Newton for donating bottled water, Janna Smith from the Alaska Foster Parent Training Center for fresh veggies and absorbing the cost of skate rentals, and Alaska CASA for Children for the rink rental.

Your generosity not only made this event happen, but made it extra special as well.

Laura Minne, CASA Program Coordinator

...for the help

The Juneau-Douglas High School Career Center recently held a Career Fair at Centennial Hall for all of our freshman students, involving a lot of planning, paperwork, and volunteers. We at the Career Center would like to thank all of the professionals in the community who volunteered to spend time with our students and share about their careers. You did an outstanding job! Individual panelists are too numerous to list but they represented a wide range of agencies, businesses and occupations: Department of Administration, Fish & Game, Environmental Conservation, Natural Resources, Public Safety, Health & Social Services, Transportation, and Alaska Marine Highways, US. Coast Guard, Army, Navy & National Guard, NOAA, US Bureau of Land Management, National Weather Service, US Geological Survey, Federal Aviation Administration, City & Borough of Juneau, National Park Service, National Forest Service, Juneau School District, DIPAC, United Way of Southeast Alaska, University of Alaska Southeast, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Boys and Girls Club of Juneau, Juneau Montessori, Gold Creek Day Care, NAEYC-SEA, RALLY, Chapel By The Lake, Alaska Works, Johnson Youth Center, Hospice of Juneau, Juneau Youth Services, SAIL/ORCA, JAMHI, Juneau Police Department, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gold Belt/Mt.Roberts Tramway, Big Jim Charters, ERA Helicopters, Lucas Designs, Wings of Alaska, Trail Mix, Foggy Mountain Shop, Don Abels, GrayLine/Holland America, Juneau Empire, Janice Holst School of Dance, M. Holmes Photography, Capitol City Weekly, Laurie Ferguson-Craig, Mary Watson, Nancy Ferrell and Jean Rogers, Jim Fowler, Mark Kelly, Byrnes Photography, Senator Kim Elton, Minch-Ritter-Voelckers Architects, Jensen Yorba Lott Inc., USKH Inc., Peratrovich, Nottingham, & Drage Inc., Carson Dorn Inc., Hendricksen Appraisal, Home Builders Association, Cameron Plumbing, Dennis Brooks, Max Mielke (Local 262), Southeast Alaska Veterinary Clinic, Northwest Airlift Nurses, Alaska Airlines, AFFS Exchange Program, AFS Exchange, Dr. Bob White, Dr. Elaine Schroeder, City Center Chiropractic, Alaska Pacific Bank, Salomon Smith Barney, Becky Dierking, Pam Walling, Brita Rice, Aaron & Mike Belovsky, Donna & David Eley, Ben Brown, Darius Manino. We would also like to thank the volunteers who helped with coordinating the event (especially Patsy DeWitt, Gail Coenraad, Sonja Mcelmore, and Marsha Riley); we couldn't have done it with out you! Thanks to the parent and community volunteers who selflessly gave up their morning to guide lost students to the right buses and pathway sessions. And last, but not least, we would like to thank our freshman students for learning, having fun, and for making the day worth while. Thank you all and we hope to see you again next year!


Barb Conant

JDHS Career Center

...for volunteering

Juneau's 2nd annual Day of Silence was an enormous success. This event could not have succeeded without the exceptional volunteerism and support received from the following: JDHS principal Deborah Morse; JDHS Site Council; VISTA Volunteers Heather Binkley and Anna Wright for providing safe room support; rally speakers Rep. Bruce Weyrauch; students Alida Bus, Joe Ayers, and Cody Ensley; PFLAG representative Rachel Zahnd; and the Rev. Caroline Bruschi. Thanks also goes out to the Juneau Pride Chorus for their beautiful voices and KTOO for letting it all be heard on the Capitol steps. We'd also like to thank the supportive staff of Juneau-Douglas High School for their encouragement and dedication to creating a respectful and safe atmosphere at JDHS, particularly on the Day of Silence. Thanks especially goes out to the courageous silence of more than 150 rainbow-ribbon-wearing participants, as well as the strength of more than 100 pink- ribbon-wearing supporters. Thank you, again, to all who let the silence speak - and to all who listened.

Christy Eriksen, Taimhyr Ensor- Estes and Coryjean Whittemore, organizers

Casady Herding and Mary Lou Gervais, advisors

...for the space

The Juneau-Douglas High School National Honor Society would like to thank Safeway, Rainbow Foods and Valley Blockbuster for allowing us to set up cookie-selling booths at their businesses. We'd also like to thank the community of Juneau for the overwhelming outpouring of generous donations. Through doing so you helped us raise $396 towards buying a cow to send to impoverished communities in order to provide milk for malnourished children (via the Heifer Project International). However, donations are still needed to reach our goal of $500. If you'd like to contribute, please send donations to NHS through Juneau-Douglas High School, 10014 Crazy Horse Dr., Juneau, AK 99801.

Christy Eriksen, President, JDHS National Honor Society symphony supporters

The musicians and board of the Juneau Symphony join me in thanking everyone who attended our 40th anniversary Celebration concerts earlier this month. Once again, we sold out Centennial Hall!

Special thanks to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their support:

Concert co-sponsors Princess Tours and the University of Alaska Southeast. Both institutions are to be commended for their support of the arts education in Juneau: Princess Tours graciously provided bus transportation for all fourth- and fifth-graders in the school district to attend a special "Music in the Schools" concert by the Symphony on Friday April 4, and the University of Alaska Southeast regularly hosts our Youth Concerto Competition, which will take place June 1 this year.

ConocoPhillips Alaska and Fred Meyer Stores for their corporate support of the Our Town photography project for fourth-graders; super volunteer Rhonda Gardinier, for cheerfully distributing and collecting cameras for an entire year; local photographers Mark Kelley, Ken DeRoux, and Marilyn Holmes for serving as judges of the Our Town project, and Marilyn Holmes for creating a wonderful brochure about photography for the participants; John Clough, for taking the video crew on his floatplane to get air footage of Juneau; and filmmaker Roald Simonson, for weaving the winning photographs into a splendid video production.

House managers Leo and Llewellyn Lutchansky, assistant house manager Alec Carson, and the large corps of dedicated Symphony volunteers for all their concert production help; Toby Clark and his trusty assistants, for their invaluable technical help; Albert McDonnell of Skatebottom Sound, for all his hours spent making Centennial Hall as good a venue for symphonic music as possible; Pat Race, Gage Choate, Aaron Surling, Jason Alexander, and the video production firm of Lucid Reverie, for bringing stage activity to the big screen for everyone to enjoy; Grayline of Alaska for providing transportation for our visiting musicians; Princess Tours for lending us a van to transport stage-related items to Centennial Hall; Alaskan and Proud for providing the beautiful birthday cakes that children enjoyed at our matinee performance; Jensen Yorba Lott and Wells Fargo for sponsoring our conductor and concertmaster, respectively, this season, and the Juneau Empire, for its continued support of our Concert Conversations series.

Symphony musicians Lisa Miles, Lisa Ibias, Jana MacGinnis, Bill Paulick, Russell Strandtmann, and David Seid, who visited local classrooms to share their love of music with children during our "Music in the Schools" week; teachers Ann Rabinowitz and Alice Tubley, for improving the study guide we sent to each fourth- and fifth-grade classroom; and all the Symphony musicians who gave up their regular Friday morning activities to present our "Music in the Schools" concert on April 4;

Thanks to the Symphony's 2003 travel raffle prize contributors: Princess Tours, Alaska Airlines, Big Jim's Charters, NorthStar Trekking, Wings of Alaska, and the Hotel Halsingland in Haines. Congratulations to the following people who won raffle prizes: first prize, Jan Rice; second prize, Barb Sheinberg; third prize, Jan Rice; fourth prize, Lee Powelson; fifth prize, Ellen Walker; and a big thank you to Juneau Student Symphony parent Cheryl Sutton, for selling the most raffle tickets this year;

And a final thank you to Franz Joseph Felkl, our 2002 Youth Concerto Competition winner who performed with the Symphony on the Celebrations program. It was a pleasure to work with him, and we look forward to following his musical career in the future.

Mark your calendars now: Symphony Showcase, our annual chamber music concert featuring Symphony musicians, will take place on May 3 at Chapel by the Lake, and May 4 at Northern Light United Church, and our 40th anniversary season will end with another popular Pops concert on June 14. We will announce plans for our 2003-2004 season at that time.

See you at the Symphony!

Kyle Wiley Pickett Health Fair volunteers

I would like to thank each and every volunteer for his or her helping hands and assistance with the 2003 Juneau Community Health Fair. Your efforts have been noticed and appreciated by the over 2000 folks who attended and had access to low-cost or no-cost medical screenings. I would also like to thank our local community businesses who made donations and helped to feed the over 280 volunteers. Hats off to:

Breeze In - Judy your heart and generosity are as big as the state!

Heritage Coffee - Best Java on Earth!

Bartlett Hospital Cafeteria - Yummy cookies!!

Super Bear - We are "Bananas for you"

Bullwinkles - Just one other way you assist this community!!!

A&P Market - You rounded off our food groups ... thank you so much!

McDonalds - Thanks for always being so dependable and kind!

Special recognition and praise are due to the site coordinator, Lance Brown, and the 2003 Planning Committee members and to Marsha Riley of United Way. I would also like to thank Nancy Seamount's students at the Juneau-Douglas High School who volunteered as well as their VISTA Coordinator Anna Wright and Heather Binkley who gave 100 percent to serve the Juneau Community. This fair could not have been successful without the efforts of Neil Atkinson and the Mendenhall Flying Lions, Lance Young from the Gloryhole, Scott Marin from The Johnson Youth Center and his assistants, the volunteers from Bartlett Regional Hospital, Pona Samuel and the former Juneau Association of Professional Mortgage Women, as well as Eva Small, Sandy Landis, Joy Baker, Suzanne Gemmell and Laura Stats our recruitment coordinators, Angela Johnson and the Juneau Fire and Rescue Squad members, Airlift Northwest and their wonderful crew. Special thanks and back pats to Dawn Miller and her team from NCADD who served each and every thirsty participant a delicious smoothie from the Tiki Hut that Juneau Dance Unlimited's Betsy Kunibe supplied and built as well as the Belly dancers and Polynesian dancers from Juneau Dance Unlimited who entertained us. We also thank and applaud the efforts of the Juneau Raptor Center who provided our guest mascots and offered education and entertainment at this year's fair. This event could not be possible without volunteer staff from the Juneau Public Health Center and our wonderful caring Public Health Nurse Staff. Each and every year this event is co-sponsored and dependent on the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Service volunteers, thank you! We would also like to thank our community participants who continue to offer good feedback on how to better our efforts in offering these services to the community. We're listening! Congratulations to Blue Medal Exhibitor Cathy Boutin for her Frisbee golf exhibit. Last but not least we thank KTOO and each radio stations in Juneau who helped us to get the word out and to Marie Toland, Christine Schmid, and the entire Juneau Empire Staff whom, without their efforts, there would not be a fair. Volunteers make this happen and to each and every one of you, we say THANK YOU for caring about your neighbors!


Valerie O'Hare

...for benefit cruise

While the weather certainly played a part in the great success of the American Red Cross Wine Tasting Cruise, it couldn't have happened without the help of several companies and individuals. Many thanks go to Gary Fornier and Alaska Distributors for the fine selection of international and domestic wines. Musicians Steve Tada and Dale Wygant provided us with wonderful music. We also appreciate the help from Hearthside Books, Cuts on Line Day Spa, Faulkner Banfield, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch and staff, and Sen. Kim Elton.

The support of our community enables us to be there whenever disaster strikes - providing food, shelter, clothing, and a sympathetic ear to families in times of need.

Kristine Harder

Financial Development Manager

American Red Cross, Alaska

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