Thank you . . .

Community thank you letters

Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2000

...for gala banquet

ORCA, Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (the recreation component of SAIL Inc.) would like to send a sincere and enthusiastic thank you to the following individuals and businesses that mad our Ski-a-thon Gala Awards Banquet such a big success.

Great food, celebrity servers, live music, doorprizes and the Ski-a-thon award ceremony highlighted the evening. A special presentation, the second annual ``Community Award,'' recognized GCI for their outstanding community spirit and longtime corporate sponsorship. GCI General Manager Dean Bardenheuer accepted the award on behalf of GCI.

Thank you to all our celebrity servers: Rep. Beth Kerttula, Mary Ann Mills, Renee Gayhart, Laurie Peterson, Mary Gore, Marta Ann Lustuftka, Katrina Rice, Kate Wolfe, Kathy Buell, Sara Boesser, Martha Stracner and Pete Gundunas.

Special thanks to head chef: Chava Lee. Kitchen crew: John Rugemer, Jenifer Shapland, Denali Shapland, Timothy Mason and Samuel Dozier. For sharing her musical talents: Teri Tibbett. Other volunteers extraordinaire: Jeremy Neldon, Valerie Doring and the Northern Lights Youth Group, Jo Devine, Greg Acres, and Chris Beanes.

ORCA is grateful to the following businesses for their generous donations: Superbear, Carrs/Safeway, Costco Wholesale, Fred Meyer, Northern Sales, Capital Copy, the Juneau Yacht Club, Thunder Mt. Cafe, Bullwinkles, Glacier Restaurant, Gerry's Barbershop, Gross Alaska Theatres, Susan's Hallmark, Sunburst Tanning, the Atrium Cafe and Glacier Gardens. Thank you all!

...for raffle support

The Juneau Lyric Opera is pleased to announce the winners of its 2000 raffle. The winner of the grand prize, an opera weekend for two donated by Alaska Airlines and by the San Diego Opera, is Ray Thibodeau. Additional prize winners are Dolores Smith, a Juneau Icefields tour for two with Northstar Trekking; Donna Baron, tickets for two at the Seattle Opera; Cristina Della Ruda, a print from Rie Munoz Galleries; Scott Manchee, a Mendenhall flightseeing trip for two with Temsco Helicopters; Alison Browne, a Mendenhall rafting adventure for two, Goldbelt Tour Center; Dan Wayne, a season ticket to Juneau Lyric Opera; Vivian Hegg, print from Rainsong Gallery; Craig McKenzie, season ticket to Juneau Symphony; and Jan Coldwell, tickets for two to a Jazz & Classics concert.

Our thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets and to all the businesses that donated the great prizes. Your financial support has made this year's raffle a success. Proceeds are used to support our 2000/2001 season. Our singers, actors, production crew, orchestra and the board all thank you.

Roman J. MotykaRaffle Chairman

...for hosting author

The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries would like to extend a warm thank you to the Baranof Hotel, Holland America Line Westours Inc., for providing three days of housing for visiting children's author and illustrator Anna Grossnickle Hines. Your help in providing great programs for the kids of Juneau is very much appreciated.

Jim Fowler, Mary Claire Harris, Bridget Smith,Nancy Ferrell, Pearl Johnson, Donna Denton,Karl Hegg, Mary Jefferson

...for alumni support

Thanks to UAS Alumni supporters:

The UAS Alumni Association raised over $6,800, more money for student scholarships than ever before, at our annual spring dinner and auction. We had a full house of enthusiastic supporters of higher education bidding on dozens of donated items. Without the help of generous Juneau merchants and individuals we would not have been able to add to the UAS Alumni scholarship fund.

We would like to thank the following businesses: Goldbelt, Creative Source, TEMSCO Helicopters, First National Bank, Wings of Alaska, The Baranof Hotel, Alaska Airlines, Rainsong Galleries, Kim's Kloset, National Bank of Alaska, Annie Kaill's, Northern Light's Candles, Galligaskins, Alaska Fudge Co., Fox River Mills, Capital Office Systems, Taku Smokeries, Pizzaria Roma, El Sombrero, Blueberry Lodge B&B, Auk Nu Tours, Juneau Racquet Club, Breakwater, Bullwinkles, Mishka Hair Design, Carrs Quality Center, PTI Communications, UAS Bookstore, Foggy Mountain, Udder Culture, Frontier Suites, Gross Alaska Theatres, Haines Airways, Glacier Bay Country Inn and Lyles Home Furnishings.

The following individuals also made donations to support UAS scholarships: Matt Anderson, Chris Phillips, Nancy Phillips, Laraine and Romer Derr, Gordon and Elizabeth Evans, Donita Jerue and Craig Smith, Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer, Zrinka Dzinich, David Riccio, Rosemary Hagevig, Tisket Seslar, and Lisa and Javier Flores.

Thanks to you all.

Diane CotePresidentUAS Alumni Association

...for supporting youths

On April 14, SAGA hosted the 12th Annual National Youth Service Day in Juneau. One hundred and two youths participated in local service projects. The youth were from Thunder Mountain Youth Academy (35), the high school CHOICE program (50), AmeriCorps members from SAGA's Serve Alaska Youth Corps (17), plus 10 other adult volunteers. With the volunteers assembled in front of the Capitol, the day began with Beverly Ward of ARCO presenting a $9,000 check to SAGA to support youth service. Next, Representative Hudson, Senator Elton, and Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer recognized the youths for their commitment and offered inspirational words for the day. The gathered youths then split into teams and completed important service projects for AWARE, Boy Scouts, St. Vincent de Paul, Parks and Recreation, Litter Free and The Salvation Army. The day concluded with a barbeque celebration at Sandy Beach. We would like to thank; Silverbow, Carrs, Super Bear and McDonalds for generously donating food for the event. Our sincere thanks go out to the participating agencies and all those who made donations to our event; and especially the youth who volunteered their time and energy.

Audra Green, Jared Shucha, Graham Phillips,SAGA's Serve Alaska Youth Corps

...for AWARE cleanup

Outside spring cleanup is completed at AWARE thanks to students from Thunder Mountain Academy, SAGA and the organization of National Youth Service Day on April 14. It is wonderful to see schools and agencies working together to promote service, cooperation and community.

The survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault which seek safety, advocacy and counseling at AWARE and the staff that work with them would like to thank Paul Berg, Chris Bacehowski, Doug Drixel, Jerry Wade, Erika Horst, Robert Slagle, Zach Young, Troy Anington, Brennon Thomas, Dylan Davis and Lizzie Barrett for their hard work and dedication. By pushing brooms, shoveling gravel, washing windows and cutting down brush you have planted spring in our hearts and spruced up the place besides.

Rene Pisel-Walker AWARE Volunteer Coordinator

...for new facility

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who came out to celebrate Juneau Youth Services' recent open house and ribbon cutting on April 14. Over 200 members of our community participated in the unveiling of our new residential treatment facility. Many friends helped our organization to make this event a smashing success including those from the Alaska Mental Health Trust, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Divisions of Juvenile Justice and Family and Youth Services, Juneau Police Department, Juneau School District and many others. Their presence reinforces a commitment to support the mental health needs of Alaska's families.

Lucy Hudson honored Juneau Youth Services by cutting the ceremonial ribbon for the new facility. Thank you Lucy for your support! Representative Bill Hudson also took time from his busy schedule at the Capitol to come out and tour the new facility. It is reassuring to know these folks care about youth and the families of Southeast Alaska.

Providing mental health and residential services to the families and youth of Southeast Alaska has been the mission of Juneau Youth Services for the past 39 years. With the support shown for our new facility, the first on our new campus, we look forward to serving Alaska's families for many years to come. For all who have supported us, thank you.

Chuck BennettExecutive DirectorJuneau Youth Services

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