Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2003

...for helping AWARE

AWARE's Seventh Annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction, held at Centennial Hall on the evening of March 15, was a magnificent success. It was a privilege to recognize this year's honorees, Tish Griffin Satre, Margaret Pugh, Ethel Lund and Merry Ellefson, for their dedication to our community and the inspirational example of how they live their lives.

The Women of Distinction dinner was a gala, celebratory evening. It would not have been possible without the volunteer work of many people offering generous gifts of time, energy and heart. AWARE would like to thank the following: First Lady Nancy Murkowski and Representative Beth Kertulla for their thoughtful remarks and for presenting the awards; Jim Simard, Susan Wilder, Rachel Cohen and Jake Reed for transformative lighting design; Liz Dodd for performing the master of ceremony duties with exceptional humor; The Ursa Majors String Ensemble, Juneau Pride Chorus and Robert Cohen Jazz Trio for musical entertainment; Amy Carroll for producing a wonderful program; Jeanette St. George for beautiful graphics; June Akey for fantastic framing; Karin Siebenmorgen for great photography; and Rie Munoz for allowing us to use her artwork on the program cover.

AWARE would also like to thank the individuals, businesses and organizations who provided financial support: SEARHC; Simone Machamar; Nell Wagoner, M.D.; Fran Ulmer and William Council; Shattuck and Grummett; Wellspring; the Juneau Family Birth Center; and Sam Kito Jr.

We would also like to thank the hundreds of people who attended the dinner, the businesses and individuals who donated to the Silent Auction, and all who made a financial contribution or purchased an ad in the program book. The proceeds from AWARE's Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction further our healing work with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. This event is a wonderful opportunity to honor women who have made a difference while supporting work to end violence in our community.

Finally, I would like to thank AWARE's dedicated board of directors: Sue Baxter, Marla Berg, Patti Bland, John Boltjes, Karen Dillon, Sarah Felix, John Leque, Jackie Martin, Angela Salerno, Annie Stokes, and the staff at AWARE who worked tirelessly to bring the details of the event to life.

Thank you one and all.

Saralyn Tabachnick

Executive Director

...for help with the food drive

Boy Scout troops in Juneau spent May 10 conducting a canned food drive to benefit local shelters and food banks. We greatly appreciate the 500 pounds of canned goods we received as a result of this food drive. We distribute an average of 70 food boxes a month to hungry people in Juneau who need help making ends meet. The canned food drive coordinated by local Boy Scouts will help keep our food box program going.

Thank you,

Jetta Whittaker

executive director, The Glory Hole

...for help with Daffodil Days

The local unit of the American Cancer Society would like to thank the people of Juneau, Skagway, Angoon, Gustavus, Hoonah and Tenakee for their support of the society's Daffodil Days fund-raiser. Your generous purchases of the daffodils make possible the programs (locally and nationally) and research of the American Cancer Society as $4 of every $6 goes into these programs and about $25,000 was raised in this great fund-raiser. You not only helped to brighten the lives of cancer patients and their families, but also our communities; and in doing so you made our sales the top money-raiser in the state.

This project is our major fund-raiser and takes a coordinated effort on the part of many people - those who do the pre-sales; the people in the offices that collect orders; those who sort; Ricker and Associates, who arrange the use of the Goldbelt lobby; the deliverers; the restaurants and other businesses who participate; the team of legislative wives who sell at the Capitol; Wings of Alaska and Skagway Air, who transport to the villages; Susan's Hallmark; the media that gives us PR; and especially Alaska Marine Lines for shipping the daffodils to Juneau free of charge.

You did it again! A big thank you for the great, widespread community effort here in Southeast Alaska in the ongoing fight against cancer.

If at any time you or someone you know needs assistance, we encourage you to contact the local unit of the Cancer Society at P.O. Box 21836, Juneau AK 99802, or by phone at (907) 790-3555

Beth Belflower


...thanks for helping AWARE with food drive

AWARE is very happy to announce that we were the recipient of the recent city-wide canned food drive that the Juneau Boy Scouts and their volunteer leaders organized. AWARE would like to thank the Southeast Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts of America and all the scouts and volunteer leaders of Juneau who participated. The Boy Scouts made it possible for our food pantry to be stocked with more than 500 pounds of food. AWARE will now be able to provide food baskets in greater abundance to the families who use our services.

Thank you, Boy Scouts.

Cydney Boyer

AWARE volunteer coordinator

...thanks to Evergreen Ford

Juneau-Douglas High School Advanced Automotive class would like to thank Evergreen Ford for their generous donation of a new project vehicle, and lending us the 2003 Mercury Mountaineer, which helped lead our two JDHS auto-shop students to a third-place finish in the Ford AAA Troubleshooting contest.

The contest is held yearly by the Ford company. A written test is given to the juniors and seniors of the Advanced Automotive class, and the top two finalists are selected to participate with other students from around the state in the contest. The top two students are sent up to Anchorage, Alaska to compete in a hands-on competition. If our students place in the top three places, they could win scholarships and a variety of tools. It gives students a chance to use what they have learned in a real life experience that will help them start their future.

Thank you, Evergreen Ford, for your help and support. We look forward to working with you in the future.

JDHS Advanced Automotive

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