Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

... for fire fund help

It should surprise no one that in this small city of world-class jump-ropers, skiers, actors, musicians and famous supporters of the arts that a benefit performance would also be of world-class proportions. The concert on Sunday night, June 3, for our fire fund was certainly that ... and more. Anita, Toby and Sue are organizers extraordinaire. The event was a smash hit thanks to their organizing, producing and managing this event - along with support from many arts organizations here in Juneau.

From the stirring entrance of the Stroller White bagpipers/drummers to the Whistle to the Northern Lights ending, every part of the performance was absolutely wonderful. What a delightful evening!

George and I are overwhelmed with gratitude to be living in this community (and state) among such world-class friends. There are not enough words in Webster to tell you all how much we appreciate your care and kindness. The burning of our home was a huge trouble, but the gift you have given us far transcends it. Thank yous have never been more heartfelt.

Jean and George Rogers


... for spring derby support

The Central Council's Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program and the Vocational Training & Resource Center thank the following individuals for graciously assisting in the 5th Annual Spring King Salmon Derby dinner and totem pole naming ceremony. We would not have been nearly as successful had it not been for the dedication and support from you all. Gunal'cheesh De Youngblut, Tana Bell, Crickett Newsom, Barry Smith, Rudy Bean, Rosa Miller, Frank Miller, Antoinette Miller, Deloresa Cadiente, Eunice Akagi, Bev and Bob Milton, Dorothy Wallace, Connie Davis, Percy Martin, Bunny Kunz, Ryan, Ocean and Marlee Isturis, Phyllis Carlson, Trudy Skan, Joann Patterson, Loretta Wallin, Jackie Tagaban, Robin Lown, Georgia Finau, Sylvia Gallant, Darryl Guthrie, Tawna Doake, Joe Poor, Mike Corpuz, Ozzie Sheakley, Drew Singh, Linda Carroll, Amelia Rivera, Teresa Germain, Anna Erbeck, Rose Westika, Ray Paddock, Jason Cissack, Frank White, Nathan Sutterfield, Mary Rivera, Gilbert Willard, Joe Cushman, Archie Cavanaugh Sr., Wayne Price, Dave Peters, Red Wetmore, Dr. Walter Soboleff, Cyril George, Fred White, Andy Ebona, Sealaska Corporation, Perseverance Glass, AK Marine Lines, Gastineau Human Services, Porta Shop Crane & Equipment Rental, Capital City Weekly, T&H Community Council and McDonald's.

... for helping in a difficult time

Thanks from the family of Robert Willard Jr., namely brother David Willard, sister Angela Willard-Johnson, son Dennis Willard and daughter Nancy Willard, along with our immediate family of children and grandchildren.

We want to express our deep and heartfelt gratitude to the numerous organizations, close associates and friends of Bob, and our many relatives and friends for being with us through this difficult time.

Thanks to the many who generously contributed. As a result we were able to carry out Bob's wishes that he be taken back home to Angoon. His funeral was held at the Salvation Army Church and the graveside service was officiated by Envoy Rick Barton. He was buried near our parents, Senior Field Captain and Mrs. Robert Willard Sr.

The memorial service held in Juneau at the T & H Community Center was outstanding. Because Bob was in the Marine Corps, the Alaska Southeast Native Veterans honored him with a ceremony, as did Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp #2, of which Bob was a member for many years. The Grand Camp officers were also in attendance.

The Church Memorial included beautiful music and a sermon delivered by Gerald Bennett. The service ended with a Tlingit traditional ceremony.

Thanks again to all of you and may the Lord bless you and keep you and your families.

Angela Willard-Johnson

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