We believe it is admirable that a concerned citizen wrote his concerns about the safety of the children along the parade route. We believe he suggested the committee should escort all parade entries to assure that no child gets hurt.
Our goal is "safety first at all times."
We are a core committee of 12 dedicated volunteers who work very hard year-round to bring the citizens of Juneau this gala parade. We are not a committee of over 100... that's how many people would be needed to escort each entry.
Official parade rules and regulations are included in each entry form. Among other rules and regulations it states, "No throwing of any materials along the parade route by any of the participants. Distribution of material may be made by walkers at curbside only."
We have no authority or control over the parade, participants or spectators once the parade has left the staging area.
We appreciate your concern.
Jean Sztuk, Director
Juneau 4th of July Parade Committee
Thanks for help with Relay for Life
This year's American Cancer Society's Relay for Life committee would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all those who participated in this past weekend's event.
"We appreciate the generosity of our corporate sponsors, vendors, entertainers, and volunteers, whose support made this community event possible," said Julie Lawrenson, event chair.
Continuous entertainment provided by Jeff Brown, Troy Van Willis, T-Bone, Woosh.ji.een Dance Group, The Messing Link, Jaden Sierra, Cindy Bassett, Dan Fink, Jamie Miller and Kyle on guitar, kept the walkers moving lap after lap around the track.
This was the ninth year in Juneau and this last weekend's Relay for Life raised over $50,448.47 for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services. Twenty-eight teams comprised of over 250 volunteers representing local businesses, clubs, family, and friends walked the track at Dimond Park beginning at noon on Saturday, July 10, and continued throughout the night, finishing at noon on Sunday, July 11.
"Juneau residents really showed their spirit despite the liquid sunshine we received this weekend," said Johna Rossetti, publicity chair for this year's event. "It was very encouraging to see so many cancer survivors show up to walk in the Survivor's Lap officially kicking off the event. The entire weekend was very touching and emotional for all of us. Seeing these survivors inspires hope in those who are battling cancer and is the reason we continue to fight."
Money raised in the 2010 Relay for Life will be used to speed up the search for new weapons to fight cancer. American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Juneau was made possible by the generous donations of our corporate sponsors: ABC Radio Stations, Alaska Music One, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Allen Marine, Anchor Electric, AT&T, Cancer Connection, CMI, Coeur Alaska, HECLA Greens Creek Mine, Juneau Empire, KRNN, KTOO, KXLL, LJ Alarm, Pavitt's, State Farm, Temsco, Tricare, True North, Valley Medical Care, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo and Wings of Alaska.
The committee would also like to thank our local media who covered the Relay in one way, shape or form by announcing the event on the ABC radio stations through Public Service Announcements and in the writing of motivating and informative articles in the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly.
To learn more about Relay for Life or to get involved in next year's Relay event as a committee member, please contact Julie Lawrenson at 523-9783 or email her at email@example.com. Anyone wishing to make a contribution towards this year's event can still make donations online through August 31, 2010, at www.relayforlifeofjuneau.org.