... to the 'Island Times' dance group
Last Saturday, July 10, our daughter was married out at the Mendenhall Glacier, and a reception followed for the bride and groom at the Juneau Yacht Club. One of the activities scheduled for the evening was a show by the "Island Times" dance group. This is not a talented group of young men and women proud of their background and culture. The variety of costumes and dances was enjoyable to watch. Many in the audience were from New Jersey (the groom's home) and were not used to this type of entertainment at wedding receptions. "The best wedding I have ever been to" was told to me several times. A large reason for that was the performance of the "Island Times" dancers. If you ever get a chance to see this group of people just having fun in what they do, don't miss it. Thank you "Island Times" dancers for making a special for our daughter, Kristin, and son, Zoltan.
Geoff and Marcia Harben
... for helping Captured for Kids
Juneau's leading citizens who participated in a Captured for Kids fundraising event for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on June 24 raised $4,189. Since the program's inception, Captured for Kids participants have raised more than $15 million to help continue the research and treatment conducted at the hospital. Founded by Danny Thomas, St. Jude Hospital has treated more than 19,000 young cancer patients at no cost to their families.
During the event, well-known citizens, including Susan Johnson of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Kelly Flynn of Design North Inc.; Theresa Williams of Parents Inc.; Kevin Dunne of Alaska Audio and Video; Karen Lawfer of Emergency Medical Services; Georgia Sepel of Sepel Hollow Bed & Breakfast; Tina See of Frontier Suites Airport Hotel; Ann-Marie Ramsey of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; Evelyn Myers of Douglas Indian Association; Bob Ethridge, and Margi, Carolyn and Dianna Roberts-Khan of Epsilon Sigma Alpha allowed themselves to be "arrested" and taken to "jail," where they were "booked," fingerprinted, photographed and outfitted in a prison uniform. The "inmates" then phoned as many people as possible - friends, family members and colleagues - to raise a "bail" of at least $500. For their incarceration, participants were held at the Mendenhall Mall of Juneau.
Our thanks to the following donors for their help in making this event possible, by providing food, refreshments and cell phones for our inmates: Alaska DigiTel, Breeze-In Grocery, Heritage Coffee, Bullwinkle's Pizza Parlor and Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Alaska.
... for cleaning up
The Board of Litter Free Inc. would like to thank everyone who participated in the annual city-wide cleanup in May. You picked up more than 33,000 pounds of trash from our streets and public areas. Those who participated in the cleanup were eligible to win door prizes donated by local businesses. Joy Gallagher was our grand prize winner and she walked away with a Mendenhall Glacier Ice Age Explorer helicopter tour for two donated by TEMSCO Helicopters.
Litter Free holds an art contest prior to the cleanup through the Art Department in the Nugget Mall. The schools and community are invited to submit entries for the annual T- shirt and poster design. There were a number of great entries making it hard to pick just one, so the decision was made to use two different designs this year. The winner of the T-shirt design was Lori Weed and the winner for the poster design was Nancy Brown. The Floyd Dryden Middle School art class won a prize for the most entries from a school. Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.
The annual cleanup is scheduled each year for the Saturday before Mother's Day. The board meets once a month on the second Thursday and will begin meeting again in October. The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. If you are interested in getting on our mailing list for meeting notices, or would like to find out more about what Litter Free and the Youth Litter Patrol is all about, check out our website at www.litterfree.org.