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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Thanks for supporting Fil-Am's scholarship fundraising dinner

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On behalf of the Filipino-American Association of Juneau, I would like to thank the community of Juneau and the following local businesses and others for their generous donations of desserts for our dessert auction at our annual Scholarship Fundraising Dinner on September 23rd. Thanks to Wild Spice, Silverbow Inn and Bakery, Doc Water's, Melba & Mara Caparas, Loni Fermin, Ampy Cruz, Nelda Stewart, Valerie Williams, Michelle Sazon, Floresca Family. Also, thanks to our performers for providing entertainment at the dinner; Rhey Caparas, Jun Ebron, Aaron Abella, Ciera Kelly, Sarah Endicott, Maureen Caparas, Courtney Reeves, Patrick and Kevin Andes, Hannah & Joy Elizarde, Antonio Diaz, Heather Haughland and Ruhmbalaska dancers. Your performances played an integral part in the fun and success of the event. And to all members who helped out during and after the fund raising dinner, my heartfelt appreciation to you all. The generosity and support from this event will profoundly support the Filipino-American Association's mission of promoting education to our youth. Again, much thanks to all who were willing and able to contribute to the success of this event.

Benny Cruz

President, Fil-Am Association


Thank you, Juneau, for your vote of confidence in the recent election

I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you and relay me gratitude for giving me the opportunity to meet many of you and listen to what you need from our elected members of the school board. You gave me an insight, strength and new-found wisdom that I will take with me in whatever I do from this day forward.

To my supporters, I pledge my eternal gratitude and wish you to know that I cannot thank you enough for your vote of confidence in my abilities. Though I was not able to win in this election, I make you a solemn promise that I will not stop in pursuing my set goals of helping Juneau students to succeed by receiving either a job or diploma when they finally leave high school.

I also challenge all of you to consider making that same promise. It is not cliché to believe that our children are our most precious resource. Though I have none of my own, I realize that without my vigilant support and guidance, my future offspring will feel little reason to better themselves. I ask all of Juneau's parents and community leaders to remember this: Success of our children translates to the success of our community and to us. We must place the responsibility of educating and guiding our children on our own shoulders. We must remind them to continue discovering their dreams and not quit on their school or community.

I urge all of you to take a role in the lives of our children, just as I will. I thank you all for your support.

Christopher Thomas


Thank you for making the first Editors Day writing event possible

On Sept. 11, 26 writers interested in writing and illustrating for children and young adults met for a five-hour workshop with two East coast editors. This was the first Editors Day event sponsored by the Alaska Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators to be held in Juneau.

SCBWI Alaska extends its hearty thanks to Hearthside Books, KTOO, Juneau Empire, Driftwood Motel and Juneau Senior Center. We also thank Writer's Digest Books; Kalmbach Publishing Co., which publishes "The Writer;" the visiting editors themselves, Deborah Noyes Wayshak of Candlewick Press and Lauren Velevis of Harper Collins; and author Cherie Stihler, SCBWI regional advisor of Fairbanks. It was truly an event to remember.

A group of SCBWI members meets monthly at the Juneau library. Check the Juneau Empire for dates or call Dordie Carter at (907) 736-2311.

Susi Gregg Fowler

Coordinator of Juneau SCBWI Editors Day


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