Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2003

... to Rube Crosset

We recently returned from Southeast Alaska and were inspired by local human service and health care providers who work to improve the health and well-being of children and families in the region. Some of the improvements to child health in Southeast Alaska can be credited to the foresight and generosity of Reuben E. Crossett.

Crossett owned and operated the now historic Pioneer Bar in Ketchikan. Rube was a local icon and organizer of the "Reuben Crossett Game Dinner," where men would gather in black ties to eat wild game, imbibe and shame each other into making large donations to an unknown cause. Crossett had no children of his own, and quietly supported young people during his lifetime. In 1985, Crossett died and left a portion of his estate to improve child health in Southeast Alaska: the Reuben E. Crossett Fund.

The Crossett fund's purpose is to improve the health of children in Southeast Alaska. The fund provides seed money for new projects, and funds prevention, education and health promotion. Emergency pediatric medicine, early childhood programs, injury prevention and positive parenting are just a few of the ways the Crossett fund has touched Southeast Alaska children and families.

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle administers the Crossett fund. We are honored to be stewards of this fund and are always looking for new applicants. We welcome interest on behalf of Southeast Alaska child-serving agencies and encourage you to contact us. Please e-mail Suzanne Petersen at or call (206) 987-2125.

We express our warmest gratitude to Rube!

John Neff, MD

Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center

4800 Sand Point Way NE, S-219

Seattle, WA 98105

... to arts council

A special thanks to Juneau Arts & Humanities Council for its part in funding the All Nations' Children Senior Member Ravenstail Weaving Dance Leggings Project. The participants were Barbara Dude, Heather Clark, K.T. Waid, Ruby Soboleff, Hatty Eddy, Joni Skrzynski, Miciana Hutcherson and Mychal Hutcherson. The weaving students are being taught by Kay Field Parker and dance group leader Vicki Soboleff.

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