Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

... for your help

I recently returned from competing at the World Wheelchair and Amputee Games in Rio de Janeiro. Getting there and helping Team USA Quad Rugby bring back the gold medal would not have been possible without the amazing community support I received in fundraising for this trip.

I would personally like to thank my corporate sponsors: Brillo and Konnie Chitty at Rent-a-Wreck, the Panhandlers MC SE Alaska, everyone who contributed at the Boogie, Southeast H.D. Parts and Repair, Jeff Silverman, Dan and Julie Graves at Valley Lumber, Gerald Poe and Taku HD, Melissa and G.W. Teals, Joe and Sandy Craig, Mimi Walker, Susie Seater at Dr. McKrills, Denis Heinman, Cheryle and William Yankee, and especially all my family and friends who encouraged me all summer.

Special thanks to Sherman at Acme Welding who spent time and materials helping fix and strengthen my rugby chair. I apologize if I left anyone out. Thanks for everything. I'll be trying out for the Team USA World Championship Team in November.

Seth McBride


... to team, coaches

I can remember back in March, at the memorial for Coach Richey (our son-in-law), a huge crowd gathered at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium to honor him. There were prayers, accolades, memories and pledges expressed orally and silently in the heart of everyone present. The most significant of the pledges was the one in the hearts of all of the Crimson Bears football players: to "win the big one for the coach."

It is so gratifying for us, here in Hawaii, to follow the successes of the team throughout the season which culminated in victory and the achievement of their goal.

It also shows that the team, to the very last player, believed in themselves and fought hard to do something for Coach Richey and at the same time achieving a goal for themselves.

So, here is our heartfelt congratulations to the team and to the coaching staff for a very rewarding and satisfying season.

Helen and Kenneth Yanamura

... to the PEO Chapter of D

Thank you to the PEO Chapter D of Juneau for their generous donation to help feed our children at the Glacier Valley Elementary School Breakfast Club Program. We are all grateful for your concern in supporting our children here at Glacier Valley. Your donation has helped tremendously.

Glacier Valley staff, students and parents.

... Eagle Wings Community Church

The board of directors, volunteers and staff of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank would like to thank Eagle Wings Community Church for their recent generous donation of $1,000 to enable staff to purchase much-needed food items for disbursement to member agencies. In addition to the donation mentioned above, $100 was donated anonymously by a church member. More than 137 pounds of food items was gathered.

Thank you all so very much. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Southeast Alaska Food Bank

... for help with faith information

A thank-you to all who made our Faith Information Day successful for the wonderful teens who attended and engaged in learning: Alaska State Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the Alaska ICE team, Andy and Rebekah Peterson, the Juneau Yacht Club, Breeze-In (three cheers for the food), Gastineau Human Services, KTOO, good-natured Chris Burns from KINY, professor Robin Walz, Stephanie Wheeler, Robert Buttcane, Girl Scout Troop 8, and the Boys and Girls Club kids, who stuffed all the goody bags with cheerful energy.

A special thanks to the thoughtful and respectful teens who learned from each faith represented: Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Christian Resurgence, Unity Juneau, ELCA Lutheran, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Victory Foursquare Church, Sikh Dharma, Jehovah's Witness, Juneau Friends Meeting (Quakers), First Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science), Baha'i, Zen Buddhist, Juneau Eckankar Center, Chapel By The Lake, Echo Ranch Bible Camp and Tlingit-Haida Spiritual Community.

All of you helped build bridges of understanding, demonstrated strong youth and adult involvement and uplifted faith strengthening in Juneau.

Community engagement is the intentional action of groups and individual working together to create a healthy environment that supports the growth and education of children and youth.

Kathy Buss

Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement

... for helping Helping Hands

Helping Hands would like to take this opportunity to thank Michelle Casey, Mark Beattie, Toni Petrie, Leah Estep and Brent Johnson, who came out to give out warehouse a refreshing look by painting the shelves and floor.

I would like to thank Robert Valliant of Bartlett Regional Hospital for the donation, and also United Way, for organizing the day of caring. The volunteers of Helping Hands appreciate it very much.

Thanks again,

Betty Kaplor

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