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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanks for contributing to our championship

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The 2007 Alaska Ironman Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Championships held Nov. 10 at Centennial Hall were a great success. More than $2,000 was raised for the Zach Gordon Youth Center through this drug-tested event.

The incredible physiques and athletic performances on stage proved what can be accomplished through hard work, rather than performance enhancing drugs. Thank you to all the competitors.

This wonderful event could not have taken place were it not for the generous support of so many of Juneau's businesses and professionals. Thank you again to Alaska Health Options, Alaska Industrial Hardware, ALCAN Electric, Best Western, Budget Rental Cars, Choate Law Firm, City Center Chiropractic, Copy Works, David George, Dr. John Bursell, El Sombrero Family Restaurant, First Bank, Fitness Essentials, KINY, KJNO, KSUP, Logan Dental, Lessmeier and Winters Law Offices, Play It Again Sports, Rainbow Foods, Southeast Remodel, TAKU 105 and Winnfield Consulting.

Thank you also to the following merchants for donating door prizes: Alaska Industrial Hardware, Fitness Essentials, GNC, Nugget Alaskan Outfitters and Play It Again Sports.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who came out to support these great athletes and the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

Corey and Ellen Pavitt

Pavitt Health and Fitness

Juneau

Thanks for supporting us during our loss of Robin Stevens

The family of Robin Eugene Stevens wishes to thank all of those who offered their prayers, help and support during the time of our loss.

Robin died suddenly on Oct. 10, 2007, while painting an apartment. He was 60. The medical examiner determined that cause of death was due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, a condition no one knew Robin had.

Well known for his building maintenance and painting skills, Robin Stevens, prided himself in working well with his clients, and always tried to do a good job for the people he worked for. Robin was a talented singer and trumpet player. He enjoyed playing in various church affiliated music groups, and sang many years in the "Singing Christmas Tree."

Robin's family would like to thank Robin's friends, Paul and Gay Peresky for their help and education of Robin's family has to the traditions of a Messianic Jewish Funeral. We thank Paul Paresky for officiating at the funeral and his wife Gay for singing Hebrew songs.

The family would like to thank the Pallbearers: Seth Stevens, (Robin's Son), Daniel Stevens, (Robin's Brother) friends David Marvel, Raymond Huffman, Elmer Ignell, Mike Norton, Jeff Hartman, Gary Baysinger and close friend Fred Phillips.

A special thanks to the angel in our midst, Lisa Bogert, who from the moment of the phone call telling us that Robin had passed, was there for us, providing meals, and took on the job of the reception from start to finish. Thank you to the ladies of the Messianic Jewish worship group for providing a beautiful variety of food for the reception. Thanks to David and Delores Stevens of Anchorage who flew to Juneau to take care of Robin's personal effects, and to the Pareskys' who also helped in that endeavor.

Most of all, thank you to all of Robin's friends who shared good memories, funny stories, and supported his son and family in their time of grief. We are thankful for everyone who attended the funeral, offered words of encouragement, prayers, food, phone calls of support, cards, letters, emails, and made donations to the Robin Stevens Memorial fund, set up at Wells Fargo to be used for the education of his 16 year old son, Seth Stevens, Thank you to the teachers, Seth's school counselor Barb Conant, and the many students who responded to Seth's loss with compassion and understanding. You have all made a tremendous difference in our lives at a time when we were forced to deal with a sudden an unexpected loss. Thank you Janie Bee Powell, Larry Spencer, Totem Properties, Dr. Jennifer and Steve Jozwiak and staff, Elmer and Ramona Ignell, Dr. Akiyama and family and the many other friends who shared this time with us.

Autumn was Robin's favorite time of year, so in Robin's honor, we send special wishes and blessings from his family to yours.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.

Seth Stevens, Pat Magill Stevens and the Stevens family

Juneau

Thanks for helping out at our White Ribbon Benefit Run

Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. and the DELTA Project would like to thank everyone who helped out with the White Ribbon Benefit Run on Oct. 27.

We'd especially like to thank the following for their generous contributions to the race: Heritage Coffee, Superbear, Fred Meyer and Breeze In. Special thanks - and congratulations - to Paul DeSloover and the Southeast Road Runners Club. The event was a huge success and we couldn't have done it without all of you. Thank you.

Cristina Reitz and Ati Nasiah

Juneau

Thanks for opening your cupboards and hearts for families

I am writing in response to the Juneau Empire's "Charities still seek holiday donations," article that appeared on Nov. 13. Alpha Phi Omega, a local service co-ed fraternity here at the University of Alaska Southeast, just conducted its semester's canned food drive.

We've put this event together for the past four to five semesters and every time get awesome results form Juneau citizens. As far as conducting it, we've distributed fliers and bags door to door in Mendenhall Valley neighborhoods and then come by to pick-up the bags right from peoples houses.

This year we conducted the drive in conjunction with the Student Leadership In Residence Program (SLIRP, a group of freshmen at UAS) and some local scouts.

In total, there were around 25 volunteers and even as I write, right now, the Food Bank is tallying up the total poundage we garnered in - tallied poundage for the canned food drive ended up to be upwards of 1,200 pounds.

People donated all sorts of food - from pumpkin pie filling to Butterfinger hot chocolate, which I didn't even know existed.

Alpha Phi Omega would like to thank all the Juneau citizens who opened up the cupboards and hearts for families in need this Thanksgiving holiday.

Forest Kvasnikoff

President, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Zeta Theta Chapter

University of Alaska Southeast

Juneau



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