Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, December 08, 2004

... for help in the search

We would like to publicly thank all the organizations and people involved in the search effort for Mike Grieser on Nov. 23 and 24. The community of Juneau is indeed very fortunate to have such a competent and giving network of people dedicated to the search and rescue of those in need.

We never planned to use their services, but when we did, they were there. Their comprehensive efforts showed concern not only for Mike, who was missing, but also for those of us left waiting for word of his safety.

To the Alaska State Troopers, Sea Dogs, U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, Juneau Mountain Rescue Team and any others we are not aware of, because of your help we had a Thanksgiving that was truly thankful.

The Grieser Family

... from the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Juneau would like to thank the caring community of Juneau for its support in providing the community Thanksgiving dinner. Because of the generous support of many, more than 300 meals were served. This was truly a community gathering; some down on their luck, some lonely and some just wanting to enjoy the fellowship and good meal. We are so blessed to live in such a caring community.

Special thanks to the following: The Hangar on the Wharf owners Reecia Wilson and Murray Damito; their wonderful staff; Channel Construction for donating the turkeys; Dick Hand and Alaska Seafood for smoking them; and Jane MacKinnon for once again coordinating all the volunteers.

And thanks to the volunteers, without whom the event would not have been possible: Matthew Brock, Doug Arenes, David Simmons, Jerry Harmon and family, Nichole Dezed, Millie Gauik, Lisa Davey, Wilma Kirkpatrick, Leoma R. Pontious, John Kern, Vicki Campbell, Johanne Ask, Ricky D. Deising, Gary Blood, Renee Gourin, Michael Obert, Carlton Smith and sons, Janelle Wacker, Natalie Alton, Michelle Ward, Natalie Ward, Krissy Mazour, Raton LeNerve, Mary Rehfeld, Whitney Johnson, Brian Johnson, Laura Johnson, Shyanne Fanning, Jolene Julian, Holly Bierkorhl, Jullanne Frick, Marc Horner, Bill Herman, Peggie Garrison, Meghgn Sestar, Laura Maltinson, Lindsey Casnern, John MacKinnon, Margaret Oneal, Anna Katzeek, Janee Katzeek, Daniel Katzeel, Shirley Ramsdell, Miles Ramsdell, Carol Pitts, Sheila Pitts, Percy Martin, Janet Johnson, Carlene Bergquist, Alecia Nichols, Anthony Arriaga, Robert VanCleave, Allen Pitts, Tim Lagerquist, Lisa Eugene, James Valley, Bonnie J. King, Bob King, Marie Olson, Paul Hanson, Cheryl Hansen, Tasha Hanson, Tracy Hansen, Jim Bing, Allen Valley, Jeannie Lee, Sande Walter, Dorothy Zura, Zeela Bryn Mawr, Dorris Harris, Victoria Godkin, Frank Balogh, Loretta Wairia, Ben Warria, Jean Clayton, Nat Alton, Pamela VanCleave, Johnj Spartz, Holly Buereretto, Tammy Daors, James Liken, Jane and Seth Canaday, Joanne Ark, Cathy Polk, Rod Morrison, and Jean Morrison. Many others donated pies and topping but did not leave their names.

We trust that those who showed their thankfulness by sharing with others found a special blessing this Thanksgiving.

Majs. Larry and Nila Fankhauser

The Salvation Army, Juneau

... for helping with the tree lighting event

Thank you, Juneau Empire, for putting our event in as a public service announcement. Thank you to Brian Wallace for the front-page picture of Douglas' tree and to Connie Mcgee for Stake with Santa pictures on your website.

Thank you to the Douglas Volunteer Fire Fighters and Ralph Kibby of Chatham Electric Inc., for the boom truck for stringing the tree. And to the City & Borough Police Department for the street closure permit of Third Street between G & E, the City & Borough Public Works, and the street division for the barricades. Also, thanks to all Douglas 4th of July Committee members who worked to make our annual community event a success.

In mild rain, about 100 people attended the event. The Douglas Community Methodist Church furnished their tree and power source. The Methodist Men furnished punch and refreshments. Girl Scout Troop 6 served them to the public. Stroller White Pipe band played music. Reverend Ron Covey gave the invocation. Douglas 4th of July President Pat Peterson gave the welcome. Mayor Bruce Botelho turned the tree lights on. Pack 10 Cub Scouts and Girl Scout Troop 36 sang carols. Juneau Tuba Ensemble played holiday music, then the audience joined singing with them. Our thank you to all participants and great music!

Thank you to Greg Smith and Treadwell Arena staff for decorations, music and managing Skate with Santa. Thank you to Steve Foster and his merry elves for skating with the children. The turnout for children under 12 for free sponsored by the Douglas 4th of July Committee was outstanding.

The Douglas 4th of July Committee wishes you a happy holiday.

Susanne Williams

Tree Committee

... for supporting shrine

The Shrine of St. Therese board wishes to express a very grateful thanks to many individuals and businesses who recently supported the 18th Annual Shrine Endowment Dinner/Auction on Oct. 23. To begin with, the board appreciates all who purchased dinner tickets. Most were able to attend the evening's activities and enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Sr. Zita Simon and Barbara Ries.

Specific further thanks to individuals and businesses who supported the shrine by giving of their time, talent, or gift donations: Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures, Goldbelt Corp., Mount Roberts Tramway and Goldbelt Corp. Tracy Arm Cruise, Maria & Jim Rogers, Maria Astra, Prospector Hotel and T.K. Maguire's, Fuji Viator, Bear's Lair, Gallery of the North, Water's Edge B & B, A.J. Gastineau Mill Mine Tour, Cora Reece, Stacy Toner, TEMSCO Helicopters, Lady Jane Mulready, Sue Miller, The Twisted Fish Restaurant, Caribou Crossings, Wings of Alaska, Phillip J. Witt, George and Elizabeth Walters, Princess Cruises, Tony and Lori Yorba, Jeremy and Michelle Kerr, Annie Hurlbut, Baranof Hotel Suite and Gold Restaurant, Mel and Jean Linthwaite, Tongass Regional Eye Clinic, Alaska Travel Adventures, Allen Marine, Gray Line of America, Law Offices of Faulkner-Banfield, White Pass and Yukon Railroad, Myrna Dillon, Ed's Edible Landscaping, Ampy Cruz, Don Douglas Photography, Joan Kohake, Mary Fitterer, Rie Munoz Gallery, C & J Valley Restaurant, Fr. Anastasius Iwuoha and Cathedral Parish, Hearthside Books, Douglas Community Methodist Church, Maren Hayvig, Fiddlehead Restaurant, Mary Dornbuyer, Annette Lockhart, Sally DeWitt, Annie Kaill's, Caro Rosier-Polley, Laura Glaiser, Nancy Potts, JoAnn's Fabrics, Dan and Carol Johnson, JRC Courtside Café, Carlos Boozer, Matthew Grummon, Cece Lihou, Udder Culture, Sid Heidersdorf, Bernadette Blankenship, Jovany's Restaurant, Tom Locher, Western Auto, Aspen Hotels, Con Brio Piano Lessons, Seventh Heaven, Portside Press, Roger and Liza Arsua, Taku Oil, Sally's B & B, Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, NorthStar Trekking, Four Seasons Tours, Frank & Janie Homan, Food Services of America, Alaskan Brewing Co., Laurie Logsdon, Jewl Gasparek, Thane Ore House, Jenette Voss, Naida James, Michael Dombkowski, Virginia Smiley, Sam Bertoni, Budget Liquor, Mile Zero B & B, Valley Lumber Co., Coastal Helicopters, Mary Horton, Noel and Shari Grant, Princess House Consultants, Martha's Weddings and Flowers, Hesson and Deacons Accounting Service, Alaska Club, Kevin Sullivan and Colleen Gordon, Jesse Gemmell, Pat Tynen, Duck Creek Market, Paul's Plumbing and Heating, Breeze In, Mark Kelley Photography, Vince and Jansy Hansen, Northern Sales Co., Fred's Auto, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Heritage Coffee Co., Bell Hesson, Randy Moore, Lora Mallinger, Chuck Gasparek, Gary Horton and Mary Irvine. If there are any businesses or individuals who have been overlooked, we regret this very much and ask that the reader will understand that it was not intentional.

Again, thanks so much for your supportive help; without it this fundraiser would not have succeeded.


The Shrine of St. Therese board, Thomas P. Fitterer, Director

... from the Glory Hole for Thanksgiving support

The Glory Hole would like to thank all the wonderful people of Juneau who helped provide Thanksgiving dinners for people of our community who didn't have the means to do so for themselves. Each of the 174 food boxes we distributed contained a turkey and all the trimmings for dinner, allowing people to cook a Thanksgiving meal for their friends and family at home. Many, many turkeys and fixings were donated to the Glory Hole during the last few weeks.

In particular, we would like to thank the Northern Light Junior Theatre for a canned-food drive held during "Annie," the U.S. Forest Service for its annual canned-food drive, Channel Construction for more than a dozen turkeys and potatoes, Dave McDonald for 10 turkeys, and the JDHS Interact Club, for collecting pledges when they spent the night outside.

We also thank the Hangar on the Wharf and the Salvation Army for cooking and serving a delicious Thanksgiving feast for those people who didn't have cooking facilities and/or who wanted to share the festivities in community with others.

As we move into the Christmas season, we urge all citizens of Juneau to please continue share their good fortune with those in need. The Glory Hole's annual Christmas party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19, and we would dearly love to make sure everyone attending receives a wrapped gift. Practical items, like sweatshirts and hats, make perfect gifts for people. We will also be handing out Christmas turkey boxes, and are collecting donations for those at this time.

Thanks again to all the generous people of Juneau.

Jetta Whittaker

Executive Director

The Glory Hole

... from the Salvation Army for the gift of clothing

The Salvation Army would like to thank Pam Brewer and Foxfire for a very generous donation of quality new clothing. You will find these new dresses, gowns and coats for sale at the Salvation Army Thrift store, 538 W. Willoughby Ave. Sales of these items go to support the ministry and services offered by the Salvation Army. Donations such as this make it possible for the Salvation Army to reach out to needy families in Juneau with food, clothing and other assistance. Sincere thanks to Pam and Foxfire for helping us to make a difference.

Majs. Larry and Nila Fankhauser

The Salvation Army Corps Officers

... to Rent-a-Wreck for its generosity

We recently came to Juneau due to a family tragedy (son-in law lost at sea). When we went to rent two vehicles from the folks at Rent-A-Wreck we discovered what we missed most about Juneau. The warm generosity of the people who live there. Those folks refused to accept any payment for the use of two vehicles that we used for more than a week while we waited for word of our family member. I cannot fully express what this meant to us and how it helped us financially. We really want to thank those folks at Rent-A-Wreck for their generosity and caring. We will highly recommend their services to anyone we know going to Juneau in the future. We may not live there anymore but we certainly will keep a warm spot for the kindness of these people. Thank you Rent-A-Wreck-Chitty's!

Roger and Debbie Bunton

Bob and Barb Gray

Dee Barajas

Tammy Ritchie

Michelle Metlicka

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