Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2001

...for all the help

Thank you for all your help Juneau. Owning a small business in downtown Juneau has been a joy for over 20 years. Downtown has an energy and a pulse all of its own. I truly love downtown. I chose to have my foot repaired (surgery) with Dr. Lam. His orders were two weeks non-weight bearing on my foot, and getting around on crutches was difficult. An adjustment in lifestyle with loss of independence was next. So, I want to say thank you. First off, I want to thank my son Nathan. At 9 years old he made his own breakfast, packed his own lunch and helped me in every way he could. He was my legs. He did a fine job. Second, my staff at work. Without them I would have had to stay home. Their help with ice packs, bringing me lunch, etc. helped me so I could sit at the front desk and roll on two chairs and do reception work. Endless helpfulness was around me. Humility and being humble were good lessons for me. Third, thank you JPD for offering temporary handicap permits. For this short time, I could park in front of my business. Normally, I would park in my rented spot, but was too far away on crutches with the snow and ice. Fourth, thank you to the grocery stores that have electric carts, now that was fun, to put my foot up on a cart to elevate and zoom around and shop for essential items and prescriptions. I even picked up my Christmas cards at the grocery store because they were on a low shelf easy to grab. Yes, Juneau is the best place for me to live. Thank you all!

JoAnne Bell-Graves

...for the hard work

AWARE would like to thank Becky Bear and members of Eckankar for the hard work and support they provided for AWARE and the women and children we serve. Eckankar organized the deep cleaning of our kitchen, which is used by hundreds of families each year seeking safe shelter from domestic violence. Their community service really brightened our day.

Rene Pisel-Walker,

Volunteer Coordinator


...for volunteering, donations

Wildflower Court would like to publicly thank the Master Gardeners of Juneau for the many volunteers, hours of work and $2,500 worth of plants they've donated to our beautiful new home. Not only did they buy the plants, decide where they should be planted and dig the holes to put them in, they also came back to make sure the plants were doing well. As anyone who has ever bought (or built) a new home can tell you, it looks pretty bare without greenery. The Master Gardeners of Juneau have helped to make our new house a real home.

In addition, many people purchased bulbs from the Gastineau Channel Rotary Club and paid to have them planted. Over 500 bulbs were donated. We look forward to a glorious spring filled with flowers courtesy of our wonderful and caring community of Juneau!

Also, many individuals donated plants, money, artwork and handcrafted items during and following our Grand Opening. We thank each and every person for all the wonderful gifts we received. If you walk around our building you will see these items on our walls and in our homes. Thanks to everyone who helped Wildflower Court to become what we envisioned five years ago when we started the project, to truly be a home for our elders to live in with dignity.

The Staff and Board

Wildflower Court

...for your contribution

The Southeast Alaska Guidance Association would like to thank Cuts Online Salon/Spa for their generous contribution to the ServeAlaska Youth Corps graduation.

Two massage therapists, Jose Aguilar and his assistant Carolyn Beers donated 2.5 hours of chair massages to our graduating trail workers!

Thank you owner JoAnne Bell-Graves for making our day extra special!

Southeast Alaska Guidance Association

...for your help

I would like to thank the 50 people who came to Pelican this past July to help me re-open my bar and restaurant. Volunteers and those who celebrated came from Juneau, Douglas, Sitka, Ketchikan, Hoonah and Elfin Cove. I would like to thank Russ and Hans for their plumbing expertise, Razz for helping with the electrical work and Charlie for fixing the roof.

Thanks to Laura, Patty and Sherri for your help as bartenders and cooks. You were wonderful. Thanks also to the gang from the Sitka American Legion who jumped in and helped.

Pat Peterson and the Douglas Deviants were the perfect addition to a hilarious and memorable weekend. Thanks to my daughters Rodie who rallied the troops from Sitka and Mary who organized the party, and made sure that it went off without a hitch. Thanks especially to the eagles circling overhead and the 75 killer whales that returned from the sea to swim in front of my bar.

I am grateful to all of you! You made me feel welcome, and that I was truly home again.

Rose Miller

Rose's Bar & Grill


...for the contributions, work

The players and board of the Juneau Symphony would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their contributions to our recent silent auction: Alaska Gymnastics Academy, Ethel Berge, Mary Borthwick and Robert Minch, Decker Gallery, Gordon and Elizabeth Evans, Ben Franklin Custom Framing, Rick Houck, Juneau Racquet Club, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, KTOO, Dan and Lorinda Kassner, Judy Knight, Lucy Merrell, Bill Paulick and Juneau Brass & Winds, Rick Pearson, Perseverance Theater, Rie Munoz Gallery, Seattle Symphony, Specialty Imports, Heidi Vogel, The String Shop, Shayla Roddy Walker, Dr. Bob White, Barbara Wilmot, and Ardyne Womack.

We are indebted to all the volunteers who worked so hard on auction logistics, especially auction chair Judy Knight. The auction raised over $2600 to support the Juneau Symphony, the Juneau Student Sympony, and our music education programs for youth. We are grateful for the generosity of Juneauites in support of the Capital City's orchestra.

We also offer special thanks to Exxon Mobil for its sponsorship of American Memories, our first concert of our 2001-2002 season, and to Grayline of Alaska and Floyd Spinner for providing transportation for visiting musicians. The November 17 concert had over 850 people in attendance - what a wonderful way to open our season. Cosmic Adventure, our next mainstage concert, will take place Feb. 2 and 3, 2002.

See you at the Symphony!

Susan Burke


...for assisting our family

We would like to express a huge thank you to the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard for their efforts in conducting a search for our family members on Sunday, Dec. 2 and Monday, Dec. 3. Their response to a request for assistance was prompt and thorough, and resulted in the news that Ben and Bev were safe. We are so very fortunate to have the services of the Coast Guard available to us in such emergencies. They have our deepest thanks.

Denny and Bonnie Merritt and family

...for your generosity, help

Through the generosity and hard work of many volunteers, over 300 people enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. The Salvation Army would like to say thank-you to those who made serving others an expression of their Thanksgiving: Especially for the generosity of Murray and Recia and their wonderful staff at the Hangar on the Wharf. They give of themselves and add dignity and class to this community event. To our Advisory Board and Women's Auxiliary members, specifically Jane MacKinnon, who organizes all the volunteers, Board Chairman Dennis Watson, Jerry Harmon, Rod and Jean Morrison. Company donations from Shorty Tonsgard and Channel Construction, for donating the turkeys, Food Services of America, Super Bear, Dick Hand and staff for cooking the turkeys. Mayor Sally Smith, Jean Clayton, Tom, Carol, Keli Jo and Kevin Schriver, Phyllis Ogar, Kelly and Dewey George, Wilma Kirkpatrick, Chloie Watson, Heidi Reichl, Shirley and Miles Ramsdell, Tom Williams, Thyes Shaub, Renee Guerin, Steve Haavig, Paula Scavera, Libby MacKinnon, Bernadine Wlodarczyk, Sandi Benzel, Johanne Ask, Dean Ensley, Peggie Garrison, Mary Arnold, Jacob Haas, Dave Haas, Mary Bardone, Bill Platte, Bev Harmon, Veronica Harmon, Ursula Whitmore, John Lucas, Leann Lucas, Kody Ensley, Nick Goddard, Debbie and Nicole O'Brien, Kelly Horan, Lou Cyganek, Dan, Carol and Sarah, Rick Deising, Paul Hansen and family, Matt and Mike Krauss, Suzanne Haight, Vickie Shaw, Mark, Wess and Max Boatwright, Patrick McKinley, Carmen Kotasse, Rosalee Walker, William Hoston, Christina and Jeff Horton, Tine Whinler, Shimmer Shpert, Marc Horner, George Kelly. If we have missed you, please accept our apology and heartfelt thanks as well.

...for all the hard work

On Nov. 15, the Juneau-Douglas High School hosted its annual College/Career fair. Thanks to many in the community who worked together to make this event a great success. Over 100 colleges, post-secondary schools, military representatives and service providers from around the country descended upon our school. They provided information about options after high school to JDHS parents, students and staff, Juneau community, as well as students from outlying areas. The overwhelming feedback from these folks is that Juneau's College/Career fair is the best. It is the best because of the kindness and generosity of the community.

Thanks to Princess Tours for transporting hundreds; Timberwolf Ventures, Inc. for providing mementos given to our visitors to take home with them; Centennial Hall for the elegant set up for the luncheon; Hangar on the Wharf for the excellent meal; Juneau Jumpers, Megan Clough & Company, and Sarah Moore Productions for the outstanding entertainment that left many with tears; Good Humor Balloons for helping create the "fair atmosphere"; Cynthia Shaw and her Chef classes for providing delicious refreshments; Early Scholars for the evening reception; and volunteer parents and staff who were on call for set-up, clean-up and whatever else needed to be done.

However, the primary credit for the success of this fair goes to the students at Juneau-Douglas High School. Thanks to Mr. Gress and his National Honor Society students who were responsible for organization, the students that hosted representatives and to all the students who attended the fair. Again and again the visiting representatives stated how impressed they were with our students. A frequent comment was, "The students at JDHS are respectful, kind and fun to talk to." I am proud to be associated with Juneau-Douglas High School students and staff.

Barb Conant,

Career Center Coordinator

Juneau-Douglas High School

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