Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2004

... for aiding a friend in need

Thank you for the overwhelming response to a friend in need. It is what makes our hearts warm and is what giving is all about.

Happy holidays to all!

Thank you! Fa'afetai! Gracias! Salamat! Gunalch'eesh! Cam on! Arigatou! Merci! Mahalo!

The staff of Glacier Valley School and Don and Amy Martin and family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the businesses and individuals of the Juneau community.

On Dec. 3, the staff at Glacier Valley sponsored a benefit dinner, silent auction and dessert auction to raise funds to help Amy and Don Martin with the expenses they are incurring during her treatment for breast cancer. Amy is a teacher at Glacier Valley.

Thank you for the generous donations of items to the silent auction, the dessert auction and the ingredients for the lasagnas, salads and the breads for the dinner and as well as providing entertainment for the event.

There were so many people and businesses that participated that they are too numerous to list and we did not want to leave anyone out.

We could not have done this event without the help from a loving and caring community, and we would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who donated in so many different ways. Your generosity and compassion remind us again of how fortunate we are to be a part of the Glacier Valley and Juneau community.

You all know who you are, and you all know that you are special and wonderful people. The benefit was a huge success! To all the people and children that came or made a donation, thank you.

Glacier Valley School staff,

friends and family of Don and Amy Martin

...from Grandma's Incorporated

Grandma's Incorporated is happy to report that the Thanksgiving dinner at the ANB Hall on Nov. 25, was a success. There were 41-plus families, with many single individuals (140-plus total) that attended. Tables were decorated with tablecloths, flowers and Grandma's Incorporated Mission Statement/Info place mats. Throughout the hall at different tables we had X-Box games, watching the football game on TV, playing chess or cards, artwork for children and other games including Karaoke entertainment provided by Jason and Audrey Brown. Everyone had fun.

We were fortunate to be able to use the ANB hall. We truly appreciate ANB Camp 2 for their willingness to help. This was a "last-minute" gathering as we wanted to be able to spend the day together and none of us have a large enough home or space. So once we secured the hall we offered an invite to any individual or family we came in contact with. Volunteers were in full force at the hall from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. that day. Maureen came in and made her famous fresh bread. Roberta Fawcett cooked a tremendous variety of delicious foods and made salads galore. Diane Carrier offered use of her van. We ended up with well over 14 turkeys with stuffing (one donated by Georgia Finau and Joe Kahklen - thank you), ham, deer meat, seaweed and eggs, smoked salmon, fresh breads and many other delicious foods.

We want to extend our appreciation to Coca Cola and Pepsi Bottling for donating cases of sodas. A special thank you to Norman Vonda; Dan Sharclane and his daughters Darrein, Myrna and Toni; Felicia, Berta and Tonya Lynn Fawcett; Charles Fawcett Jr.; Jackie Johnson; William Brown; Percy Douglas; Robert Fawcett; Robert Sharclane; and Larry Brown for all your help.

How wonderful to be able to do this.

Last but not least, thank you to all the individuals who came with foods and games to share. Thanksgiving is truly a time to get together and share. In conclusion here is our motto: "Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." For more information on Grandma's Incorporated, please call Maureen at 523-0796.

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