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Thanks for your support of the daffodil sales
Neighbors Mailbox: March 27, 2011 032711 NEIGHBORS 9 JUNEAU EMPIRE Thanks for your support of the daffodil sales

Courtesy of Elizabeth Shier / Courtesy of Elizabeth Shier

From left, Diana Stevens, Selina Everson, Susan Cox and Debi Ballam were honored as AWARE's Women of Distinction.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Story last updated at 3/26/2011 - 9:39 pm

Neighbors Mailbox: March 27, 2011

Thanks for your support of the daffodil sales

On March 9, this community and the communities of Kake and Skagway received sunshine in the form of Daffodils. This fundraiser by the American Cancer Society has brought sunshine and smiles to many. As chairperson for the American Cancer Society Daffodil Sales and the many volunteers that assist me with the program we would like to thank you all for purchasing daffodils and supporting the program. This year we brought in $26,628.

There are so many people to thank for their assistance, and if I should forget anyone I apologize.

Many thanks is given to Elaine Long, Roscoe Palmer, Cindy Evans, Frankie Miller, Helen Fleming, Barbara Gabier, Welles Gabier, Judy Weske, Jan Somerville, Chris Donak, Cathy Bresette, Tina Seaton, Kathy and Fred Schmitz, Janet Henderson, Bill Williams, Vernon Marshall, Connie and Larry Depute, Marge Hedges and her friend Heidi, Mark Malla, Tina Maryott-Gordon, Beth Belflower, Jody Schmitz, Bea Long, Kathy Clemens, Dorothy Burnett, Carol Whelan, Loretta Gregory of Kake and Val Lawson of Skagway.

Thanks goes to Ron Flint of Nugget Alaskan Outfitters and his employees and Curves for sales and distribution. Thanks to Bartlett Regional Hospital for allowing us to sell in the cafeteria, and the Goldbelt Hotel for allowing us to set up in the lobby. Thanks to Alaska Marine Lines, Wings of Alaska, and Air Excursions for donating transportation of the flowers to Juneau, Kake and Skagway.

A special thank you to KINY for allowing me to come on the radio and to promote the sales and for all of the announcements that they made on behalf of the sales, and to the Juneau Empire for Neighbors.

If you or a business were not contacted for daffodil sales and wish to be, or if you wish to become a volunteer for the 2012 daffodils sales, you may contact me at 364-3617 and your name or business will be put on the list for sales or volunteering.

Wanda Fleming


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AWARE’s 15th annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction was a magnificent success. It was a privilege to recognize this year’s honorees Debi Ballam, Susan Cox, Selina Everson and Diana Stevens. Their unique contributions to our community and their words of wisdom and inspiration made this event an exceptional celebration.

AWARE extends gratitude and appreciation to our Juneau community for your amazing support. This annual fundraising event was made possible by numerous people offering generous gifts of expertise, energy and heart. Our thanks to Representative Kathy Mużoz for her opening remarks and presenting the awards and Legislative Citations to the honorees. We thank Katharine Heumann for her fun and lively hosting as Mistress of Ceremony and Rob Cohen, Adrian Minne and Clay Good for graciously providing opening music. Thank you to Alaska’s Kit and Rose Humphreys for warming us up with songs and accompaniment. We thank Amy Carroll for designing the printed program, Jeanette St. George for producing bid sheets and table names and Rie Mużoz for her beautiful artwork. We appreciate the exceptional efforts toward the silent auction art direction and organization by Ann Rausch and slideshow of AWARE volunteers and events by Angelina Ahrens. Thank you to Elizabeth Shier and Emily Thynes for capturing the night by photographing the event.

AWARE would also like to thank the Women of Distinction Corporate Sponsors and Precious Gems. Their generous financial support helps make this event all that it is. Special thanks to our $2,500 Gold Corporate Sponsor: First National Bank Alaska, to our $1,000 Silver Sponsors: Wells Fargo, Hecla Charitable Foundation and Women Caring for Women – Nell Ann Wagoner. Thanks to Precious Gems $1,000 Diamond: Alaska Housing Finance Corp., Wellspring and Sealaska Corporation; $750 Sapphire: ANS Camp #70; and $250 Rubies Sam Kito, Jr., Elgee, Rehfeld, and Mertz, IBEW-Local 1547, MRV Architects, Cathy Carter, Diane and Al Adams and Carol and Tom Schwan. We offer a special thank you to KTOO public broadcasting and The Plant People for their in-kind contributions.

Thank you to our generous auction donors. Both businesses and individuals are listed on our website www.awareak.org. Thank you for making our dinner a financial success and fun!

We also thank the hundreds of people who attended the dinner, our new members and those who made a financial contribution or bought an advertisement in the Women of Distinction program book. The proceeds from the Women of Distinction event further AWARE’s work with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. It is a wonderful opportunity to honor women who have made a difference while supporting work to end violence in our community.

Finally, I would like to thank the dedicated Board of Directors: Co-chairs Michele Masuda and Chris Burke, secretary Tisha Gieser, treasurer Cheryl Eldemar and members Robin Gilcrist, Cathy Johnson, Barbara Murray, Maren Haavig, Jessica Srader, Jeff Irwin and the staff at AWARE who worked tirelessly to bring the details of the event to life. Thanks for your commitment to AWARE and our mission.

AWARE’s ability to work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault is greatly enhanced by Juneau’s community support. Together we are working towards a community of respect for ourselves and others, where we can all live in peace and freedom. I look forward to seeing you all at the Choose Respect March and Rally at noon, March 31 at the Capitol steps.

Saralyn Tabachnick,

Executive Director,


Help me learn more about Alaska

Editor’s note: The following is a letter received from a student who is working on a research project about Alaska. Reader responses can be mailed directly to the student’s school at the following address: Napa Valley Language Academy, 2700 Kilburn Ave., Napa, CA 94558.

Hello, my name is Zuleima. I am a fifth grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, Calif.

The reason I am writing to you is because my class is doing state reports and I have chosen your magnificent state, Alaska. I would really appreciated it if you posted my letter in your newspaper so that I can hopefully get all the help I need from you or your readers. I will be writing my report on your state’s agriculture, economy, history, famous people, state symbols and historical and tourist attractions. I will also be doing a PowerPoint presentation and oral report. What I would like from you or your readers are magazines, brochures, pamphlets, post cards and/or souvenirs.

Thank you in advance for your support in helping me become a great researcher of your amazing state.