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  72     November 11, 2010 - 12:11pm | kmacknicki

Lumen Christi students collect food for charity

Students at Lumen Christi High School have collected over 1,000 boxes of stuffing for distribution during the annual Thanksgiving Blessings program on Monday, November 22.

The school has partnered with Catholic Social Services to help provide a Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey and all the fixings, to an estimated 1,400 families in Anchorage who may not otherwise have a holiday meal.

The school’s goal of 1,000 boxes is even more notable when considering that the enrollment of the school is 75 students. This is an average of 14 boxes of stuffing per student. The boxes are on display in the library of the school, where students have constructed an impressive structure that measures six feet by eight feet, and is over 4 feet high. The stuffing display is a visual reminder of the need in our community.

The stuffing drive ends Friday, November 12, 2010. Lumen Christi will be delivering the boxes of stuffing to Catholic Social Services that afternoon.

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  71     June 21, 2010 - 3:01pm | kmacknicki

Regal Cinemas invites Boys & Girls Club to send in the kids!

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF MT VIEW COMMUNITY CENTER FLIPS OVER FLICKS THIS SUMMER!
Regal Entertainment Group Gives Club Members an Opportunity to Go to the Movies for Free.
Anchorage, June 21, 2010 – Summer is here and parents and caregivers are looking for ways to keep kids active, engaged and entertained. Thanks to a partnership with Regal Entertainment Group, members of Mt. View Community Center Boys & Girls Club will enjoy free
admission to the movies this summer through the Free Family Film Festival. Regal Entertainment Group is also providing the Club with a stipend to help cover staff expenses and transportation.
“Our Boys & Girls Club members are going to be thrilled,” said Dave Barney of Boys & Girls Club. “The number of youth we serve often doubles in the summer months; therefore we’re always grateful for opportunities like Regal Entertainment Group’s Free Family Film Festival that offers fun and engaging activities for our young people. Most importantly, we can leverage this
experience to stretch their imagination, while opening doors to a world of exploration and excitement.”
Boys & Girls Club of Mt. View Community Center shares the joy at the Regal Tikahtnu Stadium 16 located at the Tikahtnu Commons Mall, where local members share summer fun at the movies.
“Regal Entertainment Group is extremely proud of our relationship with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and we are pleased to continue offering resources for local Clubs to take their members to free movies at our theatres,” said Dick Westerling, senior vice president marketing and advertising for Regal Entertainment Group. “Since 2004, our theatres across the country
have worked closely with local Boys & Girls Clubs to coordinate and customize this experience
for each community.”
Boys & Girls Clubs have played an integral role in the Mt. View community for 11 years. In 2009 alone, daily programming and services were provided to over 1,000 young people. The Club is open Monday – Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm with programs that emphasize education and career enhancement, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts,
sports, fitness and recreation.

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  70     February 10, 2010 - 12:57pm | kmacknicki

Carr-Safeway honored by Anchorage Youth Symphony

Anchorage Youth Symphony honored Carrs-Safeway for their generous contributions during a recent AYS concert. Carrs-Safeway store manager, RJ Ryan from the Abbott Road store attended the AYS concert and was presented with a plaque of appreciation in front of the crowd of hundreds. Ryan was given a thunderous round of applause in appreciation for all that donations from his store have meant for AYS.

‘Funding for arts education continues to be minimized in education. It is a critical avenue of expression and learning for all students. Through the generous support of Safeway's participation in the eScrip program, Anchorage Youth Symphony can support student learning through music education,’ said Traci Caves, eScrip Fundraising Coordinator for AYS.

‘We have recently been able to expand our funding of music instruction for needy students who otherwise would not be able to explore their passion for music and develop their skills as performers. When the Anchorage Youth Symphony was invited to perform as the closing group for the 20th Annual International Music Festival at the Sydney Opera House in July this year, it was funds from eScrip that helped allow 63 of our students to perform in this unique venue. Thank you soooo much for providing this fantastic support for the performing arts and music education for youth in our community,’ Caves went on to say.

Anchorage Youth Symphony earned over $60,000 in the Safeway eScrip program this year. The Safeway eScrip program is a free program that makes contributions to Anchorage Youth Symphony PTSA based on grocery purchases. There is no cost to consumers. Donations from Safeway are calculated as a percentage of total monthly grocery purchases for each registered eScrip participant. The eScrip program delivers marketing programs that bring retailers, manufacturers and service providers forward in support of education of youth. To date, the eScrip program has generated more than $200 million in merchant contributions to schools and organizations across the country.

To learn more about the eScrip program, or to support a local school in your area, visit www.escrip.com.

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  69     January 22, 2010 - 3:52pm | kmacknicki

ANCHORAGE ROTARIANS TRAVEL TO INDIA

Bob Weel, Gavin Bryant and Jill Johnson, members of the Rotary Club of Anchorage Hillside, will depart on February 4th for India. They will be members of the Rotary Dream Team: India 2010, led by Rotarian Elias Thomas, a past District Governor from Maine. For the past seven years, Thomas has led various teams of Rotarians from around the world, to participate in the National Immunization Days (NIDs) in India, where literally tens of millions of children are immunized against the crippling, and often deadly, disease of polio. Children under the age of five years are brought to distribution sites throughout the country and in one day as many as 150 Million children will be immunized! This year, the team will be comprised of Rotarians and non-Rotarians, from Canada, France, Russia, India and the United States.

Through the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has received some $355 Million to be used solely for the eradication of polio. Rotarians throughout the entire world have been challenged to meet $200 Million of that amount, thereby totaling $555 Million. Since the mid-1980s, when Rotary International took on the challenge of the total eradication of polio from the face of the earth, more than two billion children have been immunized, reducing the annual new cases of polio from some 65,000 to fewer than 3,000. Furthermore, through the efforts of Rotarians, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and UNICEF, polio has been eradicated from almost every country, with only Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and parts of India remaining endemic.

In addition to the polio NID, the ROTARY DREAM TEAM – INDIA 2010 will also be serving as common laborers in a construction project in Teenchwala village. This is an arid area in the state of Rajasthan, where locals are dependent upon meager crops for sustenance. As a result of the construction of a catch dam in a dried-up river bed, and following the monsoon season, a huge reservoir will be created behind the dam, raising the water table and restoring many tube wells that have long since gone dry. The final success will be that crop production for three tiny villages near Teenchwala will increase from one to three crops annually!

For those interested in following the progress of the group, one may visit the BLOG: http://rotarydreamteam-india2010.blogspot.com

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  68     December 16, 2009 - 10:30am | kmacknicki

The Sled Dog Fund donates $1000 to Anchorage family

The Sled Dog Fund donates $1000 to Anchorage family
By SDF Staff

TWO RIVERS, ALASKA (December 15, 2009)

The Sled Dog Fund Donates $1000 to Anchorage family in need of a Service Dog

During the week of December 20-26th, The Sled Dog Fund, Inc. plans to make a $1000 donation to the Rieser family of Anchorage, Alaska. The Rieser’s daughter, Nicole, has special needs and the family is starting the fund raising process to obtain a service dog her. The Sled Dog Fund is pleased to provide some initial financial support to the Rieser family and encourages other organizations and businesses in the Anchorage area to contribute as well.

The Sled Dog Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that uses racing sled dogs and their mushers to promote awareness and raise funding for the support of special needs children and their families. The Sled Dog Fund directly supports research on disabilities, funds hospital programs, assists with parental education initiatives and sponsors individual special children. The Sled Dog Fund, Inc.’s website is available at www.sleddogfund.org

For further information on this donation, contact Blake Matray, Executive Director, at (907) 378-3358 or by email at info@sleddogfund.org

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  67     October 27, 2009 - 3:04pm | BradleyReid

AT&T Foundation Donates $5,000 to Covenant House Alaska

The AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), announced a grant of $5,000 to Covenant House Alaska. The donation will support the Covy Café, a job development program that gives youth ages 16-21 with an opportunity to learn valuable job skills in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment.

“I’m very pleased that AT&T is able to make this contribution,” said Mike Felix, president of AT&T Alaska. “Connecting communities is core to what AT&T strives for, and when we can provide assistance to organizations like Covenant House, everyone benefits.”
Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing shelter and other services to homeless, runaway and at-risk youths. Covy Café, located at Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage, is a coffee shop and Trail Watch Headquarters for the coastal trail. The Cafe operates as a job-training program for local youth, working with community partnerships to teach customer service and job skills.

“The generosity of AT&T is much appreciated by Covenant House,” said Deidre Cronin, executive director, Covenant House Alaska. “AT&T’s support of Covy Café will help us in our mission to assist local young people to learn valuable job skills that will help them build solid futures,” she said.

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan acknowledged the work of Covenant House in improving
the community. “Covenant House Alaska provides crucial services to at-risk young people. By working together with companies like AT&T, local community service agencies can make significant improvements to the quality of life for our residents who need help most,” Sullivan said.

Covenant House Alaska was selected as the recipient of this donation by the Alaska chapter of the AT&T Pioneers. More than 350,000 people nationwide are members of the AT&T Pioneers, making it the nation’s largest company-sponsored volunteer organization. In 2005, AT&T Pioneers donated more than 11.3 million hours of their time to community outreach activities. This equates to nearly $204 million worth of volunteer time. There are more than 50 members of the AT&T Pioneers in Alaska, each of whom is committed to volunteerism at the local level.

For more information about AT&T Inc., please log on to www.att.com/alaska.

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  66     October 22, 2009 - 10:15am | kmacknicki

Sterling Masons Donate to Eagle Flood Relief

When members of the Sterling Masonic Lodge learned of the devastation caused in the small community of Eagle by an ice jam and flood on the Yukon River this spring they came together to do what Masons are known the world over for doing: helping those in need. Members of the Lodge purchased a freezer, and collected gifts of fish from their fellow members and neighbors on the Kenai Peninsula. Before long the freezer was full of salmon, halibut, and other tasty treats. One of the Lodge’s members delivered the frozen “care package” to Eagle in mid July. The unique gift helped to buoy spirits in the small subsistence community since the fish wheels and much of the other equipment which residents used to provision themselves had been destroyed by the ice or washed away by the flood never to be seen again. The gifted fish also helped to feed the hundreds of volunteers who came from all over the United States and from Canada to help Eagle rebuild.

Ironically, the donated freezer found itself doing temporary duty at the Eagle School when their own freezer failed in late summer. The school kitchen and cafeteria were being used at the time to provide 3 meals a day for all of the construction volunteers, and loss of the freezer was a critical complication. Now, however, the volunteers have all gone home, and the residents of Eagle are preparing to face winter in their new and repaired homes. On October 20th, a drawing was held with each of the 25 resident families of Eagle and Eagle Village who had suffered damage from the flood having a chance to win the donated freezer. The lucky recipient was Chalia Selmon, a widow, whose home had endured flood waters over 8 feet deep throughout the main level, and who had lost 2 freezers as a result of the flood.

Although hundreds of miles away from the site of the devastation, the Sterling Masons reached out in a unique way to do what they could to brighten a dark time for a community of fellow Alaskans and friends they had never yet met.

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  65     September 29, 2009 - 1:01pm | DX

Thank you from Jay Hudson

A most sincere, heartfelt THANK YOU is extended to everyone who took part in the Jay Hudson Fundraiser held in Talkeetna on September 26, 2009. Those who made donations, bought auction items and contributed time or talent are the heart of our community. I have been blessed. Again, THANK YOU - one and all.

Jay Hudson

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  63     May 5, 2009 - 10:35am | crenfroe1

Great Alaska Council, BSA, Scouting for Food

Congratulation to the Boy Scouts for another quality event. The Scouting for Food drive celebrated its 21st consecutive year with the best food drive ever. In cooperation with the Food Bank, Pacific Alaska Freight, Fred Meyer and Carr's the youth collected 45,850 pounds of food last month. The total Council wide total came to 55,342 pounds when Mat-Su, Valdez, Juneau, Soldotna/Kenai and Dillingham poundage was added. A special thanks also goes to all of the kind people who donated to the food drive.

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  62     April 15, 2009 - 8:43am | bwoodin

Dee Hilbert 2008 ACRF Mat-Su Volunteer of the Year

Dee Hilbert received the Alaska Center for Resource Families 2008 Mat-Su Volunteer of the Year award during the award ceremony at the 6th annual Light of Hope event April 5th at Wasilla High. This award was in recognition of the remarkable job she did gathering donated holiday gifts from local individuals, businesses and agencies for children in foster care. For more information contact Betsy Woodin at ACRF 376-4678

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  61     April 8, 2009 - 12:39pm | dahale

Wells Fargo Honored by APU For Their Charitable Support

On Tuesday, April 7th Alaska Pacific University honored Wells Fargo Bank with a reception and brief presentation in thanks for their charitable support of the university. APU President Dr. Douglas North, and Wells Fargo Regional President Richard Strutz both spoke at the event.

Wells Fargo has donated $50,000 to support the university’s Degree Completion Program for working adults, and $15,000 to establish the Wells Fargo Career Scholarship Fund. The fund provides generous scholarships for adult students with low to moderate incomes who are enrolled in the DCP program. 15 students received the scholarship this academic year (2008/09).

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  60     March 25, 2009 - 2:06pm | kalynsc

Big Brothers Big Sisters - Bowl for Kids' Sake

Bowl for Kids’ Sake event raises over $35,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event raised over $35,000 during the event on Saturday, March 21st. This fundraiser is the largest of the year for Big Brothers Big Sisters nationwide, and is expected to generate more than $250,000 for the programs in Alaska alone.

More than 250 people on over 50 teams participated in Saturday’s event at Jewel Lake Bowl. Teams worked to raise $1,000 in pledges, and prizes were given away to teams that raised the most money before the event. The amount of $1,000 is set as the goal for each team, as it is roughly the cost of a Big/Little match between a volunteer and child.

Online pledges will be accepted until July 1st – at which point prizes such as plane tickets and a cruise will be awarded to the teams that raised the most throughout the state. “The funds raised at this event each year ensure that we can continue to provide mentorship to children in the Anchorage community, without this event we would not be able to reach as many children and volunteers” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Anchorage CEO Peggy Owens.

Corporate and donation sponsors included:
-Alaska Airlines
-Wells Fargo
-Alaska Cruise Association
-GCI
-Conoco Phillips
-First National Bank of Alaska
-Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
-Arbor Capital Management Inc
-Neeser Construction
-AT&T
-Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services
-Alaska Wild
-Anchorage Sand and Gravel
-Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
-Kaladi Brothers
-Peppercini’s Deli House
-Alaska Zoo
-Boston’s Pizza
-Allure Day Spa and Hair Design
-Aurora Limousine
-Subway
-Fred Meyer
-Hilton
-Burger King
-Marriot
-Phillips Cruises and Tours
-Moose’s Tooth
-Arctic Roadrunner
-Dimond Parking

Children who are mentored through BBBS are known to do better in school have more positive relationships with peers and family, and grow up to be positively involved in their communities. Great things can happen when the children in our community feel supported and encouraged.

To pledge the event, please visit www.bfksalaska.kintera.org, or call Liz Army at 263-2064 for more information.

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  59     February 11, 2009 - 8:31pm | CarinStephens

Princess Tours gives $100,000 to UAF Marine Advisory Program

Princess Cruises & Tours has donated $100,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the support of the Marine Advisory Program. The gift will provide salary and administrative support for MAP agents in several Alaska coastal communities over the course of three years.

The UAF Marine Advisory Program is a statewide marine extension service comprised of advisory agents who live and work in nine coastal communities across Alaska. MAP agents help coastal residents use, conserve and manage the ocean resources that often provide the economic backbone of Alaska's coastal towns and villages.

"This outstanding gift highlights Princess Cruises & Tours' commitment as stewards of our ocean environment," said UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers. "With their high-profile presence in Alaska waters, Princess Cruises & Tours is a strong leader and a prime example of a private company teaming up with the university and Alaska communities to help preserve the things that makes this great state so unique."

Because MAP agents are dependent on external funding for a portion of their salaries, this support from Princess will allow MAP agents to continue working in their communities, despite the current economic climate. MAP agents are currently located in Petersburg, Ketchikan, Juneau, Unalaska, Cordova, Anchorage, Bethel, Kodiak and Nome. In each community, the local MAP agent works to bolster local economies, conserve marine resources and market fisheries and marine businesses.

Princess first approached UAF last year to find a way to support and promote marine conservation in Alaska. When informed about MAP, they decided it was the best way for Princess to directly improve the lives of everyday coastal Alaskans.

"Princess is dedicated to environmental stewardship worldwide - it is the right thing to do and our visitors expect us to protect the land and sea we share with them," said Bruce Bustamante, vice president of community & public affairs for Princess Tours. "Marine and coastal areas are especially important to us. This investment in Alaska simply reflects how important protecting marine waters is to our company."

The donation builds on the company's long tradition of generosity and support for Alaska's university system. Princess Tours supports UAF athletic teams, the University of Alaska Anchorage Culinary Arts Program and other programs.

The UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences conducts world-class marine and fisheries research, education and outreach across Alaska, the Arctic and Antarctic. 55 faculty scientists and 135 students are engaged in building knowledge about Alaska and the world's coastal and marine ecosystems. SFOS is headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and serves the state from facilities located in Seward, Juneau, Anchorage and Kodiak.

For more information, visit www.sfos.uaf.edu or call Carin Stephens at 907-322-8730.

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  58     February 6, 2009 - 2:55pm | sarasef

NY Life Grants $550K to APU and UAF

NEW YORK LIFE GRANTS $550,000 TO SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS IN ALASKA

Grants to The University of Alaska, Fairbanks and Alaska Pacific University Allow Additional Students to Participate in Specialized College Preparatory Programs

In its continued effort to support nonprofit organizations targeting young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, and educational enhancement, New York Life Insurance Company announced two grants totaling $550,000 to support educational enhancement programs administered by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) and Alaska Pacific University (APU).

“These scholarship funds, generously provided by New York Life, will allow many distinguished Alaskan students to attend the Early Honors Program who would not otherwise be able to afford it,” said Dr. Douglas M. North, president, Alaska Pacific University. “This will benefit the entire Anchorage community because the extraordinary opportunity offered by Early Honors will now be more accessible to all.”

“UAF’s Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA) and the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) are meaningful programs that open up doors for Alaska's young people,” said UA President Mark Hamilton. “Generosity from private companies like New York Life is incredibly important to our university system. We're not only grateful, but honored, that New York Life has chosen to donate to our programs.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for New York Life to support programs for students who might not otherwise be able to learn in a college setting,” said Chris Park, vice president of corporate responsibility, New York Life.

The two-year, $100,000 grant made to APU will support their Early Honors Program, which helps gifted high school students complete their senior year of high school and freshman year of college simultaneously and even provides an opportunity for them to study abroad. The 45 current participants come from throughout south central Alaska. Sixteen percent of the students are ethnically diverse, and APU has set a goal to more than double that rate to 34 percent.

The New York Life Early Honors Scholarship Fund will help APU draw a larger number of high potential, low income/disadvantaged and ethnically and geographically diverse students, who will be called the New York Life Learners. The Fund will provide four full scholarships, or a larger number of partial ones.

New York Life’s three-year, $450,000 grant to the UAF will support ASRA and RAHI, two programs for high school students.

Introduced in 2001, ASRA provides an intensive, two-week residential learning experience for 8th to 12th graders who have an interest in science, engineering or liberal arts, emphasizing the importance of a college education. It has served 418 students to date.

RAHI helps ease the academic and social transition between high school and college. Students live on the Fairbanks campus for six weeks in the summer, taking courses and experiencing life in a college setting while earning between seven and 10 college credits for their work. Forty to fifty students participate each summer. RAHI was created in collaboration with the Alaska Federation of Natives in 1983 to prepare rural and Alaska Native high school students for college.

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings from all four of the major credit rating agencies. Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investment Management LLC provides institutional asset management, retirement plan and trust services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as institutional and retail mutual funds.

Please visit New York Life’s Web site at www.newyorklife.com for more information. For information about the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, visit www.alaska.edu and www.alaskapacific.edu for information about Alaska Pacific University.

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  54     December 31, 2008 - 1:41pm | bwoodin

holiday donations

Thanks to the following generous agencies, businesses, organizations and individuals for donating gifts for children being cared for by foster, relative, and adoptive families: Volunteer organizer Dee Hilbert; Verda’s Cakes and Things; Sue Frisby and her family; ASAP staff/ Susan, Kelly & Trish; Slack’s Bakery; Abbi Henderson/OCS; Loving Radiance Gift Boutique/Midnight Sun Greeting Card Co, Margaret’s Marvelous Marvels, Lavon Bridges & Alice Wright, Alaska Etc, Doreen Schumacher, Susan Fisher Slater, Velda Brown, Bemd Richter, & Shannon Sanderson; Dr. Beck/Pediatric Dentistry of Alaska; Alaska Aces and Alaska Avalanche hockey teams; Tracy Martin’s 2nd grade class at Knik Elementary School; Lori Jean Pottery; Rachel Samuelson; Linda West; Walden Books; Trinity Lutheran Church; Linda Branson/State Farm Insurance; Jack Randall; The Gallery; Betty Russell/A Better Cut; Eskimo Hugs; Target; Garden Chiropractic; Wilson’s Wasilla Video; Denali Foods Inc; VOA RSVP/Project Warm Up; Loon Attic; Tacos Cancun; Raven Wi; Dairy Queen; Tara Scharber/All About Style; Donna Kimball’s class/Wasilla Middle School-within-a-School; Janet Kincaid; Lynne Bjornsen; Linda Nerland; Jean Olberg; Ron & Linda Cole; Jackie Mann; Nelda Hotchkiss; Happy Dawn’s Thrift Shop; Anna Clark; Earthly Treasures, Just Imagine Toys; Laura Pinnick/Krafts with Kare; Radio Shack; and the generous employees at Mat-Su Borough Dept of Emergency Services, Home Depot, Wasilla Police Dept, Alaska Club in the Valley, and Valley Business Machines. Thanks to you we were able to help make the holidays brighter for children that have experienced abuse and neglect.

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  53     December 31, 2008 - 10:27am | charlene1

Anchorage Project Access presents Awards

Anchorage Project Access presented the Mt. Huntington Award to four of their volunteer providers. The Award symbolized the steep climb to improved health. Rising 12,240' in the Alaska Range, Mt. Huntington is considered one of the most challenging peaks to climb in the world. The Award was acknowledged and signed by Mayor Begich and Bill Hogan, State Commissioner, DHSS and presented to: Dr. David McGuire, Alaska Orthopedic Specialist; Dr. Douglas Haghighi, Internal Medicine, Dr. Byron Perkins, Cornerstone Clinic and Dr. Buffinton Burtis.
To date, over 1,030 patients have been treated by this volunteer network of local physicians. Currently, 405 healthcare providers participate in Project Access representing 39 specialties.

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  52     November 7, 2008 - 12:01pm | ReginaNelson1

Anchorage Group Helps Fill Food Bank Shelves

Anchorage Group Loses
Over 3300 Pounds to Help Fight Hunger!

According to Feeding America, 99% of food banks surveyed experienced an increase in the number of low-income American’s turning to soup kitchens and food pantries for assistance this year [1]. Even the nation's most affluent areas have been affected; thirty-nine percent of the adults requesting emergency food assistance in the last year were gainfully employed [2]. To help support these needs locally, the Weight Watchers group that meets at Midtown Anchorage teamed together and joined the fights against two global epidemics – hunger and obesity – by participating in a six week campaign called Lose for Good Campaign.

As part of Lose for Good, the group coordinated a food drive – donating a pound of food for each pound lost - to support the Food Bank of Alaska and St. Francis House. Within the six weeks, the group lost over 3,300 pounds and collected 1,108 pounds of food. “One member found her motivation by telling herself that she could stay on track for six weeks for the good of others,” said Phyllis Finley, Food Drive Coordinator and Weight Watchers Leader. “By staying focused and motivated she was able to help herself and others at the same time.”

The group was inspired to take action when they learned the startling statistics; more than 1.6 BILLION adults worldwide are overweight [3]; and 862 million people went underfed in 2007[4]. "It’s amazing to see how acts of charity and kindness, in addition to getting healthy, really motivated our group to keep up with their weight-loss efforts," said Finley. "The members are excited that their losses will do so much good – not only for themselves but those in our community. Our loss is truly someone else’s gain."

On a national level, Weight Watchers tracked each pound members lost over a period of six weeks, and donated the cost of a pound of food – up to 1 million dollars - to Share Our Strength and Action Against Hunger. These organizations will use the funds to enhance existing programs that feed the hungry in America and troubled parts of the world. In addition, Weight Watchers locations, like Midtown Anchorage, have used this campaign to take a step further, and coordinated over 2,000 food drives to address hunger in their hometowns. The result – over 4 million pounds lost by Weight Watchers members and over 1.5 million pounds of food collected for local hunger. For more information, check out www.Loseforgood.com.

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1 Of 180 food banks surveyed, 99% experienced an increase in the number of clients served within the past year, Feeding America
2 "Hunger and Homelessness Survey, US Conference of Mayors
3 There are 1.6 billion overweight people in the world, World Health Organization
4 There were 862 million people in the world in 2007 that were underfed, Bread for the World

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  50     October 29, 2008 - 2:01pm | akjesster8

Program partners permanently endow chair for ANSEP program

Industry partners and Native corporations have stepped up with the Rasmuson Foundation to create the Herbert P. Schroeder Endowed Chair of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP). The endowment, with pledged gifts in excess of $4 million, will ensure stable funding for a full-time, year-round faculty member dedicated to students enrolled in ANSEP.

In December 2007 the Rasmuson Foundation contributed a $2 million challenge grant to fund the creation of the endowed chair position. The Rasmuson Foundation has been a long-time supporter of ANSEP because of its tremendous success in recruiting and retaining Alaska Native science and engineering students.

“ANSEP has made a lasting difference for Alaska Native students,” said Diane Kaplan, President and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation. “This program has created a supportive learning community, allowing students to excel and graduate at unprecedented levels.”

Alyeska Pipeline was the first to step up to the challenge in September. In a matter of a month, seven other partners generously donated to the chair, exceeding the amount of funds needed for the match. Commitments to date include Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, ASRC Energy Services, BP, Chevron, CIRI, ConocoPhillips, Rasmuson Foundation, Shell Oil and Udelhoven Oilfield System Services.

“We are honored that so many companies – many of whom have supported ANSEP since the beginning – have provided this enduring gift to ANSEP,” notes Fran Ulmer, UAA Chancellor. “The creation of the endowed chair guarantees that ANSEP will continue to recruit and retain the highest quality of leadership.”

Dr. Herb (Iļisaurri) Schroeder, for whom the endowed chair position is named, is the founder and executive director of ANSEP. Dr. Schroeder started the program in 1995 with one engineering student. In 2001 Dr. Schroeder led the formation of the Pacific Alliance with the goal of replicating ANSEP at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Hawai’i Manoa and the University of Washington. Today, there are 350
Indigenous engineering students in the Alliance, including more than 140 Alaska Native engineering students in Alaska alone. In addition, there are approximately 200 high school students engaged in the ANSEP Pre-College component.

“These contributions to the endowed chair ensure that there will be a faculty advocate for Native students on our campus in perpetuity,” notes Schroeder. “All of us at ANSEP are humbled by the support of the Alaska oil industry and the Alaska Native regional corporations. Rasmuson Foundation President Diane Kaplan and Alyeska President Kevin Hostler’s leadership in organizing support for the ANSEP chair is an extraordinary contribution to Alaska. Together with our partners we are having a profound and positive impact on the lives of our students, their families, their communities, our partner organizations, and the state that will endure for generations to come.”

ANSEP is a longitudinal program that works with students from the time they are freshmen in high school all the way through graduate school. The program has been proven to increase university recruitment and retention rates through hands-on high school outreach initiatives, rigorous summer bridging programs, focused academic learning communities, organized student cohorts, networks of peer and professional mentors, community-based learning, professional internships, undergraduate research projects and graduate school programs.

The Herbert P. Schroeder Chair of ANSEP will oversee and provide strategic direction for ANSEP and the related partnerships with other universities. The Chair will be the key individual identified with ANSEP, responsible for building awareness and support of the program both within Alaska and throughout the United States.

For more information on ANSEP contact Dr. Herb Schroeder at (907) 786-1860 or herb@uaa.alaska.edu, or visit http://ansep.uaa.alaska.edu/.

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  49     July 21, 2008 - 2:35pm | vivianh

Mental Health Trust Awards $74,150 in Grants

July 9, 2008

Mental Health Trust Awards $74,150 in Grants
Funds support art-outreach program, education and training projects and homeless clinic

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has awarded $74,150 in grants for 10 small projects around the state. The grants target a wide range of beneficiary programs that range from support for an underage drinking prevention program for youth in rural Alaska to computers for the homeless.
The awardees include two rural and eight urban projects:
• Akeela, Inc. - $9,555 to fund a 12-week drama therapy program in which participants will develop, produce and perform productions based on self-exploration and personal experiences.
• Alaska Mental Health Consumer Web - $10,000 to sponsor a Native Arts and Drum group to teach Native traditions through storytelling, dance, drumming, sewing, drum making and other crafts.
• Anchorage Police Department Auxiliary Search Team - $10,000 to provide updated tracking devices and training for team members to monitor individuals with Alzheimer’s or other mental disabilities.
• Beans Café Inc. - $5,000 to provide backpacks of healthy food every Friday for 200 children who otherwise would not receive nutritious meals on weekends.
• Capital Community Broadcasting, Inc. - $10,000 to air a series of national PBS mental health-related programs on the statewide channel, 360 North. A televised discussion and resource information session for Alaska viewers will air in conjunction with each program.
• Catholic Social Services - $5,000 to provide homeless individuals with access to computers in order to enhance basic computer skills, work on job related tasks or correspond with family and friends.
• Hoonah City Schools - $3,345 to train two Hoonah police officers as mental illness and crisis trainers in the Hoonah community.
• Refuge Chapel - $10,000 to provide nutritious meals for youth in a positive, safe and alcohol/drug free environment that is directed and staffed by elder community members.
• Special Education Service Agency - $10,000 for the purchase, demonstration and use of communication devices for students with developmental disabilities in rural and remote Alaska.
• Tok Area Counseling Center (TACC) - $1,250 to create a DVD of the “Town Hall Meeting on Preventing Underage Drinking” to be distributed to rural villages in the Tok community as part of TACC’s Behavioral Health Program.

The Trust annually budgets $250,000 for new and innovative small projects that are a direct benefit to Trust beneficiaries. These beneficiaries include people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and traumatic head injuries that result in brain injury.
Grants are awarded three times a year, in March, July and November. The deadline for The Trust’s next cycle of grants is October l, 2008. Applications may be sent to The Trust at 3745 Community Park Loop, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99508. Details and an application form are available on The Trust’s Web site at www.mhtrust.org under “Small Projects Funding” or by calling Luke Lind at (907) 269-7999.

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  48     June 16, 2008 - 3:36pm | bwoodin

thank you

Alaska Center for Resource Families and the Office of Children’s Services were proud sponsors of the recent Resource Family Appreciation Picnic. It was a great success thanks to the donations from the following generous individuals and agencies: Slack’s Bakery, Kaladi Brothers, Volunteers of America, LoonAttic, Northern Mist Gifts, Volunteer Firefighters Assoc., Bagels Alaska, HQ Headquarters, Mat-Su Miners, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, Vagabond Blues, Nails Plus, Walden Books, Jaclynn Hamann/Colony High National Honor Society, Geneva Woods Pharmacy, Linda Brandon/State Farm Insurance, Diversified Tires, Jalapenos, Dr. Beck/Pediatric Dentistry of Alaska, MTA, Brenda Glaze/Alaska Housing, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Valley Performing Arts, Shannon Sanderson/Loving Radiance Boutique, Christina Seine, Margaret Outka, Laura Pinnick/Krafts with Kare, Linda Schwald/Clay Critters, Niki Knalton/Moon Sister Studio, Rebecca Clement, Brenda Bullock, Sandra Aldrich/Home Sweet Home, Savannah Hargraves/Alaska Etc., Jennifer Seutter/Midnight Sun Greeting Card, Job Corps, Mat-Su Health Foundation, United Way of Mat-Su, Alaska Attachment and Bonding Assoc., Wasilla Physical Therapy, Enstar, Links, Mead Johnson, Musk Ox Farm, Jan Greeno, Laura Rust, Erin Gette-Shields, and McDonalds.

Betsy Woodin
Family Support Specialist
Alaska Center for Resource Families
PO Box 876844, Wasilla AK 99687
907-376-4678, fax 376-4638
bwoodin@nwresource.org
www.acrf.org

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  47     March 27, 2008 - 9:06am | pinelli_jill

Best Buy Cares

I would like to thank the very generous people of Best Buy for their kind donation to a Chinook Elementary family in need. Thanks to Leigh Delgado and Jon Cornish of Best Buy for making it all possible. Your generous gifts were a wonderful gesture for a family that needed a little hope and optimism in their lives.

Sincerely Grateful,
Jill Pinelli
Third Grade Teacher
Chinook Elementary

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  46     March 26, 2008 - 2:58pm | vivianh

Alaska Mental Health Trust Awards $82,250 in Grants

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has awarded $82,250 in grants for 10 small projects around the state. The grants target a wide range of beneficiary programs that range from support for an alcohol prevention program for youth in rural Alaska to supplies for a clinic that serves the homeless.

The awardees include three rural and seven urban projects:
• Anchorage Alumni Group - $10,000 to establish a graduate mentorship/outreach program for participants and graduates of the Anchorage Wellness Courts.
• Camp Fire USA Alaska Council - $10,000 for an alcohol use prevention program directed at rural youth.
• Catholic Social Services - $24,000 of which $4,000 will provide transportation assistance for clients in several programs; $10,000 will purchase medical supplies for the Brother Francis Shelter Caring Clinic for the homeless; and $10,000 will fund therapeutic activities at the Charlie Elder House and McCauley Manor teen homes.
• Covenant Youth of Alaska - $3,250 for training and planning assistance.
• Fairbanks Resource Agency - $5,000 for a staff training program.
• Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living - $10,000 to develop an integrated safety and sobriety project in Fairbanks for the center’s shelter and transitional housing programs, for battered women with substance abuse problems.
• Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center - $10,000 for Klukwan heritage projects to create a canoe and a warrior totem to honor veterans in the Haines area.
• White Raven Center - $10,000 for a rural outreach project to serve at-risk clients with mental illness.

The Trust annually budgets $250,000 for new and innovative small projects that are a direct benefit to Trust beneficiaries. These beneficiaries include people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and traumatic head injuries that result in brain injury.

Grants are awarded three times a year, in March, July and November. The deadline for The Trust’s next cycle of grants is June l, 2008. Applications may be sent to The Trust at 3745 Community Park Loop, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99508. Details and an application form are available on The Trust’s Web site at www.mhtrust.org under “Small Projects Funding” or by calling Luke Lind at (907) 269-7999.

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  45     March 18, 2008 - 9:16am | MFBX

Anchorage South Rotary Donates Dictionaries

Anchorage South Rotary Club donated a dictionary to every third grader in the Anchorage School District this school year. The goal of the program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, and creative thinkers. The club feels that students cannot do their best work without a dictionary. The project is an opportunity for each child to expand their vocabulary and for many to actually own their own dictionary. The dictionary is for each child to keep to use at school and at home for years to come.
Jan Henderson, past club president, heard about the project and brought it to the club. The club voted to participate and Mike Ferris volunteered to head the project. Teams were formed and club members assigned to deliver the dictionaries. Club members found the deliveries to be a very rewarding experience and hope to continue the project every school year.

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  44     February 26, 2008 - 5:25pm | allisonknox

NERLAND PHILANTHROPY EXTENDS TO FUTURE HEART CENTER

Advertising Agency Owner Remains Committed to Fairbanks Community

Rick Nerland has announced a $10,000 donation to the Harry & Sally Porter Heart Center—a new state-of-the-art cardiology facility to break ground on the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Denali Campus in 2009—on behalf of the Nerland Agency Worldwide Partners.

“Each year, more than 400 members of the Fairbanks community are afflicted by heart problems. Nerland’s pledge helps kick off our $3 million capital campaign to build a heart center with the most advanced technology, a wider range of services, and the best physicians and staff for a heart-healthy community,” said Jeff Cook, president of The Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation, Inc.

The Heart Center is named for long-time Fairbanks resident Harry Porter, who 40 years ago helped found the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation, the non-profit community organization that owns the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Denali Center campus and funds all new facilities and equipment. The first phase to provide the Fairbanks community with a wide range of cardiology services was accomplished last year with the opening of the Cardiology Clinic and Cath Lab and addition of cardiologist Dr. Rick Latham.

“The Nerland Agency has had a long working relationship with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and my Uncle Ron Nerland was on the Hospital Foundation’s original fundraising committee formed in 1968 to build a community-owned hospital. It’s only fitting to contribute to the fundraising drive in a significant manner. It is important that we give to the growth of the Fairbanks area and its available health services,” said Rick Nerland, owner, president and CEO of the Nerland Agency Worldwide Partners.

Nerland follows a line of community-minded family members. His great-grandfather, Andrew Nerland, served as mayor of Fairbanks; his grandfather, Leslie Nerland, also served as mayor, on the city council, and helped write the state constitution; and his father, Jerry Nerland, served on the school board.

Today, the Nerland Agency and its staff remain extremely involved in the community through corporate memberships, civic volunteerism and one-on-one relationships. The agency also makes an annual commitment of pro bono project services to a local Alaska organization that needs resources and expertise in the marketing area—which adds up annually to $30,000 to $60,000 of staff time and talent.

The agency has received several awards for its pro bono work, including the National Society of Fund Raising Executives 2001 "Outstanding Small Business in Philanthropy Award,” the ARC of Anchorage 2002 "Donor of the Year,” and the "Small Business Employer Award" from the Child Care Connection for its family friendly policy in the workplace.

Based in Anchorage, the Nerland Agency Worldwide Partners is an advertising and public relations agency with more than 30 years of experience developing brand identity, enhancing corporate image, improving public awareness, and increasing sales.

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  43     January 28, 2008 - 11:27am | aknole

Wells Fargo Donates $1.6 Million to Alaska Nonprofits in 2007

In 2007, Wells Fargo contributed $1.6 million in cash to schools and nonprofit organizations throughout Alaska. More than 300 organizations received funding to serve the needs of local communities in the areas of social services, youth and education, arts and culture, civic events and economic development. Education is Wells Fargo’s top funding priority, representing more than 40 percent of the financial services company’s contributions.

In addition, Wells Fargo team members in Alaska volunteered more than 3,700 hours of their time to nonprofit organizations in 2007.

“Well Fargo is pleased to support Alaskan communities by giving back financially and as active community partners and leaders,” said Richard Strutz, Wells Fargo regional president for Alaska. “These charitable contributions are just one aspect of our community support efforts in Alaska. Our team members teach financial education through our Hands on Banking program, and they give their time, energy and financial expertise as community board members and volunteers for local nonprofit organizations.”

Major funding of $50,000 or more was provided to the following Alaska nonprofits in 2007: Iditarod Trail Committee, University of Alaska Fairbanks Rural Alaska Honors Institute, University of Alaska Anchorage-Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, Alaska Pacific University (Rural Alaska Native Adult Distance Education program), United Way and the Juneau Community Foundation for the new Wells Fargo Dimond Field House.

Other organizations that received substantial charitable contributions in 2007 are: Camp Fire USA, Central Peninsula Hospital, Kincaid Project Group, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North, Project Alaska (Barrow Football Field), Habitat for Humanity Anchorage, Anchorage Museum, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc., University of Alaska Business Scholarship, Alaska State Fair, Alaska Junior Theater, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, Alaska Federation of Natives, The Alaska Zoo, Anchorage Concert Association, Anchorage Symphony, Arctic Education Foundation, Catholic Social Services, Beans Café, Food Bank of Alaska, Ketchikan General Hospital Foundation and the YWCA of Anchorage.

For more information about Wells Fargo's Alaska Charitable Contributions program, visit https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/charitable/ak_guidelines or contact Stephanie Garrard at (907) 265-2844 or Stephanie.H.Garrard@wellsfargo.com.

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  42     January 20, 2008 - 4:36am | wildfirewoods

Abbott Loop Christian Center

I would like to take this time to thank the give and take at this church for helping me out. When my life got bad from going through verbal and physical abuse from my ex husband I came to your church. You all prayed for me and with me.

Thank you so much. You made me realize their are humans that really do care about you.

I was also going through depression over our son dying from leukemia. I was recovering from hip replacement surgery, and couldn't take the way I was treated anymore. So, I filed for divorce. Had no job, and no money.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Linda Fling

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  41     January 17, 2008 - 12:01pm | rinesc

BP Process Technology Scholarships

BP has awarded scholarships to 14 Alaskan students who are pursuing degrees in Process Technology at the University of Alaska.
Six full scholarships ($3,000 per semester) have been awarded. The following students are currently attending high school and will begin their studies at one of the three participating University of Alaska campuses in the fall of 2008:
•Benjamin Reaves – Soldotna
•Allison Turner – Homer
•Kyle Conner – Willow
•Tyler Cooper-Brown – Anchorage
•Kevin Tugruwfaimaw – Nuiqsut
The sixth full scholarship recipient, Shawn Davis of Fairbanks, is beginning a new career and is entering his first semester at Tanana Valley College in the spring of 2008.
Eight partial scholarships have been awarded to students currently enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science degree in Process Technology programs:
•University of Alaska Anchorage – Leona Holien, Alec Jemison, Greg Hough, Sean Milan
•Tanana Valley College – Kelsey Miller
•Kenai Peninsula College – Tyler Smith, Billy Fallon, Jason Hall, Owen Gaard
These scholarships bring to 56 the number awarded to Alaskans by BP since the Process Technology degree was put in place in January 2000 in Fairbanks, Kenai and Anchorage.
Process Technology is a key training program for those interested in working in the oil & gas and other process industries. BP has hired 67 graduates of the program since 2002, as well as providing 10 to 20 intern positions each summer since 2001.
The two-year Process Technology degree is designed to provide education and training that will enable individuals to obtain employment in the industries that use and control mechanical, physical, or chemical processes to produce a product. In Alaska, this includes the process industries of oil and gas production, chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, power generation and utilities, water and wastewater treatment, and seafood and other food processing.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Process Technology is coordinated by the University of Alaska system and delivered in Kenai, Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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  40     January 16, 2008 - 8:21am | mercer_toni

Holiday Gift from Lithia Dealerships

Many thanks to Lithia Hyundai and Lithia Dodge who both gave sizable donations to the Anchorage School District's Child in Transition Program. These donations went toward Christmas gifts to help make the holidays a wonderful time for our homeless students.

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  39     January 14, 2008 - 1:26pm | Laura_Willard

On behalf of Boy Scout Troop

On behalf of Boy Scout Troop 268, we would like to thank all those individuals who have supported the Christmas Tree Recycling program. The money we earn through the donations we get allows us Boy Scouts to go to camp. In addition, this program helps the environment by having new wood-chip trails and walkways.

Sincerely,

Kyle Willard
Patrol Leader of Troop 268

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  38     January 9, 2008 - 2:48pm | akjesster8

Seawolf alumni show strong support of UAA

Beginning in July 2006 the University of Alaska Anchorage posed an ongoing challenge to its alumni: Make a difference for your alma mater. With the help of the Rasmuson Foundation, alumni of UAA were challenged to make a philanthropic gift for the very first time as part of the Rasmuson Challenge to Alumni. Any new alumni gift or pledge of $1,000 to the University was matched by the Foundation, doubling its impact.

The Rasmuson Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Alaskans, generously awarded UAA a $100,000 challenge grant to support increased alumni giving. The Rasmuson Challenge to Alumni officially ended on December 31, 2007, meeting 100 percent of the $100,000 dollar-for-dollar match of eligible gifts. The net result was $200,000 of impact from the generosity of UAA alums. Alumni giving also exceeded that amount with an additional $7,925 in gifts. As a result of the campaign’s energetic response and great success, Chancellor Fran Ulmer has agreed to match the additional gifts through her discretionary University of Alaska Foundation account, thus providing impact to the program areas that UAA alums desire to support.

Gifts from this challenge grant have touched every corner of UAA, including all of UAA’s schools and colleges, 38 different departments, several extended campuses and at least 51 specific University of Alaska Foundation funds. The WWAMI Biomedical Program (Alaska’s Medical School) has received impressive support from its alumni, along with the College of Arts and Sciences, and the UAA Alumni Association.

“It’s exciting to see so many UAA alumni step up and show their support,” said Julia Martinez, UAA’s Annual Giving Manager. “The Rasmuson Foundation match opportunity allowed alumni to leverage their gifts and double their impact to the University. Philanthropy to UAA is growing, and our alumni are leading the way!”

For more information on the Rasmuson Challenge to Alumni, or giving to UAA, contact UAA’s Office of Development at (907) 786-4847 or visit http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/advancement/giving/.

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  37     January 9, 2008 - 12:59pm | aknole

Wells Fargo Alaska Community Support Campaign Raises $227,400

Wells Fargo team members from Barrow to Ketchikan donated more than $150,000 during the company’s annual Alaska Community Support/United Way fund raising campaign this fall. Wells Fargo Bank contributed an additional $76,600 for a total contribution of $227,400 to nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Seventy-four team members made leadership-level gifts of $500 or more, totaling more than $100,000 and representing 65 percent of team member contribution dollars.

Wells Fargo team members raised funds for local United Way agencies and other charities through silent auctions, casual days, luncheons and many other activities. Team members also volunteered with the American Red Cross during the United Way of Anchorage “Day of Caring”.

“Our team members once again stepped up to our community support challenge and exceeded our donation goal by more than $10,000,” said Richard Strutz, Wells Fargo regional president for Alaska. “The results of this campaign demonstrate our enduring commitment to give back to our fellow Alaskans in need.”

The Wells Fargo company-wide campaign was September 24 through October 19, 2007. Alaska team members made pledges online via an internal community support Web site and with paper pledge forms. All donations directed to eligible nonprofit accredited schools are matched dollar for dollar from $25 to $6,500 per team member per year by the Wells Fargo Educational Matching Gift Program.

Nationally, Wells Fargo team members contributed more than $28 million to nonprofit organizations during the Campaign—a seven percent increase over last year and six consecutive years of growth. The number of team members participating increased 13 percent, with more than 65,000 team members donating.

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  36     January 9, 2008 - 10:38am | stevenkdavis

Coca-Cola Classic Alpine Race Series is Big Success

My thanks to Bill Odom and the Odom Corporation , Alyeska Resort, and all the volunteers for their tremendous support of the 2007 Coca-Cola Alpine Ski Race Series held December 27-30 at Alyeska Resort. More than 60 athletes from as far away as the east coast participated in this year's event. Racers ranged in age from 11 to 25. Overall winners of the Open-Class winners were Kristina Repcinova and Maximillian Meir-Metinger , racing for UAA, and for the Development Class, KC Kent, Jacob Dahl and Zachary Halverson, representing the ASC. Congratulations to everyone!

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  35     November 26, 2007 - 4:05pm | tarastevensster

Alaska USA grangs help Fire Departments

After a successful year of working with the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Alaska USA Insurance Brokers generated close to $32,000 in grant funding that was directed to fire departments in Alaska. The funds are available through the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company as part of their “Heritage” Program.

Alaska USA Insurance Brokers directed $15,000 in Heritage Program grant funds to the Fairbanks Fire Department and $16,782 to the Ninilchik Fire Department. “It’s nice to be able to partner with Fireman’s Fund and give back to the communities where we both do business,” said Randy Pugh, President of Alaska USA Insurance Brokers.

Fairbanks Mayor Steve Thompson announced the grant money would be used to create and distribute new fire safety materials and to purchase a new, fully-enclosed trailer to house educational equipment.

Ninilchik Fire Chief Mike Chihuly stated that the Ninilchik Emergency Services will purchase a new, high-tech heart monitor/defibrillator with the grant award.

Alaska USA Insurance Brokers, a subsidiary of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, is one of the largest Fireman’s Fund carriers in the Pacific Northwest and the largest independent brokerage in Alaska. Insurance coverage is available for businesses and individuals, including commercial risk solutions and employee benefits, homeowners, auto, boat and life insurance.

For more information contact:
Nancy Bear Usera
Sr. Vice President of Corporate Development
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
(907) 786-2805
n.usera@alaskausa.org

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  34     November 21, 2007 - 4:55pm | vivianh

Mental Health Trust Awards $83,000 in Grants

The Alaska Mental Health Trust has awarded $83,000 in grants for 11 small projects around the state. The grants target a wide range of programs from purchase of specialized equipment for disabled youth to support for a statewide radio program about alcoholism recovery.

The awardees include:
• Alaska Community Mental Health Services - $10,000
• Catholic Social Services - $10,000
• Covenant House of Alaska - $10,000
• Genesis Recovery Services, Inc. - $10,000
• Intervention Helpline, Inc. - $8,000
• Peer Properties - $10,000
• Providence Valdez Behavioral Health - $3,309
• Special Education Service Agency - $9,769
• Tanana Chiefs Conference - $10,000
• Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. - $10,000
• Youth Advocates of Sitka, Inc. - $6,000

The Trust annual budgets $250,000 for new and innovative small projects that are a direct benefit to Trust beneficiaries. These beneficiaries include people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism or other substance abuse, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and traumatic head injuries that result in brain injury. The grants are awarded in February, July and November each year.

The deadline for The Trust’s next cycle of grants is Feb. l, 2008. Applications may be sent to The Trust at 3745 Community Park Loop, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99508. Details and an application form are available on The Trust’s Web site at www.mhtrust.org under “Small Projects Funding” or by calling Luke Lind at (907) 269-7999.

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  33     November 20, 2007 - 9:13am | sherridouglas

First Book thanks local book stores for upcoming benefits

First Book Anchorage cordially invites you to gift wrapping events at both Borders and Barnes & Noble. Volunteers will be available to wrap your Barnes & Noble or Borders purchases at the front of each store. All donations will go directly to First Book Anchorage. Please shop at these local businesses which support local literacy initiatives.

Borders Books and Music
1100 E. Dimond Avenue
Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 4 pm -9 pm
& Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 9am – 4 pm

Barnes & Noble Gift Wrapping Event
200 E. Northern Lights Blvd.
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007 3 pm -11 pm
& Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007 3 pm -11 pm

Throughout the month of December, Borders is accepting financial support for First Book. Just mention First Book when you make your purchase and the cashier will process your donation.

Throughout the holidays, Barnes & Noble will accept new book purchases to benefit local agencies working with children in need. First Book Anchorage is proud to be one of the recipients of these donations.

First Book distributes new books to children from low-income families, helping them build their own home libraries. First Book Anchorage was established in 2000 and has distributed over 45,000 new books to many local children through existing literacy programs. The First Book Anchorage Local Advisory Board is part of First Book’s national network of volunteer boards. For more information about First Book, visit the national website www.firstbook.org or call Sherri Douglas at 343-2840.

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  32     November 19, 2007 - 2:55pm | angiepodolak

MIR Parents, Inc. Wishes to Thank Auction Sponsors & Donors

MIR Parents, Inc., the non-profit organization established to promote and support the partial Russian Language Immersion Program at Turnagain Elementary, would like to thank those businesses who donated to our inaugural Fall Auction Gala. This event was held Nov. 10, 2007 at the historic Downtown Train Depot. Without the generosity of these businesses and individuals the event would not have been possible!

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to event sponsors:

Udelhoven Oilfield Systems Services, Inc.
Frontier Plumbing & Supply, Inc.
Anchorage Sand & Gravel Co., Inc.

And special thanks to the following donors:

Alaska Denali Winery
Alaska Dinner Factory
Alaska Leather
Alaska Railroad Corporation
Allure Day Spa and Hair Design
Anchorage Concert Association
Bear Tooth/Moose's Tooth
Bowles Family
Cecilia Blignaut/Feather Wing Creations
Champions Choice
Classic Toys
Denali Foods/Taco Bell
Dimond Skateland
Eckert Family
Excalibur Sports
GCI
Grace Vizzerra - Pampered Chef
Katie Sevigny
Keyboard Cache
Loretta Tibor
Metro Music & Books
Mr. Snips @ Panache/Jesse Lynch
Multisport Training of Alaska: Lisa Keller
Northern Forum
Over the Rainbow Toys
Percision Home Builders, Inc.
Rob & Jenn Recine
Ron Jordan/Alaska Moose Federation
Sixth Avenue Outfitters
Spenard Builders Supply
Steinway Piano Gallery
Sunshine Sports
Tatiana Lott
The Alaska Club
The Imaginarium
The Lighting Gallery
Transamerica Glass
University of Alaska Anchorage, Dept. of Athletics
Valerie Ekberg-Brown

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  31     November 15, 2007 - 10:40pm | rossie

Hatcher Pass grooming

The Eagle River Nordic Ski Club would like to send a special thanks to
the Palmer Wasilla Trails Association for the wonderful job they have
done in grooming the Hatcher Pass ski trails up to and around
Independence Mine. Ed and Mark Strabel have spent many hours over the
last few weeks grooming the trails to keep them in top-notch condition
for the many Anchorage, Eagle River, and Valley skiers who have been
taking advantage of the great early-season skiing there.

Today, hundreds of skiers, including several area teams, were skiing the
groomed trails at Independence Mine. The temperature was perfect, the
vistas awe-inspiring, and trails groomed for both skating and classic

To the groomers, State Park staff and others who work long hours so that
many of us can enjoy Hatcher Pass skiing, thank you!

Rosalyn Singleton
Eagle River Nordic Ski Board,

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  30     November 7, 2007 - 8:36pm | joannseethaler

Thank you to Kaladi Brothers Coffee Co.

Kaladi Brothers generously donated coffee service for the recent fundraiser held by RESULTS, an international organization dedicated to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. Kaladis has demonstrated their good will to a local organization as well as support for a great humanitarian cause. Thank you!

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  29     October 24, 2007 - 10:41am | LithiaMotors

Lithia Motors Donates Over $10K to The Spartan Brigade Memorial

Anchorage, AK. October 24, 2007 – Five Anchorage-area Lithia Motors dealerships have raised over $10,000 for the Spartan Brigade Memorial during the three-day Lithia Military Family Appreciation Sale. The new Spartan Brigade Memorial is being built to honor Soldiers from Fort Richardson’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq.

The Lithia Military Family Appreciation Sale was held from September 20-23 at the Sears Mall where Lithia Dodge of South Anchorage, Chevrolet of South Anchorage, Lithia Hyundai of Anchorage, Lithia Chrysler Jeep of Anchorage, and BMW of Anchorage each designated $100 from each pre-owned vehicle sold. Lithia collected $10,300 during the three-day offsite event.

Media, military, community leaders and residents at-large are encouraged to attend the Friday, October 26 ceremony at 3:00 pm (Alaskan Time Zone) at Chevrolet of South Anchorage where Dave Tullos, Multi-Store Manager for Lithia dealerships in Alaska, and Troy Jarvis, General Manager of Chevrolet of South Anchorage, will present CPT Clinton Holmes with a check for $10,300.

“These funds will help construct a memorial honoring the commitment and sacrifice of our servicemen and women,” said Sergeant Major Mark C. Imler, (4th Brigade Combat Team, Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major). “Great partnerships make great communities and we are extremely fortunate to have Lithia on our team.”

Robert Sacks, Lithia’s Director of Community Relations said, “We are proud of Alaska’s military personnel who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Their dedication and perseverance has been a great example for the entire community and inspired Lithia Motors to help make a difference. The Spartan Brigade Memorial is a clear signal that Anchorage does not forget our fallen heroes.”

The Spartan Brigade Memorial will be located at the home of the 4-25th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), Fort Richardson, Alaska. The memorial will consist of a brick walk way flanked on each side by three Alaskan Fir trees, representing the six battalions of the Spartan Brigade. The monument itself will be a black granite pyramid. One side will list the names of our fallen Spartan Heroes. The second side will be a brief history of the Spartan Brigade since its activation July 14, 2005. The final side will depict three ancient Spartan warriors standing upon a hill, guiding a single modern Spartan on their journey to the heavens.

Lithia Motors, Inc. is a Fortune 700 and Russell 2000 Company. Lithia sells 30 brands of new and all brands of used vehicles at 109 stores which are located in 46 markets within 15 states. Internet sales are centralized at www.Lithia.com, or through the recently launched www.L2.com. Lithia also sells used vehicles; arranges finance, warranty, and credit insurance contracts; and provides vehicle parts, maintenance, and repair services at all of its locations. Lithia retailed 109,648 new and used vehicles and had $3.17 billion in total revenue in 2006. Lithia is publicly traded (NYSE: LAD) and is available on the web at www.Lithia.com.
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Media Contacts:
Robert Sacks, Lithia Motors, rsacks@lithia.com, 541-770-7195
Anne Cable, Liebler!MacDonald, anne@liemac.com, 248-233-8059

Military Contact
CPT Clinton Holmes, clinton.a.holmes@us.army.mil, 907-350-5798

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  28     October 1, 2007 - 9:26am | hometown

Volunteers install signs to help park users

Volunteers completed the “You Are Here” sign post and kiosk installation Sept. 29 in Far North Bicentennial Park.
“Late in the evening while I’m out on the trails and it starts to get dark, I have encountered many lost trail users just trying to get back to their cars,” said Brian Looney, a member of the Far North Bicentennial Park Trail Advisory Committee. “I try and give directions, take a right a the tree, merge left at the big rock, but most times I end up walking or running with the lost hiker back to the parking lot where they left their car.”
Improving wayfinding on the intricate trail system within Far North Bicentennial Park is just one reason that the Trail Advisory Committee and Alaska Trails were the recipients of an Anchorage Park Foundation Challenge Grant to install 8 trailhead kiosks and 30 trail intersection sign posts in Far North Bicentennial Park. In addition the signs and kiosks identify trail type and distances, delineate boundaries between Municipal, State and Federal Land and they provide educational information regarding proper trail etiquette and multi-use trail encounters.
The Far North Bicentennial Park Trail Advisory Committee includes members from the following local trail organizations: Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, Alaskan Sled Dog and Racing Association, North American Skijoring and Ski Pulk Association, Arctic Orienting Club, Friends of Far North Bicentennial Park, Off-Leash Dog Exercise Users and Single Track Advocates.
For more information about this or the Challenge Grant program see: http://www.AnchorageParkFoundation.org/

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  27     September 19, 2007 - 8:45am | hometown

Lowe's and Cook Inlet Tribal Council assist families

Recognizing that preventable accidents are a national problem, the Lowe’s Heroes program has teamed up with Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) to tackle home safety projects free of charge to selected Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients in the Anchorage area.
More and more Alaska Native people are moving from remote communities to urban hubs in search of education and employment opportunities. Many come to Anchorage, home to half of Alaska’s total population, from small villages of only a few hundred people. Home safety in an urban environment is an issue of concern that Cook Inlet Tribal Council decided to tackle. LOWE’S partnered with CITC to educate and empower our Native community about home and fire safety to decrease the incidence of temporary or long-term home displacement due to preventable accidents.
Cook Inlet Tribal Council shares Lowe’s commitment to the safety and well-being of families—particularly in the areas of fire safety and general home safety. As Alaska’s largest provider of social services to the Alaska Native and American Indian community, CITC recognizes that preventable accidents are a nationwide problem. In May and June alone, Anchorage has had nine devastating residential fires:
· May 9, 2007: East-side apartment building fire,
· May 10, 2007: Motorhome and garage fire,
· May 11, 2007: Spenard multi-family condo fire,
· May 12, 2007: Hillside residential fire,
· May 20, 2007: Downtown four-plex fire,
· May 22, 2007: Government Hill duplex fire,
· May 31, 2007: Mountain View multi-residential home/four-plex fire,
· June 2, 2007: Spenard apartment building (under renovation) fire, and
· June 5, 2007: Downtown condominiums three-alarm fire.
· Additionally, on May 10, 2007, an Anchorage teenager tragically died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a home without a carbon monoxide detector.

CITC administers the Anchorage area Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) Program, serving between 500 and 700 low-income participants a month. The TANF participants strive to find meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities and receive assistance developing their job skills to provide for their families. CITC’s collaboration with Lowe’s Heroes will provide selected TANF families with basic home safety equipment, preventing possible tragic accidents among families who may not otherwise have the resources to install precautionary safety equipment in their homes.
Lowe’s believes community involvement extends beyond the boundaries of the traditional retail setting. Whether it's helping with natural disaster recovery or taking an active role in programs that make our neighborhoods better places to live, Lowe’s Heroes help neighbors through alliances with well-respected organizations.
Lowe’s Heroes are employee volunteers working with local non-profit organizations to improve their communities. In 2006, thousands of employees from nearly 1,000 stores participated in this nationwide program, providing home safety information, renovating Boys & Girls Clubs, creating unique learning spaces and peaceful gardens, as just a few examples.
Important home safety materials that will be provided in this collaborative effort include: smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, replacement batteries, fire extinguishers, outlet plugs, home safety kits, flashlights, and nightlights.

Together, Lowe’s Heroes and Cook Inlet Tribal Council are making a difference in the safety and well-being of our community’s families.

For more information, contact the COOK INLET TRIBAL COUNCIL, INC., 3600 San Jeronimo Drive, Suite 400, Anchorage, Alaska 99508; 793-3409; www.citci.org.

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  26     August 7, 2007 - 11:09am | uaa_advancement

UAA's BHRS awarded $2.96M grant

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently awarded UAA’s Behavioral Health Research and Services (BHRS) $2.96 million over five years to conduct a research project titled, “HIV, Drugs and Prisoners: Barriers to Epidemiologic and Intervention Research.” The award, a Research Project Grant (RO1), is one of the most prestigious grants that can be awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

UAA’s Dr. Gloria Eldridge and Dr. Mark Johnson will implement this large, national investigation with collaborators from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Alabama Birmingham, George Washington University and Centerforce, a prisoner advocacy organization. With 80 to 95 percent of prisoners having drug abuse histories and with HIV/AIDS rates in prisons three times higher than in the general population, correctional systems represent an important avenue for research to stem the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Through this grant, Drs. Eldridge and Johnson will explore the ethical challenges of conducting HIV research in correctional settings. Research with prisoners, especially those with added vulnerabilities of substance use and/or HIV/AIDS, poses complex ethical challenges and responsibilities because prisoners are considered a vulnerable population.

As part of the research, BHRS staff and faculty will interview and survey national researchers, prison administrators, prisoner advocates, research ethicists and members of Institutional Review Boards from across the United States. It is expected that the project will result in an increased understanding of the ethical challenges and solutions in HIV/AIDS research with prisoners and will reduce barriers to much needed epidemiologic and intervention research in correctional settings.

UAA’s BHRS is a group of researchers, providers and educators that is dedicated to the behavioral and physical health of all members of the community. It provides a variety of services that are helpful to care providers, administrators and policy makers in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, physical health and criminal justice.

For more information on BHRS and this research project, please contact Drs. Gloria Eldridge and Mark Johnson at (907) 561-2880 or visit http://bhrs.uaa.alaska.edu.

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  25     August 2, 2007 - 1:45pm | janesauer

ADN Helps Roller Skiers

After finding themselves without a course for their team sprint roller ski race to be held this past Saturday, the organizers of this summer’s Parks & Rec Roller Ski Race Series contacted the Anchorage Daily News to ask if we could hold the race in its freshly paved parking lot. While allowing this to happen meant only inconvenience and extra work for ADN, without any apparent benefit to them, our group received nothing but cooperation and respect from all ADN personnel, including the publisher, facilities manager, and shipping and security crew. Rather than taking the attitude of why our idea wouldn’t work, they helped us figure out how to make our race happen without interrupting their business operations. The 60 athletes that raced and their friends and families who watched this exciting event appreciate the generosity and community-minded spirit extended to us. Thank you ADN!

Jane Sauer
Alaska Winter Stars - Parent Volunteer

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  24     July 31, 2007 - 12:41pm | kmacknicki

Tesoro helps Older Alaskans Program

Tesoro is giving $2,500 in gasoline fuel cards to the Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program to show its continued support of the program’s daily delivery of hot and frozen meals to Anchorage’s homebound seniors. The Salvation Army Older Alaskans Program has four and a half delivery routes serving 300 people and averaging 60 miles per day, five days a week. The program currently has 32 seniors still on the waiting list to receive home-delivered meals.

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  23     July 12, 2007 - 6:40am | uaa_advancement

UAA's TRiO Upward Bound awarded $1 million grant

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) TRiO Upward Bound program received a new grant for $1 million. The program will receive $250,000 per year for four years to continue providing its services to 60 first-generation low-income high school students at three local schools – Bartlett High School, East High School and West High School.

Upward Bound is a U.S. Department of Education Title IV grant program designed to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

The Upward Bound program provides after school tutoring and Saturday instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school. Participants also receive information about college admission requirements, scholarships and various financial aid programs. Each summer, Upward Bound students attend a rigorous six-week academic summer program on the UAA campus. The Upward Bound program is extremely successful with 100 percent of Upward Bound seniors earning their high school diplomas, and more than 90 percent of these students currently enrolled in post-secondary education.

For more information on the program, contact Helen Trainor, director of the TRiO programs, at 274-5522 or visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/trio.

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  22     July 12, 2007 - 6:35am | uaa_advancement

The Atwood Estate donates Atwood Family Papers to UAA

Ed Rasmuson, personal representative for the Atwood Estate, recently arranged for the donation of the Atwood Family Papers to the UAA/APU Consortium Library. Through letters, business documents, diaries, photos and more, the Atwood Family Papers will offer the community a glimpse into the business and personal lives of the distinguished family, and also the growth of Anchorage.

The Atwood family has been extremely influential in the development of Alaska’s social, economic and civic life. Over a period of almost 70 years, Bob Atwood his wife Evangeline Rasmuson Atwood and their daughters Marilyn and Elaine, made change and progress a part of their lives. Their efforts and leadership inspired visions of greatness and hope among those who were part of Alaska in territorial days and in the years that followed after statehood became a reality.

Accompanying the papers is a $109,000 gift, also from the Atwood Estate, that will be used to pay for the processing of the collection, production of a research guide and the creation of a commemorative Web site highlighting the family’s legacy in Alaska. “It’s quite rare that we receive any funding with archival donations,” said Steve Rollins, Dean of the UAA/APU Consortium Library. “The $109,000 is the largest donation that UAA has ever received with any collection.”

The UAA/APU Consortium Library will soon welcome 200 boxes of documents to be processed and archived – a great addition to its 1,000 archival collections. Existing library collections include the papers of Jack Roderick, Arliss Sturgulewski and former Governor Walter Hickel.

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  21     July 11, 2007 - 2:33pm | kmacknicki

Wasilla Rotary awards scholarships

In May 2007 The Wasilla Rotary Club offered six $2,000 scholarships to Mat-Su Borough graduating high school seniors planning to attend college, university or vocational school. All graduating seniors from public, private, correspondence, home school were eligible for four Community Service Scholarships, and Wasilla High School seniors were eligible for two Curtis C. Menard II Scholarships for Outstanding Leadership. Congratulations and best wishes to these exceptional students!
The Community Service Scholarship recipients are:
· Alisha Bachelder, Palmer High School
· Lindsey Raven Miller, Wasilla High School
· Mariah Kincaid, Palmer High School
· Megan Ostermick, Su Valley High School
The Curtis C. Menard II Scholarship recipients are:
· Britta Hanson, Wasilla High School
· Kristal Leonard, Wasilla High School
Student applications were evaluated based on criteria such as outstanding leadership skills, strong commitment to public service, high academic achievement and participation in extra-curricular activities.
The Wasilla Rotary Club is a local service organization affiliated with Rotary International. The motto of Rotary is “Service above self.” Wasilla Rotary meets weekly from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Evangelo’s Restaurant in Wasilla.

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  20     July 1, 2007 - 10:38am | cheries

Businesses and residents help Little Campbell Creek fish

The Anchorage Waterways Council would like to thank the following businesses who donated personnel, equipment, and services to our recent Little Campbell Creek Fish Alcove project at 68th and Meadow: Criterion General, B.C. Excavating, NC Machinery, Alaska Trailblazing, Anchorage Sand and Gravel, Restoration Science and Engineering, Nefzger Consulting, USKH, OilRisk Consultants, Hemlock Scientific, and Polar Supply. And, a big thanks to all the citizen and Tree-Rific volunteers who helped with the planting after the project was completed. These generous contributions add significantly to our city and its wonderful waterways.

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  19     June 25, 2007 - 1:43pm | kmacknicki

Taco Bell and DeeDee Jonrowe team up to help cancer center

Alaska-area Taco Bell® restaurants with the help of renowned Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe sponsored a “Brady Cards” fundraiser this spring benefiting the new Providence Cancer Center. All proceeds from the sale of “Brady Cards” went directly to the Providence Cancer Center. Brady was DeeDee Jonrowe’s lead dog in the 2007 Iditarod race. 13 Alaska-area restaurants offered paper dog icons for a donation of one dollar or more and raised $11,199.
DeeDee Jonrowe is a top female dog musher. During her career she has won almost every major dog sledding race in the world and has won numerous humanitarian awards for dog care and sportsmanship. DeeDee Jonrowe’s battle with Breast Cancer which began in 2002 has inspired her to become a fundraiser for cancer research. She is the 2007 Spokesperson for the new Providence Cancer Center. Providence Alaska Medical Center is committed to bringing the best care to all Alaskans- as close to home as possible. Drawing on the best practices from leading cancer institutions worldwide they’re building a comprehensive new cancer center founded in the Providence spirit of care and compassion.
“Giving back to our local community is central to our culture at Taco Bell,” said Dale
Martens, president of Denali Foods who owns and operates 13 Taco Bell stores in Alaska. “We’re proud to support such a worthy cause, and plan to continue our partnership with DeeDee Jonrowe and the Providence Cancer Center in the future.”
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain serving tacos, burritos, signature Quesadillas, Border Bowls®, nachos and other specialty items. Taco Bell serves more than 35 million consumers each week in more than 6,500 restaurants in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.tacobell.com.

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  18     June 18, 2007 - 1:37pm | coistad

RIM Volunteers Design Services for Kids at Elmendorf Hospital

RIM Architects and RIM Design recently donated design services to benefit the Pediatric Clinic at Elmendorf Hospital.

The Pediatric Clinic at Elmendorf Hospital solicited Elmendorf AFB and Fort Richardson personnel and military family members to "Adopt-an-Exam Room" with the goal of transforming the plain exam rooms into a brighter, friendlier environment for the families visiting the Pediatric Clinic. A dedicated team of 10-12 of RIM's employees worked during their lunch hour and after hours to design an exam room. They chose a classic theme based on the popular children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Through the use of paint, plywood, tissue paper, vinyl lettering, they successfully brought the story to life.

Staff Sergeant Korrin Leonard noted, “We were really excited that RIM got involved. We were anxious to see their design and were very pleased with the final product! It was an honor to work with such a professional team. Not only were they dedicated to our project, they showed how much they truly cared about the health and well being of our military families.”

Elmendorf Hospital also asked RIM Architects and RIM Design to provide a design to help their visually busy waiting area for the Pediatric Clinic. Challenged with not being allowed to replace the carpet or the furniture, a creative and cost-effective design solution was delivered and is currently under construction. All design services were donated.

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