• My good friends from Juneau, Joanne and Bob Bloom, sent me a copy of the Empire with the picture of myself and the statue of William Seward in the background, taken at the unveiling on July 3, 2017. I hadn’t seen it yet.
I am feeling so much gratitude to the paper, to the committee that chose my sister and I, to the Seward descendants who traveled great distances to attend, to former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, U.S. Rep. Don Young, former Juneau Mayor Ken Koelsch, University of Alaska Anchorage professor Stephen Haycox and to all the citizens of Juneau who attended the ceremony.
My sister Judy was an equal partner in this monumental effort and I couldn’t have done it without her. She is an incredible artist.
I forgot to acknowledge someone very important to me and my family when the chance to do so was given at the ceremony at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum: my son-in-law Brian Wallin.
Juneau, I hope you are happy with our work. On behalf of Judy and I, thank you.
• Love INC would like to thank Randy Stonehill and his wife Leslie for an amazing fundraising concert at Chapel by the Lake on May 7. Special thanks for Jacquie Martin for letting us know Randy was performing in Anchorage, and helping to arrange Randy and Leslie coming to Juneau.
Thanks to Chapel By The Lake Pastors Rich and Annie Zimmerman for hosting the event — a wonderful time of worship, praise, creative music and fun.
Thanks to the Juneau Empire, Bandsintown, KTOO and Problem Corner for advertising the concert. Thanks to everyone who came and shared the experience with us, and to those who gave to support Love INC.
Thanks to our Love INC volunteers, who made everything go smoothly: Andy Mills for creating the concert poster, Charlie Jones of Printing Trade Company for printing copies and to Kari Huffman and Jacquie Martin for distributing the posters to various locations around town.
Thanks to Paul Zahasky of the Alaska String Band for working the sound system and to Adam Obert for providing the stage lighting.
Thanks to Debbie Douglas for serving as photographer and capturing several hundred memorable images. Thank you to Michelle Strickler and Jacquie Martin for providing transportation for Randy and Leslie.
Thanks to Becky Clark for serving as video tech, to Brian Sylvester (lead) and Bruce Bowler for providing security, to Gail Thibodeau and Owen Jones (tickets/ushers) and to Bill Clutton (lead) and Kris Cole (ushers).
Thanks to Doug White (lead), Dominic Hoy and Adrienne Audet for managing the parking lot and to hospitality (cookie bakers): Susan Clutton, Kari Huffman, Karen Parker, Carol Taylor.
Thanks to Love INC staff and Board of Directors: Clearinghouse Coordinator Karen Parker and board member Starla Miller worked at the information table. Accountant Bruce Grimes helped with security. Program coordinator Marilyn Loney was in charge of coordinating this very successful event.
Special thanks to the Benito and Frances C. Gaguine Foundation for providing matching funds for the concert proceeds, which was a little over $3,000.
Thank you Juneau for helping us help others.
Executive Director, Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) Juneau