Thank you letters for Jan. 19, 2020

Thank you letters for Jan. 19, 2020

Thank you, merci, danke.

Thank you, Juneau, for making food drive a success

The Grateful Dogs of Juneau 10th Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive was a success.

1,163 pounds of dog and cat food were collected during the drive.

Thanks to the community of Juneau and the many local businesses that supported the pet food drive. We appreciate the generosity of the Juneau public and their continuous giving making our pet food drive successful.

Grateful Dogs wants to especially thank the local businesses that participated in this year’s pet food drive: Foodland IGA, Rainbow Foods, Pet Nanny’s Place, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center, Tongass Veterinary Services, Juneau Veterinary Hospital, Super Bear IGA, and Canines Unlimited.

Special thanks are extended to Dick Hofmann, Monika Kunat and Deborah Behr, for their support of the pet food drive, and to Pam Nelson and Vicky McLaughlin for organizing the pet food drive for Grateful Dogs.

All donations received during the pet food drive benefit the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, local food pantries and their clients.

George Utermohle,

Board Member, Grateful Dogs of Juneau

Thank you, Coeur Alaska

The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium wish to thank Coeur Alaska for its generous grant of $25,000.

Due to your generosity, and other grants and donations, we have completed the purchase a new and fully functional Digital Projection System made by Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. of Bremerton, Washington.

The board is happy to purchase a high quality system with the features we wished for. Its great to be able to spend less time fundraising and more on creating programming.

The system was assembled and we have started the process of learning to use it. We are excited to have this powerful new tool as we continue offering free astronomy education to the public, school classes and community groups.

Rosemary Walling stands next to the new digital projector at Marie Drake Planetarium in this Dec. 22, 2019 photo. (Courtesy photo | Steve Kocsis)

Rosemary Walling stands next to the new digital projector at Marie Drake Planetarium in this Dec. 22, 2019 photo. (Courtesy photo | Steve Kocsis)

We are aiming for a grand opening in February 2020. The board are currently learning to use the new system

2020 will be a great year. We look forward to improving our astronomy education for people of all ages and levels of astronomy knowledge. This supports Coeur’s goal of supporting math and science education.

We are still researching the capability for incorporating and exploring high-resolution landscape data for Southeast Alaska will be of interest for geographical and environment applications.

Cristina Della Rosa,

President, Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium

Holiday Village testament to giving spirit

I remember the first time I brought my kids to the Juneau Holiday Village. We were dazzled by the array of tiny, sparkling neighborhoods, each with a different theme. We used the photo booth to take goofy pictures that I still treasure. We rode the trolley and drank hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows. It was magical.

When we first stumbled on it, I didn’t realize that the holiday village was an all-volunteer effort, or that the proceeds go to support local nonprofits. This year, they donated almost $1,400 to AWARE! They made similar donations to the Glory Hole, the Southeast AK Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and Shop with a Cop. That spirit of community, charity and goodwill makes it that much more beautiful.

AWARE is an organization working to end gender-based violence and child abuse. While such violence which is 100% preventable, we know we can’t do it alone. We are so grateful to live in a community where individuals and businesses share their time, resources, and creativity to help support their neighbors.

Thank you to Sam, Tamala, the Alaska Shirt Company, and all the businesses who participated this year! The Holiday Village is truly an inspiration and a joy!

Danielle Redmond,

Communications Coordinator, AWARE

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