Thank you letters for Sept. 8, 2019

Thank you, Merci, Danke.

Thank you for helping us beat the odds

Cancer Connection’s 28th Annual “Beat The Odds- A race against cancer” was held Aug. 24. Our largest fundraiser of the year was a huge success thanks to many volunteers, participants and donors. Funds stay in Southeast Alaska supporting those who deal with cancer and their families through travel assistance, support groups, and education and awareness events with the intention of early detection and cancer prevention.

Our Sponsors: Aetna, Alaska Airlines, Alaskan Outdoor Wearhouse & Embroidery, Anchor Electric/Bill Shattenberg, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Baxter Bruce & Sullivan, Colleen Torrence, LPC, Elgee Rehfeld, Fox River, KATH-TV, Juneau Obstetrics & Gynecology, Juneau Radio Center, Let Every Woman Know, McDonald’s, Nugget Alaskan Outfitters-NAO, Printing Trade Co, RE/MAX of Juneau, Solorad, LLC, Southeast Radiation Oncology Center, Super Bear/Foodland IGA, Tish’s Wishes, Valley Medical Care, Valley Paint Center, & Wells Fargo. Our Supporters: AK Commercial Contractors, The Alaska Club, Bartlett Hospital Foundation, The Grind Coffee Co., Foggy Mountain, Pavitt Health & Fitness, Simpson, Tillinghast, & Lorensen, P.C., Southeast Medical Clinic, Southeast Radiology Consultants and United Way.

Door Prizes: Alaska Airlines, AK Fudge Co., The Alaska Club, Annie Kaill’s, Art Matters, Colleen Torrence LPC, Columbia Sportswear, Eaglecrest Ski Area, El Sombrero, Foggy Mountain, Heritage Coffee, Juneau Artists Gallery/Christine Kleinhenz, Mark Kelley Photography, NAO, Norwex/Kym Mauseth, Papa John’s, Pavitt Health & Fitness, Roy’s Custom Embroidery, Safeway, Shoefly, & Fox River & Wigwam who donated socks for everyone.

We thank Elgee Rehfeld (April Conway, Berkleigh Brauer, Bob Rehfeld, Jill Smith, Karen Rehfeld, Karen Tarver, Mark Mesdag, Tracey Morrison, William Paneak), the race day registration team; Cathy Tide and the race timers (Alicia Miller, April Rezendez, Dan Robinson, Jennifer Watson, Jenna Wiersma, Jim Grammel, Megan Buzby, Millie, Shawn Miller, & Sherry Tamone); the pre-registration team (Brooke Gunstrom, Charlene Morrison, Deb Rodriquez, Jamie Master, Kelley Gottschlich, Kelsey Hogins, Laura Coleman, Nancy Kniivila, Skyler Davis); Ruth Banaszak – our guest speaker; Cancer Connection Board (Ruth Johnson, Kym Mauseth, Mark Mickelson, Emily Ricci, Julie Hamilton, Cathy Jeans, Eileen Hosey, Tish Satre, Chris Urata); J.P. Oudekerk from Super Bear who donated food/drink items for all; Tyler Rental for use of a generator: Mindy Shaw for a donation; Cecille Saceda who offered Zumba; extra hands (Steve Johnson, Charlie Williams, Steve Ricci, Jody Schmitz, Sarah DeLong, Laurie Lien, Charmaine Weeks) and many who stepped in where help was needed. Thank you!

Julie DeLong,

Cancer Connection


Birth Center Fun Run and Raffle Thank You

The Jan Rutherdale Memorial Fun Run/Walk on Labor Day Weekend was a great success. Jan was there in spirit to cheer the 42 registered participants on, and thanks to them, we raised over $700 for the Birth Center’s Donated Healthcare Fund. Brandon Ivanowicz was first in on the 5.4 mile run and 10-year-old Isaiah was the first in the pack of one mile runners. This was a Nugget Alaskan Outfitter Cup race, so times will be posted on the Juneau Trail and Road Runners website soon. The Birth Center thanks the board and staff who volunteered to support this event, Costco for donations that supplied the post-race snack table, the Juneau Trail and Road Runners group, for making the race gear available, and Paul DeSloover for his patience and technical assistance.

At the conclusion of the run, the winners of the Birth Center’s raffle were announced. The $500 cash prize went to Monica Ritter, Roger Calloway won a two night stay in the Yukon Bed and Breakfast, and the roundtrip tickets for two on Alaska Seaplanes went to Quinn Tracy. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets to support the Birth Center’s Donated Healthcare Fund, with special thanks to prize donors Alaska Seaplanes, Yukon Bed and Breakfast, and Bob Bartholomew and Kaye Kanne.

Madi Nolan Grimes,

Executive Director of Juneau Family Birth Center


The Juneau Community Garden Association’ celebrated their 27th Annual Harvest Fair Aug. 24. The fair was a success due to the efforts and generosity of so many people. We need to thank Jeff Jemison of the ADFG Hunter Education Shooting Complex, and Jerry Godkin of the Juneau Gun Club for the use of their parking lots, Super Bear IGA for the generous donation of hotdogs and buns, and to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation for their guidance. We also thank KTOO and KINY for helping to publicize the event.

Produce and flowers were exhibited at the fair and ribbons awarded by the team of expert judges: Ed Buyarski, Lead Judge; Danielle Brown-Farrell; Janis Burns Buyarski; Jenny Fremlin, Douglas Community Gardens; Sylvia Geraghty; Nan Mundy; Joe Orsi; Darren Snyder, Cooperative Extension Service; and Terry Toon. Well done, folks.

We also extend our thanks to the talented guest folk musicians, Greg Burger, Tom Paul, Henry Hopkins, Lis and Leif Saya, Tony Yorba, Chris Meade, Carl Schrader, Dale Wygant, and Gerry Fiscus, who provided a festive atmosphere for our gathering.

The Farmers’ Market, food sales and exhibit of produce and flowers are made possible through the efforts of JCGA members who contributed produce and baked goods for purchase. Volunteer garden members worked many hours before and during the Fsir to make sure it all ran smoothly, including parking, activities for kids, set up and cleanup. Thanks to all for your dedication to our community garden.

Alan Davis,

JCGA Event Coordinator

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