Thank yous for the week of Aug.21.

Thank you, merci, danke, gracias, gunalchéesh.

Thank you, Juneau

On Aug. 6, a fundraiser was held to support the Kalei Wery family. The patriarch of the Wery ohana, Kalei Wery, was injured on Jan. 6 when fell off of a ladder while preparing the family home for a winter storm. For those of you that don’t know Kalei, he owns the Mele Kalikimaka lights house on Riverside Drive across from Rotary Park. Due to quick responses from family and neighbors, Kalei was able to get prompt medical attention at Bartlett. After a PET and CT scan in Juneau, it was determined he had multiple fractures to his chest and spine and his head showed a skull fracture and bleeding. The severity of the head injury required him to be medivaced to a level 1 trauma center in Seattle, where he spent the first few weeks. He is now in longterm care, making progress each day.

Kalei hails from the Big Island of Hawaii but has made Juneau his home for over 30 years. He raised three remarkable children here. He has taught ukulele to many, both young and old. He supports the local hula group by accompanying them at performances. In other words, he is a very giving human being!

The fundraiser was a huge success because of the tremendous effort of many Juneauites. As usual, when one of our community members need help, Juneau steps up and this event was a shining example of that.

Huge thank you goes out to the the Breeze-In for their incredible generosity. Without their unwavering support, the success would not have been achievable. We also want to thank, Superbear, Safeway, The Rookery, V’s Cellar Door, St. Paul’s Church, Nick Zapata of Adobo Pinoy Kitchen, Hui Hula O’Manoa, Steve Iha, Brian Van Kerk and George Schaaf of CBJ.

We so much appreciate you Juneau as does the Kalei ohana!

Mahalo nui loa!

Tonia Kramp and Elsa Demeksa.


Thank you, Taku Fisheries

The Juneau Raptor Center is again very grateful to Taku Fisheries for this year’s donation of pink salmon for our eagles. Their donation ensures our eagles get their preferred food. Many thanks to everyone at Taku Fisheries.

Dale Cotton, President

Juneau Raptor Center

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