The Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (KPBA) hosted their 7th Annual Wine Tasting event “Night Time in Napa” at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center March 23rd. The purpose of the gala event is to benefit the Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, “Shelby was a longtime KPBA member who was a great supporter of our scholarship program. Unfortunately she passed away in 2001 when serving as our KPBA president,” said Penny Furnish, one of the committee chairs. According to current KPBA board president Jake Denbrock the purpose of the scholarships is to assist those interested in pursuing careers in the building trades, “KPBA is a group of like minded business people who have been together for more than 30 years and we raise scholarship funds for those interested in getting into the building trades and will be getting their training and education in the State of Alaska. We will be awarding a minimum of four $1000 scholarships this year. The program has been expanded to include applicants 21 years of age and younger to target those young people in our community who may not know what their future plans are when they are high school age. The program also welcomes current high school graduates, or those who have earned a GED and are pursuing a building related career and attending trade school, university or community college within the state of Alaska,” explained Denbrock.
Denbrock also reminded everyone that the 33rd Annual Home Show “Building Excitement,” is coming up April 27th & 28th at the Soldotna Sports Center and KPBA will be raffling a new garden shed, “Proceeds will also benefit the KPBA scholarship fund. The building was built by KPBA volunteers with materials donated by KPBA members and currently is on display at Stewart Tile across from Sweeney’s on the Kenai Spur Hwy in Soldotna. During the show it will be moved to the show by SBS Soldotna, tickets are only $5 each or 5 for $20 the winning ticket will be drawn at the close of the show on Sunday, April 28,” he said.
“It was a great night and I want to thank our sponsors: Chris Druesedow Team Keller Williams Realty; Stewart Title of the Kenai Peninsula; Davis Block; Central Alaska Engineering Company; Alaska Steel Co; Mike Winegarden; Residential Mortgage, First American Title; Kelly Keating-Griebel, Freedom Realty/Century 21; First National Bank Alaska; Spenard Builders Supply; Rain Proof Roofing. A huge thank you to Alaska Cab; Vagabond Inn; K&L Distributors; Kenai Catering and my fellow committee members my co-chair Jeff Twait; members Stacy Warton; Regina Daniels; Nichole Smith; Sheila Lomboy and Mike Winegarden, it took a great team to make a great event,” said Penny Furnish. To apply for KPBA scholarships or for more information about the Home Show call the Kenai Peninsula Builders Assoc. at 283-8071, the deadline for scholarship applications is May 1.