Bandwagon for 2006 Arctic Winter Games continues to roll

Posted: Tuesday, January 13, 2004

The latest sponsors to pony up checks for $100,000 toward the 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) to be hosted on the Kenai Peninsula are Aspen Hotels and Wells Fargo Bank.

"We are really excited to be a partner on a statewide level of the Arctic Winter Games not just the Soldotna Hotel, as this is the host site of all Alaska for these popular international games," said Carol Fraser, Vice President of Aspen Hotels. Fraser and her Hotel managers from throughout Alaska attended Tuesday's Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting last week and presented the check to Arctic Winter Games Host Society President Dale Bagley, Manager Loren Smith, and Fund Raising Chairman Bill Popp.

That evening at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting it was Wells Fargo turn to bring to step up with a $100,000 check for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations like the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games that are working to strengthen our communities. We share the common goals of promoting volunteerism and ethnic diversity through cultural exchanges like those that will take place during the 2006 Games. This contribution is an investment in the future of Alaska's communities and youth and will leave a lasting legacy long after the 2006 Games are concluded," said Kathy Gensel, Vice President and Store Manager for Wells Fargo in Soldotna and Kenai. Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Board President of the AWG Host Society who received the check along with AWG Manager Loren Smith and Fund Raising Chairman Bill Popp said, "Wells Fargo and its employees are leaders in helping develop great community projects like the Arctic Winter Games. Thanks to Wells Fargo and Aspen Hotels the 2006 Arctic Winter Games are now $200,000 closer to being the best games in history."

In March 2006 the AWG will include venues throughout the Kenai Peninsula and is expected to attract between 6,000 and 8,000 spectators. The budget for the 2006 event, including the two years of planning and development efforts leading up to the Games is projected at $5.3 million dollars cash and in-kind contributions.

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