Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

MS group expresses thanks for successful 2001 walk

The Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group of Soldotna and Kenai would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the following organizations, businesses and individuals that helped to make it another successful year. Additionally, we would also like to extend our warm appreciation to the residents and businesses of the Kenai Peninsula as well as those from Anchorage and Washington state for doing business here, who outdid themselves in helping to make MS Walk 2001 a success. Your generosity gives us encouragement and hope for another year. Thank you:

Central Peninsula General Hospital, Peninsula Clarion, Annette Meyers, Laryfred Staats, Brenda Randall (Anchorage MS Office), Jill Erickson (Alaska Physical Therapy), Gary Hale (fire marshal), Karlene Muller (acupuncture and day spa), Chuck Thornton (Peninsula Grace Brethren Church), Taco Bell, Arby's, McDonald's, Pizza Pete's, Subway, Godfather's Pizza, Fred Meyer, Mecca Jones, Marcella Bremond, Char O'Guinn, John Smallwood, GNC, Antiques & Things, Teriyaki Express, Dos Eagles, Annette Beck, Lorelee Davis, Lorranceine Batson, Diane Hahn, Tammi Lamb, Melinda Hershberger, Margo Reilly, Carol Kier, Jimmie English, Dwight Locke, Sue and Jim Nelson (Papa Murphy's), Karrie Olender, David Quelland, Ron Miller, Maurissa Magen, Cherri Welborn, Carol Boehmler, Dale Allen Plate, Lisa Dehlbom, Doug Marshall, Cross Timbers, Inlet Drilling, FSA, Linda and Tom Houglum, Jacob Peterson, Maggie Peterson, Sherry Evans, Debbie Bird, Dot Pacholski, Jane and David Stein, Corie Spruill, Susan Loshbaugh, Jan Kirstine, Carla Gregg, Vonda Hagood and Linda Athons.

Barb Ann Johnson

MS Self-Help Group Facilitator

Community's generosity makes 'Holiday Kindness Project' possible

Once again the "Holiday Kindness Project" at Redoubt Elementary was a great success. Each year the PTA at Redoubt sponsors this program. The program helps families at our school that may need a little extra help during the holiday season. Each child in each family was provided with a new outfit, socks, toy and toothbrush. Each family also received a box of candy, fruit basket, turkey and the fixings for a holiday meal. This year we helped 19 families which included more than 40 children.

This program would not be possible without the generosity and support of our community, PTA, parents, students and staff at Redoubt Elementary. I would like to thank Helen Aye, Ruthann Truesdell and Elena Horton, our school secretary, for helping me organize the project this year and our school principal, Mr. Meacham, for delivering the packages.

I would also like to thank the people who donated money and turkeys, and those who adopted children and shopped for them. In some cases, people adopted two children.

Thanks to the following people for their kindness: Sean and Lynn Dusek, John and Patty Dombovy, Ruth and Jay Davis, Carrie Henson, Corbi Aaronson, Heather Belden, Tammy Goggia, Brian and Anne Bixby, Roger and Rica Phillips, Steven and Sylvia Shelton, Jennifer Harvey, Richard and Lilly Vinzant, Britt Praker, Helen Aye, Carrie Bilstad, Barb Massagee, Mary Helminski, Ruthann Truesdell, Laura Pillifant and Jeff Fox, Amy Jelinek, Marian Bowser, Jackie Walgenbach, Seane Olgesbee, Vicki Siter, Pat Blacklock, Elena Horton, Sharon Hale, Cindy Godes, Waneta Arbach, Debbi Bass, Leonard Ball, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Soldotna Elks Lodge, Ladies Auxiliary, Dr. Jerry Hu, Dr. John Selden, Kenai Peninsula Dental Hygienist, Beth Hickey, Dennis Spindler, Carmen Stephl, Sandra Lewis, Martha Cooper, Michael Ciufo, Tracie Stang, Amy St. Onge, Jill Barker and Jerry Holmgaard.

Again, thank you to all who helped so many children and their families have a nice holiday season.

Anne Bixby

Chairperson Holiday Kindness

Redoubt PTA

Tourney's success reflects quality of those participating

As the coordinator for the SoHi Tip-off Tournament hospitality room, I'd like to thank the following businesses for their support and generous donations this year: Subway, Godfather's Pizza, Safeway, Carrs, Arby's, McDonald's and Fred Meyer.

Many thanks also to the SoHi staff, especially Jeanna Carver, Anita Byers and Al Howard. Endless thanks to the parents who donated food and time and who support their kids to be successful in academics and in athletics.

The tournament was a great success, which is a true reflection on the quality of all the student athletes, coaches and referees. All the teams played with heart and like champions.

Congratulations to the Kenai boys for winning the Tip-off trophy.

Go, Stars!

Shannon Kohler


Funny River group says thanks

Funny River Emergency Services Auxiliary would like to thank Glen Martin, the Peninsula Center Mall Merchants and the Funny River Chamber of Commerce and Community Association for the opportunity to participate in craft fairs Dec. 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22.

We would also like to thank the many people who supported us by donating items, purchasing items and working the sales.

Betty Bondurant and Mary F. Pierce


Funny River Emergency Services Auxiliary

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