Supporters of the Arctic Winter Games could find themselves enjoying a tropical vacation in Hawaii.
The Arctic Winter Games Committee will host the One Year Out Celebration and Auction on March 5 that takes place one year to the day to the start of the games. The goal of the event is to drum up enthusiasm for the event and bring the committee closer to its $5.85 million goal.
"It's going to be a special night," said Bill Popp, revenue development chair for the Arctic Winter Games.
The Games is an international sports event bringing athletes together from seven northern countries for a week of youth athletic competition and cultural exchange. The Games come to Alaska every decade. It will make its first visit to the Kenai Peninsula.
Among other things, the party will have a dinner, a silent and live auction, a balloon blast, as well Kenai Wild Salmon. The menu for the evening will be all Cook Inlet seafood.
At the end of the night, a couple of people will leave with a Hawaiian vacation, donated by Hawaiian vacations, Alaska Airlines tickets to anywhere the airline services on the West Coast or Mexico or a dinner for six with Gov. Frank Murkowski in Anchorage, to name a few.
There will be a variety of smaller items, as well, such as overnight getaways to Anchorage and Homer and gifts from area businesses. Items for the auction have been donated from businesses and individuals from around Alaska and Canada.
However, Popp said the committee is still looking for donated items for the auction.
"The live auction items are going to be pretty significant," said Laurie Fagnani, president of Marketing Solutions, the company coordinating the party.
For those who love to be on the cutting edge of the peninsula music scene, the official 2006 Arctic Winter Games theme song will be released that night, composed by Hobo Jim, Fagnani said.
The party will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. March 5 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Tickets are $40 per person. Tickets for the party are limited and going fast, Popp said.
To purchase tickets, make a donation or to find out more about the Arctic Winter Games, call 262-2006. Information on the Games can be found on the Web at www.awg 2006.org.
"It's going to be a tremendous kickoff," Popp said.
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