Community's green pride shows through

Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The 14th annual Soldotna St. Patrick's Day Celebration was truly a successful day enjoyed by the community.

Special thanks go to our major sponsors Wells Fargo, Wilder Construction, ConocoPhillips and Homer Electric Association.

These are just a sample of the great community-minded businesses we have on the Kenai Peninsula.

Parade: Special thanks to Mike Sweeney, our parade leading Irishman, who started the celebration 14 years ago. Thank you to everyone who entered the parade, you were all terrific. Thank you to the spectators who lined the streets to watch the procession, and to the Soldotna Police Department, who kept everyone safe at the parade.

Dinner-auction: Norm and Barbara Blakeley,the awesome auction team and always willing to help, I hope you realize how much we appreciate you. Norm and Barb make the evening fun and are a big reason the auction is a success. New this year, thank you to Allen Auxier of KDLL, our grand Irish auctioneer assistant. Thank you to the fantastic North Star Cloggers, Teresa Danielson, who coordinated the talented children who entertained the crowd, Greta Davidson, Heather and Chelsey Paxton and Lief Danielson. A big thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated and attended the auction. The auction funds the fireworks display enjoyed by the community.

Fireworks: The grand finale fireworks display was enjoyed by everyone. Special thanks to Central Emergency Services for all their help and the city of Soldotna for clearing snow and all they do when needed.

We appreciate all of the coverage provided by the local media. The volunteers and chamber staff who give beyond what is asked: Lori Goodman, Janet Pope, Cassie Pulley, Teresa Nicole, Becky Hutchinson, the Soldotna Elders, Shanon Hamrick, Robyn Sullens, Erica Williamson, Rebecca Hanson and Brandi Montague.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce was proud to bring the community together to enjoy St. Patrick's Day 2005.

Michelle Glaves, Executive director, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce

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