Cooperation makes tobacco summit a success

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010

On behalf of the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), I would like to thank the many organizations and individuals that helped to bring the 4th annual tobacco summit to the Kenai Peninsula from April 21-23, 2010.

Thank you to Central Peninsula Hospital for hosting the Paving the Way Awards Reception, and a special thank you to Merrill Sikorski for emceeing the event. Maggie Jones and the Jabila'ina Dancers treated the audience to a great dance performance.

Thank you to VFW Soldotna Post for presenting the colors and the Honorable Peter A. Micciche, Mayor of Soldotna, and Hal Smalley, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman, for welcoming attendees to the Kenai Peninsula.

Thank you to Chevron, City of Soldotna, Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Ninilchik Traditional Council, Ninilchik Native Association and James and Colleen Fassler for financial assistance in bringing our keynote speakers from the lower 48. Thank you to Marathon Oil for sponsoring the Challenger mini-mission for the 27 youth attending the summit.

Wells Fargo, Kenai Peninsula College, Cottonwood Health Center, McDonalds and Peninsula Athletic Club donated great items for our registration bags. Robert Theisen provided beautiful metal salmon for our keynote speakers to take home and show off!

Our salmon bake was a big hit, thanks to Bob Scott, Salamatof Seafoods, who provided the fish, Soldotna Safeway and Save-U-More, who provided the food for side dishes, and Soldotna Rotary for providing the grill and grillmasters! Dan Pascucci provided entertainment at the salmon bake and had the audience laughing and clapping.

Our summit participants all commented on the hospitality of our local community. I couldn't agree more! Thanks again

Jenny Olendorff, ATCA Summit Chair

Peninsula Smokefree Partnership

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