For fifteen years the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors (KPAR) and their affiliates have sponsored an annual event for the benefit of Hospice of the Central Peninsula and over that time the group has raised over $100,000. Myla McFarland of KPAR was responsible for getting the event underway and was the first committee chair, "This event just wouldn't happen without our affiliates, the bankers, mortgage and title companies, and everyone that supports the realtors and help us support the work of Hospice," McFarland told the Dispatch. This year's KPAR committee chair was Aaron Swanson of Residential Mortgage in Soldotna, "The Realtors as well as the community as a whole is very supportive of this event because Hospice is such a great organization it makes selling raffle tickets for the greenhouse a breeze. This year Jim Brenton of Builders Unlimited donated his time and effort to construct the greenhouse with SBS quality materials and Sam Barnes just drew the winning ticket and Elaine Rainey was the lucky winner and we're looking forward to her sharing the produce she grows in the fall," said Swanson.
Rainey not only won the greenhouse but some points with her husband as well, "My husband is the gardener so as I was leaving this morning I asked him if this is the year he really wanted to win the greenhouse, we buy tickets every year because Hospice is such a great organization, and of course he said yes, so I told him to start clearing the space because this was going to be the year we win it and sure enough we did," said Rainey.
Marquitta Andrus is the executive director of Hospice of the Central Peninsula and expressed her appreciation for such broad based community support, "We are always amazed at the generosity of our community and I feel that a community that gives together stays together and this community goes so far above being a strong generous community with finances, but also with their time in volunteering to Hospice and events such as this annual KPAR event. We would like to thank KPAR and their affiliates and the volunteers such as Norm Blakely for auctioneering, Jim Brenton of Builders Unlimited for donating labor for the greenhouse, Steve Crane for support and moving the greenhouse, Pat and Myrna Cowan of Birch Ridge Golf Course for the use of their beautiful facility, South Central Title and Residential Mortgage for parking the greenhouse and selling raffle tickets out of their office, Aaron Swanson of Residential Mortgage for chairing the committee again this year, and all those who served on the committee, and even the contestants who won the putting contest and then donated their winnings back to us, our organization has been greatly affected by the efforts of KPAR and their affiliates through the years and we will show our appreciation by continuing the services provided through Hospice."
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