Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Walk helps raise peninsula's awareness about brain injuries

The Brain Injury Association of Alaska wants to thank all those who assisted us to provide support for our Awareness Walk on June 9. As a nonprofit organization, we appreciate any donations or services that can assist us toward providing services for persons with brain injuries or impairments. The services we provide include rehabilitation, education, prevention and advocacy for anyone who has sustained a brain injury.

In Alaska, we have 5,000 to 6,000 brain injuries every year. A brain injury occurs every 15 seconds. Brain injury is the No. 1 killer and disabler across America -- not cancer, not heart attack. For more information, visit our Web page:

We appreciate your donations. Thank you to: Kmart, Country Foods, Save-U-More, Soldotna Dairy Queen, Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Tommy, Regal Foods, The Salvation Army, Bridges, Independent Living Center, Toutonghi Speech-Language and Cognitive Services, Ace Automotive and Towing, Soldotna NBA, Kenai NBA, Frontier Insurance, Spenard Builders Supply -- Soldotna, and Kenai River Watershed Forum.

Special thanks to Neva Black, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Kenai Mayor John Williams and to all the walkers and sponsors.

Mary Warrington, walk coordinator Brain Injury Association of Alaska, Kenai Chapter, Kenai Peninsula Brain Injury Support Group

KCHS girls basketball team appreciates community support

The Kenai Central High School girls basketball team recently held a fish fry to raise money for our summer basketball trip.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many businesses and community members that helped to make it a great success. First off, we would like to thank The Fish Factory, LLC, owned by Mike and Kim McCune, for donating halibut and salmon. After all, a fish fry wouldn't be much of a fish fry without fish.

A special thank you needs to also go out to Nick Fortney who donated a 70-pound box of halibut and salmon for us to take on our trip with us. This fish will be given to people in the state of Washington that go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that we have a great time on our trip.

Secondly, we would like to thank Country Foods, Regal Foods and Anchorage Cold Storage for their help in making the fish fry a success. These businesses donated various food items, paper products and the pop.

Our third thank you goes out to the Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425. The Elks Lodge probably played the biggest role in making our fish fry a success because it provided us with the facility in which to hold it. Not only did the Elks give us free reign over the kitchen and dining facilities, but they also donated the use of their fountain pop machine. In addition to all of this, the Elks Lodge also donated cash to help pay for things on our trip. This money will prove invaluable in helping to pay for meals. Along with the Elks, we would also like to thank the Russian Orthodox Church, which donated space in its kitchen for the crew to prepare the fish the night before the dinner.

Our fourth thank you goes out to all the community members who bought tickets for the fish fry. In today's times where everyone is out there asking for money, we appreciate your continued support. It is our sincere hope that everyone who attended enjoyed the food and atmosphere and that you will be back again next year.

Our fifth and final thank you goes out to Ginny Smith for all of her hard work. She was the driving force behind the scenes making sure everything went well.

In conclusion, the support of the KCHS fish fry is just another example of how great of a community that we live in. Thank you one and all for everything that you do for us.

Jim Beeson for the KCHS Girls Basketball Team

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