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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Support for youth activities makes summer trip possible

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Salamatof Native Association Inc. of Kenai for its recent donation of $300 to the Kenai Central High School girls basketball team's fish fry. This money was used to help pay for food items that were not donated. The profit from the fish fry will be used to pay for meals for the kids and coaches on our month-long summer trip. I know the players, parents and coaches are very grateful for this donation. Once again, thank you to the Salamatof Native Association Inc. for its generosity, help and obvious interest in the most valuable asset of our community -- the young kids.

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank Kenai American Legion Post No. 20, the Sons of the American Legion Squadron No. 20 the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 20 and the Curly Ashfield Memorial Fund of Kenai for their work in supporting the youth of our community.

Every year I take a group of young people to the state of Washington on a three- to four-week-long summer basketball trip. We spend a great deal of time during the spring working trying to make enough money to pay for the trip, but, like everything else, we never end up with quite enough money.

Recently, the Sons of the American Legion, the auxiliary unit and the legion through its 40/8 nonprofit account helped us to meet our mandatory goal with a total donation of $950. This money will be used to help offset the cost of transportation for the kids.

The Curly Ashfield Memorial Fund also has stepped to the plate for us. Since its inception, the fund has given us anywhere from $500 to $1,000 a year to help make ends meet and to ensure that all the kids will have a fun, enjoyable experience on the trip. This year was no different. We recently received a check for $1,000 to help pay for the cost of each kid to attend team camp.

The kids, my assistant coaches, the parents, and myself truly appreciate the financial help from these organizations.

We would like to thank the many community members who donate their time, money and resources to these service organizations, as well as the people who run the Curly Ashfield Memorial Fund and the many businesses and community members who donate their time, money and resources to the fund.

The hard work and efforts toward the most valuable asset of our community -- the young kids -- does not go unnoticed.

Jim Beeson, Head girls basketball coach Kenai Central High School



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