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Sponsors, volunteers made kids' fishing event successful

Posted: Thursday, July 01, 2004

The members of the Kenai River Professional Guide Association would like to thank all the businesses, organizations, guides and volunteers who helped to make the fourth annual Take a Kid Fishing event a success. All the kids had great time fishing, partaking in the barbeque that followed and showing off their new fishing rods, reels and hats.

The following businesses and organizations generous donations allowed 75 grade school children and 25 adult chaperones to spend a day fishing the Kasilof and Kenai rivers: Maurice Sporting Goods, Kustom Kreations, Fred Meyer, McDonalds of Soldotna, Al Gagnon & Sons, Berkley, Great Bear Ford, McLane Consulting Group, Coca Cola of Alaska, Harry Gaines, Real Life Taxidermy, Eagle Claw Hooks, Custom Seafood Processors, High Adventure Air, Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware, Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Sterling Ducks Unlimited, First National Bank of Alaska and United Rentals.

We had 30 professional fishing guides donate their time and would like to thank them and our other volunteers as well: Tyland Van Lier, Ray DeBardelaben, Greg Brush, Don Johnson, Lee Young, Jerry Strieby, Jim McCormick, Monty Roberts, Steve McClure, Alex Douthit, Tad Waldrip, Alan Norker, Ryan Howlett, Bill Gifford, Joe Connors, John Iverson, Dan France, Roger Byerly, Doug Morris, Joe Hager, Kent John, Rich Dykema, Houston Morris, Nate Morris, Boo Kandas, Cliff Chamberland, Harry Temple, Ruben Hanke, Nick Szyimoniak, Gary Chamberland, Rondi McClure, Kelly Hanke, Rachel Hanke, Bonnie Strieby and Gina Joyce.

With your help, we have hopefully given these children an experience to remember for a lifetime.

Thank you again for you kind generosity.

Ray DeBardelaben and

Tyland Van Lier

Co-chairs, Take a Kid Fishing

Kenai River Professional

Guide Association



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