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Closing the Door for the First Time on the 2006 Arctic Winter Games

Posted: Monday, July 03, 2006

 

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The torch of the 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) has been extinguished since March, but last Friday AWG general manager Tim Dillon turned out the lights and closed the door for the final time at the offices that served as headquarters for the Games for the last two years. The international flags have been lowered, the offices are empty, and the walls that were once covered with AWG photos and information are now starkly clean and bare. “The Peninsula showed the rest of the arctic world what they could do and I was glad to have been able to be a part of it,” said Dillon.

 

AWG general manager Tim Dillon turns out the lights and closes the door at AWG headquarters for the final time.

The Spirit of the Games however is still aglow on the Peninsula and in an open letter to the community Dillon wrote, “I wanted to say congratulations and thank you. The entire Kenai Peninsula- volunteers, sponsors, donors and staff, performed above and beyond everyone’s expectations. The International Committee has praised the Peninsula not only for your attention to detail but also your hospitality. Thank you for allowing me to be the General Manager. I have enjoyed spending the last 15 or so months on the Peninsula. As we all move onto other things I ask that you remember the feeling you got from volunteering. There are many worthwhile organizations that need your help. I spoke many times about it’s nice to see all the physical legacy items but the real legacy is the spirit of volunteering. Please do your part to keep that spirit alive. Until we meet again. Godspeed.”

 

AWG general manager Tim Dillon turns out the lights and closes the door at AWG headquarters for the final time.

Last year at this time the Host Society was having concerns about fund raising short falls, “Once again through the efforts of a lot of fine people and a lot of volunteer effort we were able to finish the Games in the black, another testimony as to how the people of this community saw what had to happen and joined together to pull it through,” said Dillon. According to Dillon there are many benefits from having hosted the games that will continue throughout the community and will be focused on inspiring another generation of athletes. In the recently released Quarterly Report of Key Economic Indicators covering the first quarter of 2006, the borough wide gross taxable sales jumped 7.1 percent with seven of 10 sectors reporting increased sales. “A $6.2 million gain in retail sales was certainly influenced by the Arctic Winter Games,” said Jeanne Camp borough economic analyst.



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