Dedicated volunteers make Classic terrific fund-raiser

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2004

On behalf of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, we would like to thank the tremendous effort put forth by the more than 150 volunteers who make the Kenai River Classic an annual success. Through their continuing dedication, the Classic has become one of the largest volunteer-driven fund-raising events of its magnitude in the country.

Many thanks also go to the numerous local businesses and individuals who generously donate auction items to the Classic.

This year the Classic once again generated more than $1 million in revenue through participant fees, corporate sponsorships and Classic auction proceeds. About $400,000 went directly into the local economy through Classic expenses, such as accommodations, food, guides, tours and transportation.

As always, Classic proceeds will assist our program efforts and endowment fund in habitat rehabilitation, fishery conservation and public aquatic education. The strides we've made along the Kenai River in protecting this magnificent resource would not be possible without broad community support.

The participants who come from across the country had rave reviews about our community and the warmth, friendliness and hospitality shown by all. Many cite this event as their portal through which they gain experience and understanding of Alaska and its unique circumstance. Our community can be truly proud of the many people who make this event possible and such a success.

Our sincere appreciation to all,

Ron Rainey, board chair

Ricky Gease, executive director

Kenai River Sportfishing Association

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