Games gaining on money goal

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005

With the 2006 Arctic Winter Games less than a year away, the host society still needs to raise about $1.5 million.

"I feel good where we are right now," said Arctic Winter Games General Manager Tim Dillon. "We cannot slow down."

The Arctic Winter Games is a circumpolar sporting event drawing athletes from northern countries for a week of competition and cultural exchange. This is the first time it has come to the Kenai Peninsula.

The host society has said it needs to raise over $5 million all told, Dillon said.

He said there are plans on how to raise a good portion of the $1.5 million still needed before the Games begin.

For example, there are some federal grants that are in the application process, such as a $200,000 Department of State grant, he said.

About $500,000 of the remaining needed funds are expected to come from ticket and merchandise sales throu-ghout the course of the Games, he said.

Tickets for the events will be available around the beginning of December, he said.

On Sept. 14 there will be a fund-raiser at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage that will be attended by former Alaska Gov. Wally Hickel and his wife. Dillon said they will be named as the honorary head coaches for Team Alaska — the athletic delegation from Alaska that will compete in the Games.

There is another fund-raising event that will take place in November or December which is yet to be announced, he said.

Still, the host society is in the process of raising between $500,000 and $700,000, he said. He added that "people can call me whenever, wherever" to arrange any sort of sponsorship.

Dillon said there is a chance that some items may get donated in kind, such as building supplies and various services like shipping.

"That reduces the amount of money we have to pay for those types of things," he said.

To donate to the Games or sign up to be a volunteer call 262-2006.

"We've got a great group of community supporters," Dillon said.

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