Games gala to raise funds

Money still sought with event nearly 6 months away

Posted: Monday, September 12, 2005

Even though the Arctic Winter Games is still more than six months away, there will be a chance to celebrate early.

There will be a gala celebration at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage to raise some cash for the event and celebrate the official six-month-out mark for the Games. Participants will have the chance to have some drinks at a cocktail reception. Winter Games founding father, former Alaska Gov. Walter Hickel and his wife, Ermalee, will be there, as well.

"Not only is it a big fund-raiser, it is a celebration of the Games," said Eileen Floyd, chair of the media committee for the Arctic Winter Games. "It is a way to spread the word of the Games."

Floyd also works for Marketing Solutions, an Anchorage firm that is handling the marketing for the Games.

The Arctic Winter Games is a circumpolar sporting event that will take place in Kenai Peninsula Borough communities. Planners for the event expect more than 1,900 athletes and coaches, hundreds of artists and performers and 5,000 spectators to attend the week-long event.

The Games will take place March 5 to 11.

Floyd said the celebration will have a presentation that honors Hickel's contribution to the Games. She would not elaborate on the details of that presentation, however.

There also will be a video of the Games' theme song, which was written by Hobo Jim.

In addition to Hickel's presence at the event, Floyd said the celebration will focus on the "power of sports" and a way to gain exposure for the Games.

Tickets to the gala and fund-raiser can be ordered by calling Karen in Anchorage at (907) 569-7070 or Terri at the Arctic Winter Games office in Soldotna at 262-2006. Tickets cost $80 per person.

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