The LeeShore Center is very grateful for the generous support of the community during our 21st annual KSRM Radiothon fund-raiser on Sept. 12. Individuals and businesses helped us raise $49,632.02 so far in cash and in-kind goods; we are still tabulating the results and will have a final figure in early October.
The success of this event was made possible by the hard work of many: KSRM Radio hosted the event by donating an entire day of air-time for fund-raising and community education. Sue Carter and Bill Popp generously emceed the program. Thanks to John Davis from KSRM and station on-air staff who professionally engineered the program. "Remote teams" made up of volunteers and LeeShore board members spent the day soliciting pledges of cash, in-kind goods and services throughout the community and included volunteers Allen Auxier, Owen Boyle, Jane Griffel, Tom Martin, Tim Navarre, Lois Pillifant and LaRae Selfridge; and board members Fleur Boyle, Jan Daniels, Marie Rozak and David Thomas.
LeeShore board member Summer Shier worked with volunteers June Harris, Susan Smalley, Jane Stein and LeeShore staffers Keren L. Kelley, Kathy Tomrdle and Barbara Waters to answer phones, take pledges and account for cash and contributions at KSRM Radio.
On-air guests included Capt. Tom Bowman, Alaska State Troopers; Dayne Clark, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank; Jennette Desimone, Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Bill Galic, Office of Children's Services; Tina Herford, Kenai Peninsula United Way; Pastor Alan Humphries, Soldotna Church of God; Lt. Gus Sandahl, Kenai Police Department; Dr. David Shoemaker, LeeShore Batterer's Intervention Program; June Stein, district attorney; and LeeShore staffers Allison Darsey, Transitional Living Center manager; Kim Stalvig, shelter manager; and Keren L. Kelley, program coordinator.
We wish to also thank Frontier Business Systems for its donation of Radiothon flyers, West Coast Paper for donating the paper for the flyers, and Dr. Steve Hileman, who provided original art for the Radiothon posters. Several hundred local businesses allowed us to hang posters in their establishments. We'd like to thank them as well as our volunteers, Brenda Cook, Dorothy Lentz, Whittiany Lipps and Donna Tomlinson, who placed the posters.
Thanks also to Jim and Phyllis Bookey at Coffee Time and the Kenai Police Department for advertising the Radiothon on their reader boards.
We truly appreciate the wonderful generosity of businesses and community members in our area. Thanks for supporting our efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault in the central peninsula.
Cheri Smith, Executive director, LeeShore Center
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