Anchorage Chamber honors "Caring For the Kenai"

Posted: Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Anchorage, Alaska - As students, teachers and mentors begin working on their 2004 Caring For the Kenai (CFK) ideas and projects, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce selected the program and it's sponsors for special recognition at their annual Gold Pan Awards gala last week in Anchorage.

In the category of Premier Service to Youth by an Individual, Organization, or Business, CFK and its sponsors Unocal Alaska and Agrium, were selected as one of three finalists from more than 20 nominees to receive the 2003 Gold Pan Award. "To be recognized by the Anchorage Chamber, an organization outside of the boundaries of the CFK program, is a great honor and speaks highly of the innovations in partnering educational programs that has come from the Kenai Peninsula community," said Roxanne Sinz, Manager of Public Affairs for Unocal Alaska.

"Agrium is proud to be a sponsor of the Caring For the Kenai program and is delighted that the work of our students, teachers and volunteers has been recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce," added Lisa Parker, Agrium Government & Community Relations Advisor. Laurie Fagnani, of Marketing Solutions, an advertising and public relations firm in Anchorage, nominated CFK for the prestigious award. "We are pleased to be able to honor the Caring For the Kenai program for the many outstanding contributions it has made to Alaska," said Anchorage Chamber President, Stacy Schubert.

The other finalists in the category for the award were the Anchorage Bucs Baseball Club, Covenant House Alaska, and First National Bank of Alaska. Merrill Sikorski, CFK coordinator, attended the Gold Pan Awards gala on behalf of the program sponsors and received the medallion presented to the finalists. The Gold Pan in the category of Premier Service to Youth was presented to First National Bank Alaska for having donated more than $1 million in the past 12 years to Junior Achievement, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, among others.

Now in it's 14th year, CFK 2004 will be offering more than $16,000 in cash awards to finalists and participating high schools on the Kenai Peninsula that submit the best proposals to the contest prompt, "What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or improve the area's preparedness for a natural disaster?" A CFK sponsored KPBSD science teacher in-service will be held October 23rd. For more information about CFK 2004, go to or call 262-4949.

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