Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2000

SoHi band-choir fall concert offers delightful evening of entertainment

The recent SoHi School Band and Choir, 2000 Fall Concert, was most enjoyable entertainment. It was so good they should have charged admission!

The 100-plus young people certainly exemplified the wonderful education our Kenai Peninsula children receive from their public schools.

Directors Trudy Petersen and Vernel Schneider unquestionably deserve credit for training and choreographing such a skilled (and large!) group of young people from our neighborhoods. The performers and audience really had a good time.

James E. Fisher


Community involvement makes WRCC's radiothon huge success

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center would like to thank all those who supported the agency and its mission by participating in the 16th Annual Radiothon. The fund-raiser, which was aired live on KSRM Radio 92 on Sept. 11, was a great success because of community involvement. Through the efforts and generosity of many, we surpassed our goal of $34,000 in donations of cash, services and in-kind donations, which are already being used to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Thank you to the wonderful staff of KSRM Radio 92 for donating eight hours of air time for this fund-raiser, for the 16th year in a row.

Thank you to the talented emcees: Heather Arnett, WRCC's interim executive director, and Sgt. Chuck Kopp of the Kenai Police Department.

Thank you to the dedicated and outgoing Radiothon remote teams for working so hard to bring in all the donations from business and neighbors from Sterling, Soldotna, Kenai and Nikiski: Jack Brown, Julie Ross, David Thomas, Lisa Wimmer, Amy Jackman, Jane Stein, Claudia Furlong, Tim Navarre, Donna Bucy, Marquita Andrus, Trudy Andree, Susan Smalley and Kathy Scott, thank you!

Thank you to Barb Waters, Marcia Beauchamp, Kathy Tomrdle, Peggy Dye and Emily Aley, our friendly volunteers who took donations over the phone lines and tabulated pledges all day at KSRM.

Thank you to all those who went on air to share with the community information about their organizations' services, the Women's Resource and Crisis Center, and domestic violence and sexual assault related issues: Evy Gebhardt and Pat Porter from United Way; Lupe Miller, LeeShore Shelter lead advocate; Fleur Boyle, TLC manager; Cheri Smith, WRCC program coordinator; Pastor Alan Humphries, Soldotna Church of God; Dr. David Shoemaker, WRCC Batterer's Intervention Program; Kenai District Attorney Dwayne McConnell; Soldotna Police Department Chief Shirley Warner; Lt. Jeff Kohler of the Kenai Police Department; Lt. Tom Bowman of the Alaska State Troopers; June Harris, SART advocate; and Nurse Jan Johnson, SART/SANE.

Thank you to Charlotte's for the wonderful breakfast it provided to our emcees, remote teams and other volunteers the morning of the event.

Thank you to the WRCC volunteer board of directors for its wonderful planning and executing of the event: Marcia Beauchamp, Sammy Crawford, June Harris, Charlissa Magen, Dan Morris, Julie Ross and David Thomas.

The Women's Resource and Crisis Center greatly appreciates the ongoing support from our neighbors in the central Kenai Peninsula in working toward the elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault. Last year WRCC provided 4,769 emergency shelter bednights for 379 women and children victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Children comprised approximately one-half of the shelter residents.

There is still a lot of work to be done, but every donation of service, money and volunteer time makes a difference.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve ...You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ..." We truly live in a community full of great people. Thank you!

Evelina Giobbe, executive director

Emily Aley, volunteer coordinator

Women's Resource and Crisis Center

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