The "Fish Tales" theme of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's annual fall fund raising event held recently was a tribute to the fun and rich economic resource that the Kenai River is to the community. "The bite was on, the run greater than expected and the size of the fish were like none ever seen before," joked Carol Bannock, Kenai Chamber of Commerce (KCC) executive director. "People went all-out for our 26th Annual Beer & Wine Experience and Auction. Norm Blakeley did an outstanding job with the live auction and the great items we had to bid on, but also there were many opportunities to win just for trying. Like the Fish Pond, sponsored by Three Bears, where just like when you were a kid - every cast caught a prize. And there were plenty of other opportunities to win prizes that ranged from $10 to $4,000." said Bannock.
Much speculation surrounded the "Ultimate Catch" raffle sponsored by XTO Energy, which was a guarded secret prior to the event. But when the tickets were all sold the prizes revealed, Rep. Kurt Olson of Soldotna found he was the lucky winner. This allowed him first choice of several premium prizes. Olson selected the Holland American Cruise, while second place winner, Anna Fisher, chose a Rod & Reel fishing excursion with a choice of several locations, and 50,000 Alaska Airline miles to accompany it that were donated by GCI. In yet another game of chance, Alayna Krsnak went home $1,000 richer by buying the lucky key that unlocked the Alaska USA - sponsored Treasure Chest.
Dinner that accompanied the "Fish Tales" event was a savory New York Strip loin carved hot on the spot, and served with a Bay Shrimp Salad Pasta Salad created by Charlotte's Kenai Catering. "We encouraged folks to come for the fun and dress in their funkiest fishing costume, and many went all out. The people's choice for the "Fishiest Costume" sponsored by Kelly Riley Photography went to the 'Lady Shark' otherwise known as Chris Baerresen of First American Title. But it was a close decision with our own Chamber president Deb Milam, making a great fish queen and Josselyn O'Connor having the best fish snag hat I've ever seen. As the KCC executive director I wish to express my sincere appreciation to GOODE Construction and all the businesses, organizations and individuals who partnered with them to present this year's event. It goes without saying that we couldn't do it without your help and support!
Thank you," concluded Bannock.
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