"Whispers of Winter" shouts success for Kenai Chamber

Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2003

The 19th Annual Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wine & Beer tasting experience and auction was a huge success according to Board President Cherie Brewer and Executive Director Colleen Canady. Over 160 items were donated for the auction from around the state of Alaska and from friends of the Chamber in the lower 48.

"We had auction items available for every range of wallet," said Canady. Auctioneer Norm Blakeley; assisted by "Old Man Winter" Mike LeNorman, and "Ice Princess" Cherisse Millet of ERA Aviation, did their best to empty those wallets on behalf of the Chamber's largest fund raiser of the year.


Auctioneer Norm Blakeley takes the bids as Master of Cermonies Mike LeNorman and Ice Princess Cherisse Millet of ERA Aviation prepare the next item going up for bid at the Whispers of Winter gala last week.

A puppy donated by Iditarod musher Paul & Evy Gebhardt brought $800. The new treasure chest game sold 50 keys for $50 each; the lucky key opened the chest to reveal $1,000 in cash. Phyllis Starks of Kenai bought the lucky key, "It was just my lucky night I guess. I just walked in the door and happened to buy the one lucky key, $1,000 for a $50 key was a pretty good return I'd say. This was an excellent event and everyone was lucky to be here. With Christmas coming up I promise you the money will go right back into the community," said Starks.

The event was held across the street from the Kenai Chamber Cabin at Michael Kent's building on Overland Street, "We are very grateful to Michael Kent for the use of his building facility. We sat close to 300 people at the event this year. Mr. Kent continues his generosity to the Kenai Chamber when he will once again donate his building for our Christmas Comes to Kenai celebration," said Canady.


Close to 300 people attended the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's annual Wine & Beer Experience - Auction last week in Kenai.

For the second year Bob Favretto presented the Kenai Chamber of Commerce with a check for $5,000 from the net proceeds of the Kenai Chrysler Golf Tournament last summer, "I know how hard the Chamber works to be able to do all the things that they do for the community, the City of Kenai, and the Peninsula, and I just real happy to be able to do that," said Favretto, who is a past Chamber Board member and two time president. According to Favretto the Kenai Chrysler Open has become the largest Tournament of it's kind in Alaska and one of the largest in the Northwest.

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