Posted: Friday, November 23, 2001

Hard work of lots of volunteers mean successful basketball season

The Boys and Girls Club's High School Recreational Basketball League just concluded a great season! High school kids from all over the area had the opportunity to be a part of a team, get to know some kids they wouldn't normally have gotten to know and most importantly, have fun doing something they love to do!

Hats off to the many people involved in making the season run smoothly: parents for their positive, encouraging support of the program and the kids; players for their hard work and good sportsmanship; and referees for the great job making sure the kids had a safe, positive environment to play in. Special thanks to those who pitched in to help with the time clock and scoring.

And a big, big thank you to the coaches for taking on the responsibility of coaching and donating their valuable time to work with the kids: Dennis Smith, Bob Sizemore, Doug Jung, Clint Chappell, Rus Hitchcock, Malcolm Rooper, Keith Webster, Jeff Mills, Cedric Scott, Tim Keener, Shannon Kohler, Brent Senette, Ron Fay and Dave Knudsen. Thank you all for realizing that in order to have this program people must be willing to step up and help.

Also, the Boys and Girls Club greatly appreciates the support of principals Paul Sorenson at Kenai Middle School and Berry Swenson at Kenai Central High School for allowing use of their gyms to run our program. Kudos to the hard-working custodial staff at both schools for their help.

And many thanks to Bruce and Danielle Gabriel at Big G Electric for their continuing financial support.

Kathy Ehrhardt

Athletic programs director

Boys and Girls Club

Mail appeal contributions will help ease hunger on the peninsula

"Because no one deserves to be hungry," the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Inc.'s mission is to provide nourishing food to the needy, infants, children and the ill, and to promote awareness of hunger issues.

Hunger on the Kenai Peninsula is real. It is sobering to realize that the average Alaska family is only one or two paychecks away from poverty. Hunger can happen to anyone who is faced with unfortunate life circumstances: the loss of a job, an illness or accident, a death in the family. Many hard-working people simply do not make enough money to cover food, housing and transportation expenses and must turn to others to help meet their nutritional needs. Hunger can affect our neighbors, the people we work with, those we worship with and attend meetings with, or the children ours go to school with.

Thanks to over 50 caring volunteers, organized by Scott Earsley and the members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's Mail Appeal letters are in the mail. This is our largest community-wide fund-raising event of the year, and we encourage the participation of each person on the Kenai Peninsula to help support our less fortunate neighbors. One hundred percent of all donations to the food bank are used to help fight hunger on the peninsula.

Together, we are reaching out to those in need and making a difference in the lives of many. On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's board of directors, staff, volunteers, and those we serve, thank you for opening your heart when the mail appeal letter arrives.

Pat Vincent

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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