The Arctic Winter Games 2006 will be held in the Kenai Peninsula Borough in March 2006, and much hard work and "heart" and donations have been put into the various stages thus far by many, many individuals and companies.
Recently, we walked into the Raven's Roost Arctic Winter Games Store in the Peninsula Mall and were greeted by Christy Lowe, manager, and Pam Delaney, who will be volunteering there every Tuesday and Wednesday.
We complimented Christy on the look of the store and mentioned our amazement because we were at the mall Nov. 7 and there was nothing in that spot but an empty "For Rent" room. We were headed for lunch next door and noticed that the store was "Open for Business" with an array of merchandise in wonderful colors.
Christy explained that Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley personally completely renovated the interior of the store.
Then, she gave thanks to SunDog. Apparently, Kevin Carpenter and his wife, Suwarni, and their daughters worked night and day for three solid weeks to complete their assignment of embroidering the AWG logo onto the first order of products (caps, aprons, T-shirts, briefcases, computer bags, stadium chairs, vests, jackets, etc.), by the anticipated opening date. No small task. Also credited was Ron Delaney, general manager of Fred Meyer, and his wife, Pam, who showed up one day and offered their unsolicited muscles, time and expertise to set up the entire store bringing donated hangers, racks, shelves etc., determined to have the Raven's Roost up and running before Thanksgiving.
And, oh yes, the store's sales counter and cabinets were donated and installed by Spenard Builders Supply. How thoughtfully grand these helping hands as gifts from the heart! The store looks so professional and the inventory looks quite impressive. The grand opening is Saturday.
Most of us have our personal thank you list of blessings for which we expressed our appreciation on Thanksgiving Day. As interested customers who were patiently waiting, we'd like to publicly thank these valued volunteers for going the extra mile so we could include some AWG items in our Thanksgiving gifts that we shipped to our family.
And we want to encourage our community to visit Raven's Roost and support its efforts. Buy a favorite AWG item, or buy a Christmas gift or get an AWG gift for someone who has everything and you'll be getting a piece of Arctic Winter Games history, too. We did.
Al and Bunny Chong
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