The recent auction to raise funds for nursing education was a huge success. Thanks to all the organizations and people who participated and worked very hard to make this effort come together. Because of the shortage of qualified nurses on the peninsula, Kenai Peninsula College will offer a two-year RN program beginning in January. The funds raised at the auction will go toward assisting these students through grants from the fund.
Those representatives and organizations were: Kathy Gensel of Wells Fargo Bank; Ruby Foglia of Heritage Place; Linda Flowers of Forget-Me-Not Care Center and Central Peninsula Counseling Services; Dave Carey, Soldotna Mayor; Chuck Boll and Lori Brown of 1st Choice Home Health; Alyson Stogsdill of Legislative Affairs Agency; Lee Jackson of Central Peninsula General Hospital; Ann Marina of Cottonwood Clinic; Dennis Murray of Heritage Place; Bonnie Nichols of Central Peninsula General Hospital; Marita Parks of Soroptimists International; Lynn Senette of Weber State University; Stan Steadman of Cottonwood Clinic; Marjorie Torgerson of Heritage Place Advisory Board; Gary Turner of Kenai Peninsula College; Dave Wartinbee of Kenai Peninsula College; Walt Ward of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Workforce Development; Rosanne Van Ray of Soroptimist International of Kenai-Soldotna.
A special thanks goes to Norm Blakely for his super auctioneer services and to Larry Van Ray for his enthusiastic assistance. Thanks to Marge Torgerson for her enthusiasm in selling tickets and soliciting
donations for the auction. Thanks to Lee Dennis and the Dixie River Rats for their music.Thanks to Charlotte's Restaurant and staff for assisting in making the evening enjoyable.
A very special thanks to Jon Faulkner for his donation of a winter getaway special for two to Lands End, the Van Gilder, and the Beachside Condos.
Thanks to the following for their contributions and support: 1st Choice Home Health and Hospice, Agrium, Alaska River Rafting, Alex Villa-Beachfront Villa, Alyeska Tire and Auto, Birch Ridge Golf Course, Bonnie Nichols, Claudette's, Coffee Concepts, Corporate Express, Crafts by Moni, Curves For Women, Dave Wartinbee, Debbie Standefer, Donnie Smith River
Guide, Dr. Joseph Sangster, Dr. Peter Cannava, Ellis Automotive, Fish Happens, the Fitness Place, Food Services of America, Fred Smith, Frontier Physical Therapy, Gary Turner, Homer News, Janet Gleason, Jean Kimple, John Nelson, Kenai Auto, Inc., Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai River Sport Fishing Association, Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, Laura Faeo, Lori Weimer, Mackey Lake Rebike, Marita Parks, Mary Lane, Mary Smith, Mikes Welding, Mykels, Northern Woodworks, Peninsula Clarion, Peninsula Crafts and Gifts, Peninsula Furs, Professional Home I.V., Radio Shack, Riverside House, Senator Tom Wagner, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Soldotna seniors, Sonoma Florist, Spenards Builders Supply, Steam on Wheels, Sweeney's, The Grind, Tim Williamson, Tom Wilkinson, R.N.; Upper Cook Inlet Drift Association; Walt Butts; and Wells Fargo Bank.
During the evening a presentation of an award was made to Marlyes Irwin, who represented the VFW Women's Auxiliary Post 10046, as a thank you for their assistance in buying books for the nursing students.
Thanks to all who attended and supported this very worthy cause.
Lois Pillifant, Committee Chair, Nursing Education Fund
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