ERA Aviation will print thousands of tickets between now and 2006, but none as large as the one they presented to the Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) Host Society at last week's Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.
The Big Ticket was for $100,000 worth of in-kind contributions in support of the 2006 AWG effort. ERA's contributions include air travel and marketing materials such as ticket jackets and displays at ERA ticket counters. "2006 is going to be a great year for the Peninsula and ERA Aviation is proud to offer its support for the Arctic Winter Games effort. Any time you bring thousands of kids together from different countries of the world to compete with our Alaskan athletes and share their cultural differences, great things will happen in the lives of these young athletes," said Michael LeNorman, Director of Sales & Marketing for ERA.
Host Society Board President and Borough Mayor Dale Bagley said, "ERA Aviation has been providing an important link between the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the rest of Alaska and the world beyond for a number of years now, and this contribution will help bring the world to the Kenai Peninsula Borough in 2006! This generous in-kind contribution of air travel and marketing support is a big boost for our efforts to make the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games the best games ever." The ERA effort will include 2006 Arctic Winter Games logo decals painted on all of ERA's Dash-8s and Twin Otters.
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games will be held on the Kenai Peninsula in March of 2006 and is expected to include over 2,000 athletes and cultural performers with some 1,500 special guests from seven participating circumpolar nations, and an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 spectators for the week long event.
According to Bill Popp, Temporary Press Officer and Fund Raising chairman for the Host Society, an estimated 3,000 volunteers will be required during the games. The Host Society has set up its headquarters at the PRISM Kenai Fire Training Center on Marathon Rd. "We are very grateful to the City of Kenai for donating the top floor of the Fire Training Center for the AWG offices, it's a wonderful facility with everything needed for our command center," said Popp. The new AWG Manager, Loren Smith of Fairbanks, was also introduced to those attending the Chamber luncheon. Monday was Smith's first day on the job and he said he was very impressed at how far along the Host Society has already come with its organization. The budget for the Kenai Peninsula 2006 Arctic Winter Games, including the two years of planning and development efforts leading up to the Games is projected at $5.3 million dollars in cash and in-kind contributions. For information on how to become involved in the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, call 335-3366.
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