Anchorage Petroleum Women's Associaiton is delighted to announce that we have raised $21,514.19 for our 2019-2020 Non-Profit Partner, Challenge Alaska.
Outgoing President Amanda Dial & incoming President Kirsten Tschofen proudly showcase the check! The funds raised by APWA will go to help Challenge Alaska's current effort to build confidence and security, create an infrastructure for support, increase mobility, and improve health. Challenge has already used some of the funds to purchase lift passes for the Ski Program next year.
This years' event, Boots & Bling: A Casual but Dazzling Event, was due to take place in early April and the APWA Special Projects Committee were well underway with planning when the impact of the Covid-19 virus hit Alaska. Determined to continue and not waste all the efforts of members, sponsors and over forty local businesses across Alaska who generously donated gift certificates, experiences and merchandise, the team decided to switch to a Virtual Auction online.
Commenting on the fundraising effort, Kirsten Tschofen, incoming President of APWA and last year's chair of Special Projects Committee said, "The response to the virtual auction from our members, sponsors, and community partners who made bids and donated was fantastic and I am thrilled that together we were able to raise such a significant amount."
Nate Boltz, Executive Director, Challenge Alaska said, "It has been an honor working with APWA for the past year. On behalf of Challenge Alaska's staff, Board of Directors, and participants, I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of the APWA members for your financial support as well as the time you have invested in improving therapeutic recreation opportunities for Alaskans living with disability. Thank you!"
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all our members, sponsors, and community partners who helped us raise the funds!
I hope you have all been able to enjoy the benefits of summer in Alaska. My family has ventured out to Eklutna Lake and Bird Creek Public use cabins to see how we like camping (verdict: yes!), and are happy to be eating delicious locally grown salads, herbs and veggies.
Things are mostly quiet for APWA right now, but your new board is working behind the scenes to have everything ready to go in the fall. As part of this we will be shutting down some of our webpage for the month of July while we update them. We look forward to a grand reopening of the site in early August. We also continue planning how we can continue to provide social opportunities in the context of COVID-19. We are committed to following municipal guidelines and working together to protect each other’s safety at all our events and activities. As always, please feel free to reach out if there is anything we can help you with.
As many of you will know, our membership chose Chugach Park Fund to be this year’s Non-Profit Partner. The Chugach Park Fund was established in 2017 to enable Alaskans of all abilities to experience the beauty of Chugach State Park by enhancing trails and facilities.
From June 2020 through May 2021, APWA members will work to support Chugach Park Fund through volunteerism, fundraising activities, and by supporting promotion of their mission. To this end, we are happy to share with you an update on all of CPF’s activities. One of the ways we can support our partners is by raising awareness of the work they do, so I encourage you to share with your friends and family. In the future you can look forward to reading their updates on our website.
We look forward to seeing you in a safe way in the fall.
A big shout out to the 2019-2020 APWA Board of Directors! Thank you for all of your hard work this past year! The APWA board is all volunteers that meet monthly to help coordinate activities and keep the organization going!
I am so honored to serve as your elected President! Thank you so much for your trust in me. We have had so many wonderful leaders in the past, I certainly have big shoes to fill, and I promise I will do my best.
Although we are facing a lot of uncertainty in these times, our central mission to help our members Meet, Grow, Give remains the same. This year I hope to keep the wonderful traditions of this organization alive, and perhaps begin new ones. I am excited to tap into the amazing positive energy and talents that all the members of our organization bring as we join together to create fun and meaningful events and activities, and continue our community service efforts on behalf of this year’s non-profit partner Chugach Park Fund.
I have the pleasure of sharing with you the 2020-2021 Board of Directors and Standing Committee Members:
President: Kirsten Tschofen
Vice President: Kassi Murray
Treasurer: Mary Endacott
Secretary: Kathie Lyons
Parliamentarian: Amanda Dial
Activities: Lisa van der Horst
Communications: Franchesca Lee
External Affairs: Laura Sanfacon
Hostess: Diana Slafka & Alyson Ramstad
Member at Large: Summer Ratcliff
Special Projects: Nikki Rose
Volunteer Services: Callie Beethe
Webmaster: Amanda Dial
Yearbook: Meg Horvath
We still have room for you to join the Hostess Committee (to plan one or two monthly events in the year), and need one or two people to take on the Welcome Committee. These are fun roles that only require short term commitments. If you are interested please don’t hesitate to reach out to email@example.com
APWA President 2020-2021
In light of the COVID-19 situation, we have decided to convert the auction portion of our APWA fundraising event ‘Boots & Bling’ into a Virtual Auction. We have been planning this event since last fall and over forty local businesses from around Alaska have generously donated items which will be featured in the online Auction.
Challenge Alaska is our non-profit partner for fundraising this year, everyday they make a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities in our community. It’s why our sponsors and donors have already given so generously, and why we are committed to doing everything we can to support this great cause, even during these exceptional times.
We recognize that all our supporters are facing their own challenges during this crisis, and we are extremely appreciative of everyone’s continued assistance.
Alaska has a strong community spirit and we want to use the virtual auction to celebrate our local businesses. Over the coming days we will be showcasing those who have helped us to make this possible.
APWA's Annual Tea Time was a wonderful social time! Shining up and using the APWA tea set was special for those that hadn't seen it yet. We look forward to next years tea time!
These wonderful ladies volunteered at Challenge Alaska's 2020 Annual Gala Event! It was a fabulous evening and Challenge Alaska was able to raise $174,000!
It was fantastic to see both new and long term members this week at Kinley's Restaurant and Bar
for our Annual Christmas Luncheon. From the table centerpieces to the games, we enjoyed the Holiday spirit!
We are excited to announce that APWA's affiliated nonprofit organization, the Anchorage Petroleum Women's Foundation, raised $36,927.45 for our 2018-2019 Nonprofit Partner,
Alaska Resource Education.
The funds raised will support the Alaska Resource Education's efforts to develop an online curriculum about Alaska's mineral and energy industries. By placing the information online, the curriculum will be accessible to students living in the most remote corners of Alaska.
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that donated to help APWA/APWF raise this amazing amount!!