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.