The Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter of the American DIabetes Association hosted events Oct. 4-11 to increase public awareness about this disease that affects 17 million Americans.
We would like to thank those involved with our seventh annual Walk for Diabetes. Thank you to our sponsors: Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Brainerd Hardwoods, St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd Eyecare, WJJY, B93.3, Cool 101.5, Brainerd Rotary, Chippewa Water and the great apples donated by Schaefer's Foods.
A special thanks to our walk volunteers, Rachael and Bob Nystrom, Susan and Allan Rogers, Florence and Dick Keller, Iris and Laura Shively, Rae Lund, Don and Sandy Raisanen, Dawn Nelson, Gerry Altrichter, Donna Todd and Katie Paine for making this event a great success. Also to the 162 walkers and their contributors, thank you for your commitment in helping raise more than $40,000. Your support is greatly appreciated.
The American Diabetes Association would like to thank Brainerd Mayor James Wallin, the Brainerd Rotary and students at Brainerd High School and Mississippi Horizons for the warm welcome extended to Miss America 1999, Nicole Johnson. Her visit and positive message from the national level was made possible by Brainerd's Youth as Resources group.
We would also like to thank Ruttger's Resort, the Brainerd YMCA and Cragun's Resort for the donation of prizes used at the powder puff football tournament. This Student Council event fund-raiser featured 16 teams of high school girls and their coaching staffs. All of their efforts are greatly appreciated.
Last, thank you for the great coverage by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch of our events that has helped to increase community awareness. The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Thanks, Crystal Pierz Marine
It is truly amazing the depth of one person's generosity, along with the meaning and purpose it can bring to one's life. Especially in the life of someone with developmental disabilities.
For the last 10 plus years, Myron Kujawa and Crystal Pierz Marine have provided boats, motors, maintenance and storage for Confidence Learning Center and Camp Confidence much to the delight of our campers.
Because of this invaluable contribution our campers are able to experience the waters of Sylvan Lake through boating, tubing and fishing as if they didn't have a care in the world. We wouldn't be able to provide this type of activity without the continued support of Myron and Crystal Pierz Marine.
From all of us here at camp, a large Thank You is the least we can do.
Marketing and Special Events Director
Confidence Learning Center
Thanks, Culligan man
We take so much for granted every day that sometimes something comes along that we never think about until it just hits you square between the eyes.
That is what happened recently with our water systems at Confidence Learning Center. We realized something wasn't quite right. One "Friend of Camp" made a suggestion to make changes. That friend was Pat Smith with Culligan Water Systems. Pat tested our wells, helped us formulate a plan and gave us the needed information to correct the problem. As a result our water is flowing clearly.
For the past several years Pat Smith and his entire family have been involved in various projects at camp, and now we can add Culligan Water Systems to our list of supporters as well. With the donation of water softening systems and maintenance salt our water has greatly improved.
Because of this generous contribution, our staff, visitors and, most important, our campers are able to enjoy better water quality when at camp. We wouldn't be able to provide this type of service without the continued support of Pat and Culligan Water Systems.
From all of us here at camp, a large thank you is in order.
Marketing and Special Events Director
Confidence Learning Center
Sunday school children
The Sunday school children from Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd would like to thank all of the people who live on Seventh and Eighth streets north for their generosity in giving to the food shelf this past Sunday. We collected more than 50 pounds of food. Thanks again.
Director of Christian Education
Zion Lutheran Church
Veterans Pheasant Dinner
The Veterans Pheasant Dinner Committee of American Legion Post 255 would like to say thanks to the Brainerd Regional Human Services Center for hosting the Veterans Pheasant Dinner. More than 40 veterans attended our dinner.
We would also like to say thanks to Auxiliary Unit 255, Lakes Printing and Halverson Johnson Funeral Home for the items that were placed in the ditty bags that were given to each veteran who attended the dinner. Thanks to Kathy Hoffman, Brainerd Manor; Julie Allord, Woodland Good Samaritan Village; and Sue Phelps, Bethany Good Samaritan Village for their cooperation in helping to get those ambulatory veterans there and to Evelyn O'Connor Fisher for transporting them to the Veterans Pheasant Dinner.
The following individuals were presented with a plaque for volunteering their time over the last 13 years: Doris Stoffel, Mary Stoffel, Don Hauck, Gaylord and Kathleen Zelinske, Becky and Jerry Young, the BRHSC dietary staff and the auxiliary past presidents. Past Commander Jay Beebe from Post #255 was chairman of the pheasant dinner.
American Legion Post 255
Joel Soukup benefit
On behalf of the Joel Soukup Benefit Committee, we would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all the hard-working volunteers who gave their talents, time and energy to make Joel's benefit a huge success. We also wish to thank everyone who donated items to the silent auction and dinner, and all the businesses that gave so generously.
More than 100 volunteers helped with feeding in excess of 800 people and more than 400 items were donated to the silent auction. Because of the efforts and generosity of many, we raised more than $40,000. This area showed its strong community spirit by giving so selflessly to the Soukup family and helping them through this difficult time. Again, a heartfelt thank you to everyone.
Joel Soukup Benefit Committee
Robin Kriens and Lisa Kriens, co-chairs
Kinship Partners Halloween
On behalf of the youth, volunteers and staff of Kinship Partners, I would like to thank the following people for their time and energy spent helping us host the greatest Halloween party ever: Chad, Nick, Bill, Debbie, Chasidy, the Bridge Builders of Lakewood Church, and from Pequot Lakes High School, Calida, Katie, Ashley, Amanda W., Amanda G., Kristy, Megan and Abby. Your participation and support of our program is greatly appreciated, and the kids and their partners had a wonderful time thanks to you.
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