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Over the course of seven 2016 performances in downtown Juneau and the Valley, the production of King Island Christmas raised $6,000 for the United Way of Southeast, exceeding organizers’ goal of $5,000.
King Island Christmas donates to United Way 010417 AE 1 Capital City Weekly Over the course of seven 2016 performances in downtown Juneau and the Valley, the production of King Island Christmas raised $6,000 for the United Way of Southeast, exceeding organizers’ goal of $5,000.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Story last updated at 1/3/2017 - 5:49 pm

King Island Christmas donates to United Way

Over the course of seven 2016 performances in downtown Juneau and the Valley, the production of King Island Christmas raised $6,000 for the United Way of Southeast, exceeding organizers’ goal of $5,000.

“King Island Christmas” is based on a true event experienced by late Juneau artist Rie Muñoz. Sharon Gaiptman, Deborah Smith and Missouri Smyth first produced the show in Dec. 2010 as a tribute to Muñoz and the late children’s author, Jean Rogers, who took the story and adapted it as a children’s book. They joined forces again to bring the show to Juneau during the holiday season of 2012, and the following summer, before taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. This time the show was not only dedicated to the memories of Rie and Jean, but to beloved cast member Stephen McPhetres, who passed away late last year.

“The generosity of these women, the cast members, everyone who came to see it and/or helped to make it happen is truly appreciated,” said Wayne Stevens, president and CEO of United Way.