PUBLISHED: 5:04 PM on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Thanks for Big Campaign '06
All of us at Big Brothers Big Sisters (staff, the Bigs and Littles, and their families throughout Southeast Alaska) want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who helped make our recent BIG Campaign 2006 a success.

It was our first-ever coordinated regional volunteer recruitment campaign and many people and businesses helped out.

Special thanks to Karlene John; Kathy John; Alaska Electric Light and Power's Patricia Hull and Richelle Burns; UAS students Amanda Triplett, Kari Dammerman, Tanya Ewing, Stephanie Ashley, and Alumni Relations Manager Keni Campbell; Juneau Youth Football League; JDHS head football coach Bill Chalmers; Chris and Benthe Mertl; Matt Knutson of InterDesign; Big Brother Matthew Keiper; Big Brother John Hickey; Big Brother Adam Arca; Big Brother Matt Hawthorne; Big Brother Wello Raidmae; Big Brother Cliff Stone; Big Brother Woody Widmark; Big Brother Tom Moore; Big Brother Vince Hansen; Big Brother Nolan Davis; Big Brother Tom Wall; Big Brother Nils Dihle; Tena Williamson of the Ketchikan Daily News; Alaska Broadcast Communications, Inc.; Daily Sitka Sentinel; GCI Cable Television; Coast Alaska; Karla Donaghey of Inside Passage; Jodi Wolf of CCTHITA's Tribal News; Foggy Mountain Shop in Juneau; Safeway, Chevron, and Tongass Trading Company in Ketchikan; Catotti and Goldberg Art Studio in Haines; Ace Hardware in Hoonah; Orion Sporting Goods in Sitka; our anonymous donor of Alaska Airline miles; Big Sister Melinda Hernandez and all our friends who referred their friends, co-workers and family to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Athough we exceeded our campaign recruitment goal, there are still 131 boys and girls ready to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister across the region and only 35 adults ready to become mentors.

So, we'll be encouraging just as many folks to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters this year.

Marc Wheeler

BBBS of Southeast Alaska