PUBLISHED: 2:50 PM on Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Team Juneau holds Iditarod fund-raiser
Team Juneau, which is Juneau's first entrant into Alaska's official state sport in 24 years, is holding a fund-raiser from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Jordan Creek Center to help with the expenses that Deborah Molburg Bicknell and Kathleen Frederick are incurring as they prepare for the Last Great Race.

Molburg Bicknell has registered as a rookie in the 2007 Iditarod while Frederick will be completing her Iditarod qualifiers this year.

During the course of the racing season, the dogs will consume over three tons of food and a ton of meat, there are significant entrance fees for each of the races Team Juneau is doing in 2007 and the dogs will wear out over 2,500 dog booties during the course of the Iditarod.

All of this costs money, so most dog mushers depend on support from sponsors and the community to assist with these expenses. Team Juneau's "Iditarodfest" will include beer, wine tasting, and finger foods.

Admission is $15 and there will be silent auction with many unique, useful, and fun items, including vintage photos and postcards of Juneau and other towns in Southeast Alaska.

Equipment and other items used for long distance racing also will be on display.

If you cannot attend the event but still want to help sponsor Juneau's very own competitive dog team, log onto

An anonymous donor has generously offered to match all cash donations received from now until the end of the year up to $5,000 so Team Juneau is seeking community support to get the benefit of this matching grant.