It went by fast but the sun is still shining so let’s not call it quite over yet! With record temperatures and fires across the state, Alaska has been quite the source of news and heat this summer. We hope everyone was able to enjoy the great outdoors despite it all.
It’s been a while since we’ve written an update. We’ve had a very busy summer with fundraising events and planning for upcoming events this fall.
Our Annual Wine Tasting was a fantastic time this June. It was set to the backdrop of a 1930s Speakeasy and folks came dressed to the nines, ready to partake of wine, whiskey and bourbon…and some fine dining tied to the era. Special thank you to all our sponsors and contributors for the event: Fred Braun of Jack White Real Estate was our main event sponsor; M&J Plumbing and Heating ensured folks had free cab rides home; K&L Distributors helped provide a huge array of beverages for the night; the staff of the Duck Inn were incredible at keeping up with serving; The Hearth Eatery provide gourmet food to please the palate; and Raymon Machen-Gray teased the keys with jazz music throughout the evening. The night would not have been possible without the help of our committee and volunteers: Doug & Shannon Weaver, Megan and Matt Weaver, Melissa Hawkins, Amber Goggia, Steve Attleson, Torrey McClure, Corbi Rhoades, Kiara-Lynn Rossiter and Chad Anderson. If you didn’t have a chance to attend, be sure to watch for next year’s!
August saw us at the Bird Homestead Golf Course (BHGC) for our annual “Dollars for Scholars” tourney. It started off rough with our Executive Officer losing her voice (yes – she was quiet the entire day and teased by a jovial bunch). We had record attendance with 70 golfers! Shout-out to M&J Plumbing and Heating for sponsoring the beverage cart AND volunteering on the committee, S.Hines, Inc. ensured the golf carts were free to our players, First National Bank of Alaska started the day of right with a hot breakfast for everyone, Kelly Griebel of Century 21 Realty Solutions Freedom Realty provided a wonderful “9th Hole Oasis” lunch, Spenard Builders Supply Soldotna and Seward once again provided a fantastic BBQ feast for dinner and a ton of awesome door prizes. Thank you to Nick Lee for grilling, K&L Distributors for donating the beverages, Main Street Bar and Grill for providing an incredible server, The Kenai Elks Lodge for providing free ice, Moose River Catering for the melt-in-our mouth brisket, and the staff at BHGC for once again helping us with a successful tourney. Lastly but certainly not least, thank you to all our swag-bag contributors: Residential Mortgage, Stewart Title, M&J Plumbing and Heating, Spenard Builders Supply, Permafrost CBD, Kelly Griebel of Century 21, Davis Block & Concrete, and Proctor Sales.
All in all, it was a fantastic summer. Stay tuned for upcoming events. This fall is going to be bigger than ever for KPBA and our local community. We are hosting the Alaska State Home Building Association “Build AK 2019” conference in Homer this October, and are looking forward to our first ever KPBA Youth Talent Show thereafter. Keep an eye out for KPBA Director election information coming soon!