Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:27 PM on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rounds for the Rink helps arena




In spite of wind, rain and a power outage, they came, they played, and they raised money for a great cause during the first Rounds for the Rink golf tournament that recently took place at Shoreline Golf Course.

More than 30 golfers swung their clubs to benefit the Kevin Bell Ice Arena and Homer Hockey Association during a Saturday event that started off blustery but gave way to warm sunshine. By the time the clubs and balls were put away more than $2,000 was raised for this nonprofit rink and association. These things take a village, and in this case it was not only the golfers but also a bevy of businesses and volunteers that made this such a fun, memorable and successful event.

Largely contributing to the fundraising effort were the many businesses that each sponsored a hole. These are Alaska Premier Sport Fishing, Caf Cups, Glacier Drive In, Fritz Creek General Store, Homers Jeans, Homer Electric Association, Northwind Aviation, Red Rose Rentals Inc. and Sons of the American Legion. Moreover, door prize items were donated by Far Out Caf, Fritz Creek General Store, Homers Jeans, Homer Saw & Cycle, Starvin Marvins, Fat Olives, Shoreline Golf Course, Vagabond Caf and Wells Fargo. In kind support came from the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, which provided a tent for shelter from the storm. A great team was assembled to help make this event special, and it includes Shoreline course manager and turf master Doug Hamer, chef Andy Kita, barista Charlie Stewart, Chip Duggan, Charlene Flyum, Elisa Russ and Nyla Lightcap.

Our ice arena, while only open for just eight years so far, has since become a cornerstone of this community and one that has had a profound effect on the health and well-being of our citizens. It has brought together disparate groups of the community in a way few places can and has provided an economic boost to Homer during the leanest time of the year. Its sources of funding come from membership, user group fees, grants and general fundraising. So with that, thanks to all who gave their time, opened their wallets and otherwise supported Rounds for the Rink, Kevin Bell Arena and Homer Hockey Association.

Chris Russ, board member

Homer Hockey Association

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