Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:56 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sharing: a community success story

Thanks to great weather and many, many outstanding volunteers, this year's annual Share the Spirit Spaghetti Dinner was once again a resounding success. We served more than 850 dinners this year and delivered more than 315 dinners around the community. And, because of the generosity of the Dimond Center Hotel, Era Alaska, Grant Aviaton, Homer Electric and Home Run Oil, we far surpassed our sales of raffle tickets for this year's events from last year's.

And yes, once again there are some special people to recognize. Mark at Sav-U-More, who was even more generous than ever, and Kachemak Wholesale Foods, who always donates whatever we need. Not to mention the dozens of restaurants who always give willingly year after year.

And if you were a recipient of a timely, delicious, delivered dinner this year, you can thank one of the many real estate agents (Kachemak Board of Realtors) who took time out of their schedule to make our deliveries possible. And making all the deliveries run smooth and brilliantly (which is no easy feat) was their own Shelly Stradling. Then there is Susan Miller and her people from The Center and Jeff Middleton who jumped in to help.

Then, we also have to recognize the commitment (five years running) of the guys who get up really, really early to cook and make it all happen. Thanks to Steve Parizek, Ron Johnson, Dave Weber and Don Burt, with special big thanks to Wendell and Karen of Latitude 59 fame for the great vegetarian sauce. And at Homer High School, Cindy Smith and her crew without whose help, we wouldn't have noodles. To all, your energy and commitment were amazing.

I truly wish I could list all the volunteers who gave of their time. Without them, this event would not have enjoyed the tremendous success we did. Your commitment to helping Share the Spirit in our community is sincerely appreciated and we achieved marvelous results

Each year Share the Spirit continues to advance its mission of helping throughout the year those less fortunate. This community has come together, once again to help us in our endeavors to make a difference. What a wonderful holiday gift for us all.

Thank you and have a blessed holiday!

Fran McCampbell, event coordinator

Share the Spirit