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s part of its 2015 Coats for Kids project, The Salvation Army collected and distributed more than three thousand coats for Alaskan children in need. The programs partners include KTUU, which donated $20,000 of advertising airtime; Fred Meyer, which donated $15,000 of new coats; Lynden Transportation, which donated shipping costs both to Alaska and within the state; and Fireweed Cleaners, which donated dry-cleaning for more than one thousand of the donated coats. Cook Inlet Tribal Council is the sole Alaska-based partner of KIDS (Kids in Distressed Situation) and coordinated with the program to distribute a shipment of children’s toys and apparel valued at $1.3 million to more than six thousand Alaskan children. The first distribution took place in October 2015. Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility was one of eight national public drinking water systems to receive a Platinum Award for Utility Excellence by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies at its 2015 Executive Management Conference. Platinum Awards recognize outstanding achievement in implementing the nationally recognized Attributes of Effective Utility Management. Poldine Carlo of Fairbanks was awarded the 2015 Shirley Demientieff Award by Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott. Presented by the Governor each year at Alaska Federation of Natives, the Shirley Demientieff Award recognizes an individual or organization for their outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of Alaska Native women and children. Paddy Coan, Manager of the Wasilla branch of Jack White Real Estate, was named the recipient of the Alaska Association of REALTORS 2015 REALTOR® of the Year award. This award is given annually to the individual who has displayed a strong sense of REALTOR spirit; leadership qualities with local, state, and national associations of REALTORS; and involvement in civic activities. Anchorage-based Alaska Chip Company won second place at the Chicago Tribune’s best kettle chips competition. Alaska Chip Company, which uses Alaska Grown potatoes and is Alaska’s only chip company, competed against 150 other brands from around the United States to bring home the second place award. Alaska Regional Hospital has been recognized for its commitment to healthcare with a 2015 Quality Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. The Quality Award is the highest honor given by Mountain-


Compiled by Tasha Anderson Pacific, and Alaska Regional is the sole Anchorage hospital to have received this award in 2015. This award was given in recognition of Alaska Regional’s performance in improving care processes for six national quality projects: heart attack, heart failure, stroke, pneumonia, surgical care improvement, and venous thromboembolism. Credit Union 1 donated $7,800 to WISH (Women in Safe Homes) in January. During Credit Union 1’s annual Member Appreciation event at its Ketchikan branch, $3,900 was raised through a silent auction, and that amount was matched dollar for dollar by Credit Union 1. The Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers announced the recipients of its 2015 Design Excellence Awards, recognizing excellence in interior design. Honor awards go to the Boney Courthouse Remodel and Addition in Anchorage by Dana Nunn of Kumin Associates, Inc. and the Glenn Massay Theater in Palmer, also by Nunn of Kumin Associates. Merit Awards were awarded to the 6th Floor Tenant Improvement in Anchorage by Natasha Schmidt of RIM Design; the Katmai Oncology Group Integrative Services in Anchorage by Megan Taushek, also of RIM Design; and the Quyanna Care Center in Nome, by Nunn of Kumin Associates. Crowley Maritime Corporation’s David Ridge, director of marine operations, was presented with the 2014 Thomas Crowley award, the company’s highest honor, at a ceremony at the company’s Anchorage office. The exclusive employee recognition program was created in 1985 and recognizes employees who have aligned themselves closely with the company’s values, displaying outstanding performance, dedication, leadership, and initiative. The Association of Fundraising Professionals Alaska Chapter honored the following Alaskans for their commitment to bring about lasting community change at the 2015 Alaska Philanthropy Day Awards: Pogo Mine | Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC— Outstanding Cooperation; 2 Friends, A Most Unusual Gallery— Outstanding Small Business; Diane Moxness—Outstanding Philanthropist; Diane Mucha—Outstanding Volunteer; William Scannell IV—Outstanding Youth; and Beth Johnson— Outstanding Professional. Apache Alaska received a prestigious Pinnacle Award for the logo design of its signature fundraising event, the Apache Rainbow Challenge. The Alaska Chapter of the American Marketing Association presented the award. MSI Communications of Anchorage designed the logo.

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