Evening by the River

Evening by the River

Thursday, June 11th, the who’s who of the Central Peninsula donned their favorite apparel for an “Evening by the River”, the 7th Annual Fundraiser for the Central Peninsula Health Foundation (CPHF), featuring the “World’s shortest auction!” The first Evening by the River started out at Soldotna Creek Park under tents and perfect blue skies, “It was a beautiful summer evening on the banks of the Kenai River and gave us the opportunity to host a unique evening with excellent food and inspirational speakers and celebrities like cancer survivor and Iditarod champion Lance Mackey. And it gave us a chance to let local residents know about what the Foundation does and our purpose,” said CPHF board president and one of the 5 CPHF co-founders Ed Krohn.

“After a couple of events with inclement weather we decided to move the event inside but stick with the same theme and have an event where we can honor students in pursuit of a career in the medical field with scholarships named after the Peninsula’s first doctor, pioneer Dr. Paul Isaak. This year we had 80 attendees and raised over $25,000 with our world’s shortest auction. The event was catered by Kenai Catering and the Duck Inn provided the refreshments,” said Krohn.

Winners of this year’s $1,000 Dr. Isaak Scholarships were Ali Dusek, SoHi graduate, and Jenna Hansen, Nikiski Jr/Sr High grad. Table sponsors this year included Ed and Lila Krohn, Sky Carver, Dave and Jane Stein, CPH Emergency Room Physicians, Wells Fargo, Skagit Radiology, Peninsula Radiation Oncology and Zan, Inc., according to CPHF executive director Kathy Gensel. “The Central Peninsula Health Foundation was incorporated as a 501c3 in 2005 by a group of longtime peninsula residents who wanted to create a local charity dedicated to improving access to quality health care here. CPHF is responsible for building philanthropic support for the benefit of our patients, Serenity House clients, Heritage Place residents and our communities,” said Gensel. “Our Mission is to support Central Peninsula Residents by Seeking Innovative Partnerships and Creating Resources for the Health and Wellness of Our Communities. Our Vision is to become the clearinghouse for philanthropic support for health and wellness programs serving our community residents.”

Two of the unique items that went up on the world’s shortest auction block were a birch burl bowl and walking stick made by legendary carver Roy Baldwin “The Willow Picker” who recently passed away from cancer. Dr. Bucci was the winning bidder on a large bottle of wine that brought $1100.00.

Karen Encelewski, Dr. Isaak’s eldest daughter told some inspiring stories of her father and early life on the Kenai as a homestead kid. For more information about the Central Peninsula Health Foundation go to www. Givingheals.org. Since its inception the Health Foundation has raised over $3,000,000 due to the generosity and vision of local community members.

Evening by the River
Evening by the River
Evening by the River
Evening by the River

More in News

In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, U.S. Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican, speaks during a ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska. The longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House is appearing in a new round of ads urging Alaskans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Ads featuring Young are being paid for by the Conquer COVID Coalition, Young spokesperson Zack Brown said by email Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
Young urges vaccination in new ads

Young, 88, “believes the vaccines are safe, effective and can help save lives.”

A portable sign on the Sterling Highway advertises a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinaton booster clinic held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
What you need to know about boosters

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility explained

Damage in a corner on the inside of the middle and high school building of Kachemak Selo School Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Repair costs rise as school facilities deteriorate

About $420 million worth of maintenance is needed at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District buildings.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell (center) presents Wildlife Trooper Laura Reid (left) with a Life-Saving Award for her efforts in rescuing a child from the Kenai River offshore of North Kenai Beach this summer, during a ceremony held by Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Oct. 13, 2021. Reid and Kenai River dipnetter Antoine Aridou (far right) rescued the 12-year-old on July 29, 2021. (Photo provided by the Office of the Governor)
Governor recognizes dipnetter, trooper for summer rescue

Wildlife Trooper Laura Reid received a Life-Saving Award and Antoine Aridou received a Governor’s Commendation.

COVID-19 (Image courtesy CDC)
State reports 3 more COVID deaths, more than 900 cases

The newly reported deaths push Alaska’s total to 594 COVID fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.

In this July 1908 photograph provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office, the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear sits at anchor while on Bering Sea Patrol off Alaska. The wreckage of the storied vessel, that served in two World Wars and patrolled frigid Arctic waters for decades, has been found, the Coast Guard said Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office via AP)
Coast Guard: Wreck found in Atlantic is storied cutter Bear

The ship performed patrols in waters off Alaska for decades.

The Federal Aviation Administration released an initiative to improve flight safety in Alaska for all aviation on Oct. 14, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
FAA releases Alaska aviation safety initiatives

The recommendations, covering five areas, range from improvements in hardware to data-gathering.

Most Read