Letter to the editor: Thanks to supporters for Caribou Hills military event

The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers recently hosted a group of servicemen and women from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson BOSS Program (Better Opportunities for Single Servicemen) at Freddie’s Roadhouse for the 3rd annual Military Appreciation Weekend. This group of soldiers was treated to guided snow machine rides in the Caribou Hills, meals and lodging on March 10th and 11th. They also participated in the drag races which are held every weekend at Freddie’s Roadhouse.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers, I would like to thank all of the people who have helped make this event such a success: Freddie & Emily Pollard & Freddie’s Roadhouse staff – Chris & Steve Calabrese, Sam Clucas, Emy Ridenour, and Nic Roberts; Fred Pollard, Jr., Shelly Pollard, Sheila Best, & Will Hubler – for getting snow machines ready for us & running the military heat in the drags; CHCH members who acted as tour leaders & “tail gunners” & also helped to rescue the machine which spent the night in a swamp – Chris & Samantha Jones, Bill Lopeman, Russ Rosin, Del Sanders & Vicki Shillam, Ted & Elaina Spraker, Bob & LaDonna Walker, Bob & Ruby Windsor, and Randy Wheeler; CHCH members who donated snacks & supplies for the goodie bags for our soldiers – Shari Blackman, Sam Jones, & Shelley Ramsey; CHCH Board of Directors and members for financial support – Jeff & Melanie Leete, Sam Jones for the Conoco-Phillips Grant, Freddie & Emily Pollard & Freddie’s Roadhouse, and the CHCH Board of Directors for allocating funds for this event; CHCH Grooming Coordinator Gary Eoff who plowed the parking area of the lodge and cabins to ensure easy access for everyone and all the grooming crew for the excellent condition of the trails; and finally to our soldiers who came for a great time (we love our new/old friends!) – Mitchel Baxter, Joel Bonilla, Chris Conrad, Krystal Cox, Joseph Feola, Michael Forlife, Raul Martinez, Colton Patton, and Phillip Richter. We had an amazing time and some great adventures with these wonderful young people and are looking forward to seeing them again! Thanks everyone for all the help and for giving our soldiers some wonderful memories.

Dave Ramsey

Military Appreciation Event Coordinator

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