Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls–Clubs Alaska recognized six youth heroes as part of the 2012 Summer of Heroes program. Alaska Communications presented each hero with a $1,500 scholarship during a ceremony at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Aug. 26. This year’s honorees are (from left) Shaylee Rizzo of Kenai, Stacey Garbett of Fairbanks, Regan Fitzgerald of Anchorage (represented by her mother, Laura Fitzgerald), Keefer Brown of Wasilla, Julia Gebert of Anchorage and Courtney Stroh of Kenai. Read the winners’ full biographies at http://www.alaskacommunications.com/summerofheroes.
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Tim Dillon of Seldovia is the new president of the board of directors for Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska. Dillon has been a member of the Team Alaska Board of Directors since 2007. Dillon is the City Manager of Seldovia, and brings more than three decades of experience in the sports and entertainment field. He served as general manager at the 2006 Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula, which is still considered one of the most successful events in the 30-year history of the games. Born and raised in the New Jersey area with a master’s degree in administration, Dillon came to Alaska in 1992, and held the role of Athletic Director and Vice Chancellor of University of Alaska Anchorage until 1999. He has chaired or attended to 14 different NCAA committees, including the NCAA council, and is the past president of the Pac West Conference.
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by Annie Drury – For Alaska Communications
Alaska Communications announced the 2012 Summer of Heroes honorees yesterday at the Alaska State Fair. The Summer of Heroes program is a partnership between Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska to honor Alaskan youth who are making a difference in their communities. Each of the six heroes, five from the general program and one from the employee program, received a $1,500 scholarship. This year’s recipients included Keefer Brown, a Wasilla youth who spends his summers in Seldovia.
Passionate about marine biology and paleontology, Keefer Brown hopes to someday follow in the steps of his hero, the famous aquatic explorer Jacque Cousteau, and learn how to protect the Alaska coastline.
Keefer first fell in love with Alaska’s harbor seals during an overnight school trip to the Alaska Sea Life Center (ASLC). There he learned about their playful nature and began to connect with these friendly sea creatures on a deeper level. Keefer decided to raise $50 so he could adopt and protect a harbor seal for the center’s SeaStar program.
All summer Keefer tirelessly hunted for shells and found objects along the Seldovia beaches near his grandparents’ cabin to decorate and sell beautiful candles. Word spread of his efforts to help the seals, and soon his fundraising topped $2,300. With this donation designated to support the sea animal rescue program, Keefer got to name the first seal pup born at the ASLC.
He dubbed her Kordelia, which means “jewel of the sea.” These days Keefer continues to sell candles to raise money to support the ASLC’s rehabilitation and care of sea animals. He is also a Boy Scout and participates on the Science Olympiad team at Deland Middle School.
Keefer observes that people are often surprised someone so young would be interested in protecting the marine environment, but volunteering in the community just makes sense to him. He doesn’t think of himself as a hero, and says he’s “doing what he can” and he “just wants to help.”
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Check out this article in the Wall Street Journal recognizing our very own Keefer Brown, summer resident in Seldovia, as he is honored for a National Spirit of Community Award recognizing youth volunteers throughout the nation! Congratulations to Keefer!
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