Dinner Honors U.S. Coast Guard


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This weekend marks the 25th annual Coast Guard Appreciation dinner, hosted by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday, folks will fill the Harbor Convention Center to honor and show their appreciation for the men and women who serve the community through the U.S. Coast Guard.
Summer Wood is the community relations director for the Chamber and said the event typically brings in a good crowd and local chefs provide food for attendees.
“During the dinner we will hear from Senator Gary Stevens, Mayor Pat Branson, Mayor Jerrol Friend. We’ll also be hearing from John Whiddon – he’s also going to be speaking about the Coast Guard Foundation and what the Coast Guard Foundation does for the Coast Guard. And we’ll also be hearing a testimony from someone who was medevac’d here in September, she wants to show her appreciation for the Coast Guard.”
Wood said various captains and commanders from the Coast Guard will also speak throughout the evening.
Tickets are still on sale for $50, which covers the cost of one civilian and one enlisted member. Wood said the goal is that no one from the Coast Guard will have to pay for their dinner that evening. Likewise, raffle tickets will be given to enlisted members for door prizes, which have donated by local businesses and organizations.

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