FAIRBANKS — The North Star Imagination Library recently hosted the 10th Annual Champions for Children Recognition Dinner at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge, honoring Anne Weaver, Marylee Bates and Anna Culley for their outstanding service to children in our community. This event serves as our main fundraising event and we are grateful to the many businesses and individuals that continue to support our effort to get books into the hands of our youngest children.

Table sponsorships provide as many as 222 books! Thank you to the following: Delta Kappa Gamma, NTL Alaska Inc., Seekins Ford, Mt. McKinley Bank, Denali Dental, Chena Kiwanis, WellFit, UA College Savings Plan, McKinley Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, SBS Retirement Consultants, North Pole Eyecare, Alaska Girls and Women’s Hockey and Wentz Orthodontics.

Thank you to following for donating items for the auctions: Trish Stark, Gloria Martin, Sue Johnson, Gari Bystedt, Sheryl Meierotto, Janet Johnson, Marlo’s Bakery, Cookie Jar, Barbie Howard, Eddie Fuentes, Kris Capps, Pam DeMerrit, Fairbanks Clean Pro, Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and Trax Outdoor Center.

Thank you to all those who helped the evening run smoothly: Mimi and Terry Chapin and Marty Baldridge for music, Becky Zaverl and her Denali School kindergarteners for singing, Imaya Feuntes and Brian Kuhn for sharing their stories, Michael Angaiak for presenting our Champions, Mayor Jim Matherly for auctioneering, Megan and Michael Dow for running the coat check, Kris Capps and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner for covering the event, Ursula and the Pike’s staff, and thank you so much to Jay Ramras!