To the editor:
I would like to thank everyone who planned and attended the benefit for me at the Monte Carlo.
Thanks to many people and businesses who donated prizes to the benefit: Michigan Technological University, Ice Station, Pam Kirk, Gino's, Randy McKay, Surplus Outlet, Tropical Escapes, Freda Cliffs Bed and Breakfast, Terry Koskela, Vollwerth's, Hancock Bottling, Scooter Aldrich and USA Hockey, Cheryl Petrilius, Shelley and Jeff Farry, Lonely Woods Cabins and Ted Monticello, Expressions, Kukkakauppa Flower Shop, Jeff Finger, ReMax, Ron and Sue Antila, Monticello's Grocery, Gerry Harry, Lauri and Steve Kneebone, Waterfront Restaurant, Snap Fitness, San Jose Sharks and Mike Aldrich, Bill and Patt Stark, Hairsmiths and all their stylists, Center Ice, Schmitz Corner Bar, Paul Stark, Finlandia University, Jet Lucchesi, Peterlin and McCabe Distributing, Oscar Parson, Copper Country Youth Foundation, Mary Norka, Quincy's Restaurant, North End Framing, Randy Wakeham and the Agate Pickers, Superior National Bank and Trust Department, Brian Hannon, Library Bar, Danielle Bennet, Alane and Jeff Isaacson, Mine Shaft, MTU coaches, Dirk Hembroff and WKMJ 93.5 FM The Mix and all the people who donated but wished not to be mentioned.
Special thanks to my friends and family who helped plan this benefit. Thanks for sticking by my side and helping me out in many different ways: Annette and Greg Tchida, Jerry and Kathy Norkol, Mary Norkol, Carol and Jimmer Sten and family, Carol Vader, my mom, dad and Mary Jo, Ginger and Bob Perrault, Jill Fallon, Marylou Witting, Arlene Ruohonen, Pam Givens, Kathy and Joe Marino, Alane and Jeff Isaacson, Mary Norkol, Guido and Barb, Brian and Bruce Townsend, Tara Dulong, Bink Moyle and Jodie Mikesch.
Thanks to the Monte Carlo and their staff and to the MTU coaches who came out and were "celebrity bartenders" and to all who made food and The Daily Mining Gazette.
The benefit was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated. Words cannot express how greatly I appreciate everyone's generosity and how grateful I am to live in such a great community.
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