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In a feast fit for (many) kings, members of the Alaska-Hawaii Moose Association prepared 350 pounds of Alaskan halibut and 70 pounds of Red Kenai salmon for an Alaskan Fish Fry for the Mooseheart community.
The event was held Friday, November 9 and served nearly 350 Mooseheart students, employees and extended family members, in addition to Supreme Lodge employees and their families.
Eighteen members of the Alaska-Hawaii Moose Association, representing lodges in Anchorage, Palmer, Kenai, Fairbanks, Delta and Petersburg, traveled from Alaska to prepare and serve food for the event, which included fried halibut, smoked/baked red kenai salmon, 120 hamburgers and 47 pounds of hot dogs, macaroni salad, potato chips, soda/water and dessert.
“We began fishing in preparation for the event in May and continued through August,” said Ken Deitz, member of Anchorage, AK Lodge 1534 and Vice President of the Association.
Deitz and his wife Kim, a member of Anchorage, AK Chapter 139, along with Donald and Jean Snovel, members of Palmer, AK Lodge 793/Chapter 942, did all the fishing from their own boats with help from other members who assisted. Various other members and nonmembers, lodges and chapters also donated cash and halibut as well. Peninsula, AK Lodge1942/Chapter 1120 members Vicki Shillam and Del Sanders alone donated 70 pounds of salmon.
Deitz and Terry McIntosh, past president of the Alaska-Hawaii Moose Association and member of Anchorage, AK Lodge 1534, thought of the fish fry idea following their annual convention in March after Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler invited them to visit.
“On behalf of the entire Mooseheart community, I want to thank the Alaska-Hawaii Moose Association for their generosity and huge hearts,” said Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler. “When I attended their annual convention and invited them to campus to visit someday, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined this as the end result! The volunteer power needed to take this from simply an idea to reality cannot be overstated. It was nothing short of amazing!”
In total, the amount of food and donations for the event – a gift to the Mooseheart community from the Association- was more than $10,000. In addition, this amount does not include travel and lodging expenses incurred by each Association member.
Anchorage, AK Chapter 139 member Heather McIntosh said discussions are already underway for their next event.
“We’d like to do the Moosehaven Chili Cookoff next year and put our Alaskan spin on the recipes.”