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By Matt Gray
Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance 

RBCA thanks fundraiser participants

Letter to the editor


On Saturday, Nov. 3, RBCA held our sixth annual Beer and Wine Tasting Event. Hundreds of attendees came out to sample over 40 different beers, wines and meads. RBCA extends a huge thanks to all of the generous businesses and individuals who donated over 115 items for the silent auction. RBCA also sends appreciation to the small army of volunteers who were critical to making the event happen. More thanks go out to all of the brewers and vintners who contributed their great Alaskan-made products. Last but not least, we are grateful to the Alaska SeaLife Center for allowing us to hold this event in their fantastic facility.

In addition to Alaska’s beer and wine, the event included cooking competitions. Regional chefs created their specialty hors d’oeuvres while participating in the annual Chef-off competition. An esteemed panel of judges along with attendees from the community selected Chef Chris Rattaro of Jack Sprat from Girdwood as both the grand prize and peoples choice winner (earning a stay at the Alaska Wildland Adventures, Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge Retreat). Second place went to Seward’s own Alaska Culinary Academy’s Chef Chip Dunlap. Lisa Hartman took home the Best of Resurrection Bay’s Dessert Challenge title and attendees chose Aimee Leatherman for peoples’ choice. A grand time was had by all!

This year’s event brought in more out-of-town guests than any other year. Several hotels and B&B’s booked multiple rooms. We hope that this event continues to gain regional attendance and off-season support for our local economy.

Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance was launched in 2005 to enjoy and advocate for healthy water, land and air. Some of our current community projects and Seward Schoolyard Habitat Project, Citizens Environmental Monitoring Program, Air Monitoring Project, working on bear/human conflicts through the Seward Wildlife Conservation Community Program, Marine Debris & Watershed Cleanup Programs, and working to replace culverts that hinder fish passage. Please visit the new creek viewing deck that we recently installed on Scheffler Creek, just upstream from the new foot bridge and adjacent to the paved waterfront trail. To learn more about RBCA please visit

Again, RBCA wishes to express our sincere gratitude to all who contributed, donated, and attended our annual fundraiser.

—Matt Gray, Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance


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