16th Annual Event Celebrates
November 15, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - Celebrating sobriety and a healthy way of
living to address alcoholism, the 16th Annual Sobriety Celebration
will be held at the Ted Ferry Civic Center on Friday, November
16th. Honorary speakers will share their personal stories of
how they became sober, their challenges and successes.
The Sobriety Celebration will
begin with an AA meeting at 12 noon, a light lunch, followed
by other activities throughout the day including a staking ceremony,
and dance group performances. A turkey dinner will begin at
5 pm. Participants are requested to contribute to the dinner
by bringing potluck salads & desserts.
Thurston Ketah, founder of
Ketchikan's Sobriety Celebration, said that he came up with the
idea of a local celebration after he heard about a sobriety celebration
program in Anchorage. He thought, "Why can't we have one
Thurston has been sober 16 years. It has been a challenge along
the way but Thurston said by staying busy he's been able to focus
on his sobriety and the sobriety of others. Thurston credits
his sponsor Ernie B. with helping him to live a sober life.
To-date, Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC), Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska
Native Sisterhood (ANB/ANS), the City of Ketchikan and the U.S.
Coast Guard are helping to sponsor the 16th Annual Sobriety Celebration
event. A&P, Tatsuda's and Safeway have also contributed
generously to the event.
Asked if he needs help with anything else for this year's celebration,
Thurston said, "We need local community members to bring
potluck dishes and to share in this celebration."
The Sobriety Celebration will begin at noon on Friday, November
16th at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Dinner will be at 5 pm. The
event will end around 9 pm after dance group performances by
three local Native dance groups.
All are welcome.
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