Over $20,000 raised for the
Sara Schroeder Fund
By Marie L. Monyak
December 08, 2005
Ketchikan, Alaska - If there are eight million stories in the
naked city, then surely there were eight stories in Ketchikan
on Tuesday night, December 6th, the night of the Sara Schroeder
Fund Raiser at the Moose Lodge.
Photograph courtesy Kim Kirby
There was standing
room only at the Moose Lodge the night of the fundraiser as people
showed up to show their support for Schroeder, the young 19 year
old woman who has touched so many lives in Ketchikan.
The fundraiser organized and
coordinated by Wendy Walden and Angela Salazar, to benefit Schroeder,
was an outstanding success. Friends of Schroeder, and many
of her coworkers from Taquan Air, volunteered their time and
effort to ensure a lucrative event. There were many volunteers
that refused to give their names, preferring to remain anonymous,
determined to keep the focus on Schroeder.
The Moose Lodge donated the
use of their facility for the evening. Taquan Air, Food
Services of America, Cruise Line Agencies, Raven's Brew and the
Kayhi Culinary Arts class donated everything from the main course
and salad, to coffee and homemade bread. Linnie Effenberger
and Debbie Hoyt worked feverishly in the kitchen to prepare dinner
while countless volunteers worked their way through the maze
of people to serve everyone in attendance. More volunteers
materialized to clear the plates in preparation of the live auction,
while others were totaling the contributions from the dinner
which came to more than $4000.
II. Critical Care, Inc and Guardian Flight
Jason Harris, Michele Faust and Jason Cerovac, members of Guardian
Flight, were on hand to present certificates for free membership
to Critical Care, Inc, to Sara Schroeder and Kim Kirby.
From left to right:
Michele Faust, Kim Kirby, Cathryn Schroeder, Jason Harris.
Guardian Flight presented the membership certificate for
Critical Care, Inc to Kim Kirby and Sara Schroeder.
(Faust and Harris are staff of Guardian Flight.)
Photograph by Jason Cerovac, of Guardian Flight, Inc.
Critical Care, Inc is a working partner of Guardian Flight.
If Schroeder or Kirby should require a medevac by Guardian Flight,
they will not be billed beyond what their insurance pays. If
there is no insurance, the member will not be billed at all.
Accepting the certificate on
behalf of Schroeder was her grandmother, Cathryn Schroeder.
III. Kim Kirby
Owner of Southeast Sea Kayaks, live kidney donor, former
employer and best friend extraordinaire, all describe Kim Kirby
and her relationship to Schroeder. Wearing a sweatshirt
given her by the transplant team in Washington, Kirby points
out the simple embroidered message on the front; Got 2 Give 1
I'm a Living Kidney Donor. Throughout the evening, Kirby
could be heard repeatedly saying; "Got two, give one".
It has become her mantra; got two, give one, got two, give one.
When the time came for Kirby
to say a few words, she came up to the microphone, with obvious
determination to hold back her emotions, and informed all who
were gathered, about Schroeder's recent setback. The hush
that fell over the crowd was palpable. She went on to thank
everyone on behalf of Sara, the Schroeder family and herself.
It was apparent that she was trying to find the precise words
to convey the deep feeling of gratitude she has toward everyone
in Ketchikan and Metlakatla, for the kindness and generosity
that has been bestowed upon her and the Schroeder's.
When finished, Kirby asked
everyone to rise as she turned the microphone over to Shauna
Lee, who holding back her own emotions, gave a beautiful
rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.
IV. Sara Schroeder
On Friday, December
2nd, exactly one month after her kidney transplant surgery, Schroeder
underwent a second procedure. She had suffered from a rare
complication; the transplanted kidney was not fitting properly
in her body and needed to be moved. Her surgeon, who has
reportedly performed over 150 kidney transplants, has only had
this condition arise twice before.
This is Schroeder's second
operation, lasting six hours during which her new kidney had
to be removed and repositioned. Naturally, Schroeder's
return to Ketchikan will now be expected sometime in February,
instead of January, as earlier reported.
During dinner, everyone
had the opportunity to peruse the many items generously donated
by merchants, businesses and individuals. Attendees were
furiously writing down their bids on the silent auction items.
There were numerous treasures to be acquired by anxious bidders;
jewelry, art work, flight seeing, gift baskets and much more.
Once everyone was fed, their appetites satisfied,
the live auction got underway.
Dan Kelly filled the
position of auctioneer...
Photo by Marie L. Monyak
Shannon Kelly conducted the auction and kept up the pace, while
her husband Dan Kelly filled the position of auctioneer, seldom
pausing even for refreshment. Excited bidders eagerly made
offers on coveted merchandise. Numerous tools, a bicycle,
a two night stay at Yes Bay, and countless wonderful gifts were
won by lucky bidders. Kathy Graham, Margie Sweetman, Danita
Scott and several more volunteers moved through the crowd, showcasing
items and collecting money. A beautiful hand stitched quilt,
crafted by Schroeder's grandmother, Cathryn Schroeder, fetched
over $600. An acupressure massage was won for $300. A case
of wine was acquired for $500. Chocolate, coconut, strawberry
and various fruit pies, donated by Dockside Diner, went for unheard
of amounts, some as high as $175. Over sixty items were
won in the live auction and many more through bidding on the
silent auction. To the amazement of all involved,
the cumulative total of both auctions netted approximately $16,000!
VI. The Thousand Dollar Christmas Tree Skirt
This past weekend Kim Kirby amazed attendees at the Enchanted
Forest Dinner and Auction by wearing an embellished Christmas
tree skirt in place of the usual evening attire. When all
the decorated trees had been sold to the highest bidders, the
master-of-ceremonies introduced Kirby and explained to the audience
that a tree simply would not be complete without a beautiful
tree skirt adorning its base. Things began to get interesting
when the master-of-ceremonies began to auction the very skirt
that Kirby was wearing. Their idea turned out to be very
profitable indeed, when the sum collected for the "skirt"
totaled $700 for the Sara Schroeder Fund! The winning bidder,
Ed Schofield, re-donated the "skirt" to the December
Kim Kirby and the $1,000
Christmas Tree Skirt
Photo by Marie L. Monyak
During the live auction on
Tuesday evening, Kirby once again donned the Christmas tree skirt,
climbed on a chair, and related to the audience the tale of the
$700 "skirt". When finished with the telling,
she showed off her skirt by twirling and sashaying and then proceeded
to auction the "skirt" once again, this time collecting
$300. To date, the beautiful, embellished Christmas tree
skirt has earned $1000 for Schroeder! If anyone would
like to make it a $2000 "skirt", feel free to contact
Kirby at Southeast Sea Kayaks.
VII. Her Second Family
Since Sara Schroeder's illness, the people at Taquan Air
where Schroeder worked this past summer as a ticket agent have
become very much like a second family. Schroeder is everyone's
favorite sister or daughter. This was evident at the fundraiser
on Tuesday as many of the volunteers were from Taquan Air.
And it would have been impossible to miss the large group of
Taquan employees gathered around a table in the middle of the
room during the live auction. Digging deeper and deeper
in their pockets, oftentimes bidding far more than the retail
cost of an item, they demonstrated their generosity and feelings
for one of their own.
Sara Schroeder's sister
Lily, Grandmother Cathryn and Kim Kirby...
Photo by Marie L. Monyak
VIII. "We really are loved, aren't we?"
Tuesday night's fundraiser brought in an astounding amount,
over $20,000 for the Sara Schroeder Fund. The generosity
of the communities of Ketchikan and Metlakatla will likely never
be forgotten by Sara, her mother Amy, sister Lily, grandmother
Cathryn and Kim.
Not long ago, when Kirby was
at the University of Washington Medical Center with Schroeder,
the two were just chatting, as women often do. Kirby said;
"I was just telling Sara about the tremendous generosity
and kindness from all the people in Ketchikan and Metlakatla,
I was mentioning the donations, the phone calls, care packages,
even the hot meals delivered to my front door by well wishers,"
when Sara asked; "We really are loved, aren't we?"
Anyone who would like to make
a donation may do so by making a deposit by mail or in person
Key Bank - Sara Schroeder Fund
2501 Tongass Ave
Ketchikan AK 99901
Donations are also being accepted
at the Taquan Air office on Water Street.
A Gift of Life By Marie L Monyak...
SitNews - December 02, 2005
Marie Monyak is a freelance writer living in Ketchikan,
Contact Marie at email@example.com
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