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Asset Builder of the Month: Monthly Grind


January 29, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - PATCHWorks has selected the Monthly Grind as the Asset Builder of the Month for January, 2007. PATCHWorks Director Karen Eakes said, "As a community organization, the Monthly Grind has become a valued source of entertainment for Ketchikan's families and provides opportunities to build developmental assets in Ketchikan's youth by including them in its monthly shows at the Saxman Tribal House. Whether they are participating as performers, hosts, volunteers, poster designers, or audience members, youth are made to feel welcome at the Grind."

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Karen Eakes and members of PATCHWorks present the Asset Builder of the Month for January 2007 to the Monthly Grind and honored its producers
Peggy Hovik, Tom LeCompte and Cherry Rice...
Photograph courtesy PATCHWorks

Eakes said, "By performing in the show, youth are exposed to the assets of Responsibility, Creative Activities, Personal Power and Self-esteem. Volunteering and working behind the scenes help youth learn the benefits of Service to Others, and meet the wonderful, responsible Adult Role Models who support them and make them feel welcome. Simply attending the Grind can expose young people to the assets of Cultural Competence and Interpersonal Competence as they socially interact with others. In addition, the Grind is an excellent example of how our Community Values Youth and encourages the asset of Family Support by providing an opportunity for families to enjoy evenings of fun and entertainment together."

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Monthly Grind producers Peggy Hovik, Tom LeCompte and Cherry Rice...
The wall hanging donated by the Rainy Day Quilters was part of the award.
Photograph courtesy PATCHWorks

The presentation, which included a lovely quilted wall hanging donated by the Rainy Day Quilters, was made during intermission at the Grind's spectacular show on January 20th.

The producers of the Grind, Peggy Hovik, Tom LeCompte and Cherry Rice, were honored, along with the many individuals and families that make this event happen month after month and year after year. These dedicated Grind volunteers make this intergenerational event possible. "They are supporting and empowering the younger generation of Ketchikan and making our community a better place to live," said Eakes.

Eakes said, "The Monthly Grind is a true community effort and PATCHWorks wants to thank and congratulate the Grind producers, hosts, performers, coordinators, volunteers and attendees for being powerful asset builders. "

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