Five lucky Alaskans who made charitable donations through Pick.Click.Give. were selected as the winners of the 2018 Double Your Dividend (DYD) sweepstakes. Of the more than 23,000 people who made Pick.Click.Give. pledges, five were chosen at random to win a prize equal to the 2018 dividend amount ($1,600) to distribute to up to four Pick.Click.Give. nonprofits of their choice.
Each winner has a special plan for their award; some chose to give the entire amount to a nonprofit of their choice while others wanted to spread it around as much as possible. In the case of Sheri Layral of Fairbanks, her choice was about giving back to an organization who has given much to her. “The University of Alaska has been a part of our family’s life since I first attended in 1970 and met my husband, Andre’. Both of us have earned our bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Alaska. I worked for the University for over 33 years and both our children attended the University. We recognize the importance of scholarships for today’s students. But to me, designating this DYD to UAF programs isn’t just supporting students – it’s supporting family,” explained Sheri, a PCG donor since the program’s inception in 2009.
Other donors, like Cynthia Adams of Haines and Kari Mohn of Kenai, see DYD as a way of stretching their annual giving. Kari Mohn from Kenai is splitting her award between Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and Tsalteshi Trail Association, where she has led a women’s snowshoe and hiking group for over 20 years. She is no stranger to giving back, including with her time. “I am a volunteer at the Kenai United Methodist Church Food Pantry each week. The Food Pantry is a member agency of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Our Food Pantry acquires much of the food we distribute to community members through the Food Bank. By using the Food Bank, we are able to make our donation dollar stretch,” said Kari. Cynthia Adams of Haines finds the PCG program to be an important part of her philanthropic giving. “As a commercial fisherman this can be challenging for me during the summer, therefore donating part of my permanent fund is an important practice. In rural Alaska sharing, donating and helping locally are ways we can positively interact and affect the communities that support us,” said Cynthia.
From left: Kari Mohn in front a Tsalteshi Trail sign, a collage of kelsey Powell’s favorit furry friends, and a shot of Cynthia Adams enjoying the great sights her hometown has to offer.
Another winner wanted to use the money to address singular issues in the state. Kelsey Powell of Wasilla is “splitting the prize money between four animal rescue nonprofits that are important to me. First, is Bethel Friends of Canines. Bethel is my hometown and this rescue does great things for animals in rural Alaska. Second, is Clear Creek Cat Rescue. CCCR does so much to help kitties in Alaska, and I have a wonderful cat from them. Third is the Alaska Humane Society Adopt a Cat Shelter, which is an amazing open floor plan cat shelter in Anchorage. The fourth rescue I am awarding prize money to is Mojo’s Hope, which is a rescue group dedicated to helping animals with special needs.”
Wendy Wagner is focusing on basic need groups. Half of her gift is going to Catholic Social Services, who runs several prominent programs in Anchorage, including Clare House, Brother Francis Shelter, and the Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) program. Her goal is to support organizations who “provide a vital service in our community by giving a helping hand to those in need. I would also love to send support to children who desperately need a home through the Beacon Hill program. I feel these programs are a few of the many that truly help enrich our wonderful community.”
For more information or to arrange interviews with Double Your Dividend sweepstakes winners, contact: Jessie Lavoie, Pick.Click.Give. Program Manager at The Alaska Community Foundation.
• Sheri Layral of Fairbanks
• Kelsey Powell of Wasilla
• Kari Mohn of Kenai
• Cynthia Adams of Haines
• Wendy Wagner of Anchorage
• Alaska Humane Society Adopt a Cat
• Beacon Hill
• Bethel Friends of Canines
• Catholic Social Services Brother Francis Shelter Clare House
• Chilkat Valley Community Foundation
• Clear Creek Cat Rescue
• Hospice of Haines
• Kenai Peninsula Food Bank
• KHNS FM radio
• Mojo’s Hope
• Tsalteshi Trail Association, Inc
• University of Alaska Foundation
Please note: 2018 is the last year for The Double Your Dividend Sweepstakes program.