2010 Event Donation

Inaugural ASTAR Raises More Than $25,000 for Wish Upon The North Star

Alaska State Troopers Adventure Relay organizers wrapped up the first year of the successful event by handing over the proceeds to ASTAR’s benefactor, the Wish Upon The North Star charity, on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. The fundraising efforts of the inaugural ASTAR exceeded organizers’ goal by more than 250 percent. Alaska State Troopers Director Col. Audie Holloway and ASTAR participants Fairbanks Police Officer Sgt. Jeromey Lindhag and Army First Lt. Aaron Anderson presented a check for approximately $25,300 to the charity’s Board of Directors at the Alaska State Trooper Headquarters in Anchorage.

ASTAR began in Fairbanks on Aug. 4, and finished more than 520 miles later in Seward on Aug. 7. In between were 27 legs, each with its own unique challenge along Alaska’s trails, roadways, railroads, lakes and rivers. The relay captures the spirit of determination to face the challenges on the trail, symbolizing the far greater challenges for those the event benefited.

The first-ever ASTAR was a success in not only bringing the state’s law enforcement community together, forging bonds with military members and enjoying some of the best that Alaska’s outdoors has to offer, but most of all, raising money to help Alaskan children with life threatening illness. ASTAR was organized by a handful of Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, employees and family members who volunteered their time to help a charity that will use 100 percent of the money for Alaskan children. Rich Owens, a member of WUNS Board of Directors, said the money will go toward granting the wishes for at least five Alaskan children, giving them and their families a much needed break from the constant battles they face while dealing with the adversities life has handed them.

State, federal, military and municipal law enforcement, corrections officers, retirees, employees and their families and the 6th Engineer Battalion from Fort Richardson divvyed up the miles between runs, hikes, mountain bikes, water rafting, kayaking and even a railroad hand cart to raise money for the Wish Upon The North Star charity. The event was supported by numerous organizations and volunteer groups as it wound its way across Alaska to help ensure proceeds go directly to WUNS.

Next year’s event is slated for the week of June 12-18, 2011.

For more information, got to the ASTAR website at www.alaskastar.org and the WUNS website at www.wishuponthenorthstar.com.

Courtesy ASTAR: Alaska State Troopers Director Col. Audie Holloway and ASTAR participants Fairbanks Police Officer Jeromey Lindhag and Army First Lt. Aaron Anderson presented a check for approximately $25,300 to the Wish Upon The North Star Board of Directors at the Alaska State Trooper Headquarters in Anchorage on Oct. 1, 2010. Pictured are (from left to right) Wish Upon The North Star Board of Director members Rich Owens, Reeni Calinoff and Ken Odsather, First Lt. Aaron Anderson of Fort Richardson, Fairbanks Police Officer Sgt. Jeromey Lindhag and AST Director Col. Audie Holloway. The first-ever ASTAR was a success in not only bringing the state’s law enforcement community together, forging bonds with military members and enjoying some of the best that Alaska’s outdoors has to offer, but most of all, raising money to help Alaskan children with life threatening illness. ASTAR was organized by a handful of Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, employees and family members who volunteered their time to help a charity that will use 100 percent of the money for the Wish Upon The North Star charity. Rich Owens, a member of WUNS Board of Directors, said the money will go toward granting the wishes for at least five Alaskan children, giving them and their families a much needed break from the constant battles they face while dealing with the adversities life has handed them.

For more information, contact Beth Ipsen at (907)347-0638.