Contributed by Denise Statz
In Palmer, when great things happen, it is because many hands come together to make light work!
Who Let The Girls Out – from inception to the last door closing late in the evening – is the product of many engaged and dedicated individuals.
This year new events (including a fabulous fashion show and a city wide quilt show) and new businesses (including Bleeding Heart Brewery, Optimum Performance Chiropractic, AK Frayed Knot, KC’s Corner, Palmer Picasso, Charlotte’s Flowers, Artists Uncorked and Car Deets) combined forces with long established neighbors MTA, MVFCU, Valley Hotel and Colony Inn, numerous retailers, restaurants and agencies throughout town to throw a party not soon to be forgotten.
Thanks to all who contributed, participated and continue to come together to demonstrate that Palmer truly is “Alaska At Its Best” and a true destination.
In addition to our participating businesses, this year’s event couldn’t have happened without the valuable contributions of the following sponsors and supporters.
• 125 W. Evergreen
• 95.5 Hatcher Pass Radio
• Arkose Brewery
• Barbara Hecker and Gerri Keeling, Historians
• City of Palmer Representatives Mayor DeLena Johnson, Councilwomen Edna DeVries and Linda Combs for the extra measure of support and encouragement they provided.
• Country Legends 100.9
• Dr. Susan Dean, Mat-Su Plastic Surgery
• Erik Christensen, State Farm Insurance
• First Student
• Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce
• Inked Fox - Brittney Kauffman
• Jeanette Gardiner, SeaStar Strategies
• Dr. Kara Reynolds at Lodestar Family Eye Care
• Make A Scene
• Mariah Johnson, Caricature Artist Extraordinaire
• Mat-Su Running Club/Valley Women’s Running Team
• Mat-Su Senior Services
• NESSE Photography
• John Lee, New Horizons Telecom, Inc.
• Northern Industrial Training
• NorthStar Bakery
• Dr. Jill Valerius at NOW Health
• Palmer Museum
• Quilt of Valor Foundation, Valley Quilters Guild, Patti Dubler and Luna’s Magic Quilts
• Radio Free Palmer
• Richard Best for stepping up and stepping in when there were dirty little tasks that needed to be completed and time had run out
• Silva Insurance
• Stanley & Lisa Marquiss
• The Big Guy Whose Name Will Go Unspoken
• The Coffee Roastery
• The Frontiersman
• The UPS Store, Palmer
• Usibelli Coal
• Valley Arts Alliance
• Wishing Wellness
Helping to set the stage for an exciting and fun day for passengers on the inaugural Who Let The Girls Out event train on the Alaska Railroad were a group of hostesses chosen for their vibrant personalities and knowledge and dedication to Palmer. They ensured everyone on board was equipped with a schedule of events, gift bags and refreshments to make the most of their day in downtown Palmer. A BIG thank you to these Palmer ladies:
• Kalea Meyers
• Sabrena Combs
• Cassi Campbell
• Lynn Simpson Frisby
• Diane Hodgson
• Linda Kelly
• Pamella Meekin
• Robyn Cassarra
The events of the day were made complete with lively performances by many musicians who entertained the crowds at various locations throughout the day. A special thanks to Tim Carrick and LaMarr Anderson, also known as the “NonEssentials cellists.”
And last, but certainly not least, a HUGE thank you to all of the ladies that return to downtown Palmer year after year, especially for Who Let The Girls Out. Your laughter, friendships, participation and support of local businesses encourages us to go even bigger and better in 2017!
Denise Statz, on behalf of the Downtown Palmer Merchants Association
P.S. Loren Statz you are a wonderful man.
Contributed by Denise Statz