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PRESS RELEASE REGARDING 2018 EVENT

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Special announcement from Ice Alaska 

The World ICE Association, d.b.a. Ice Alaska regrets to announce that we will not be producing the 2018 World Ice Art Championships, originally scheduled February  26 though March 17 , 2018.


This decision was not made lightly.  Many in the community remember that the Lodge building used as our primary office was destroyed by fire in December 2016.  At that time we made the decision to proceed with the 2017 event, because we already had artists and sponsors committed to an event, however the resulting event was not to the standards expected by our artists and volunteers.  


Ice Alaska has spent the summer reorganizing and rebuilding as a 100% all volunteer non-profit.  We fully intended to produce a 2018 Event, however after the loss of two major commercial donors, and our Title Sponsor slashing their support to a notable smaller amount, the Board of Directors needed to make a decision.  This week marked 100 days to the event, and both Artists and Volunteers who travel to Fairbanks for this event, need to finalize their travel arrangements.  


We made a promise to our Artists and Volunteers that we would only produce a quality event, to include adequate housing and quality food.  For that reason, we have decided that the organization is not financially prepared to produce a 2018 event.  We will instead focus on 2019 Event, and continue our membership team building.  Already we are receiving leads on potential major benefactors that can assist us with a 2019 event.  We will also research other venue options for hosting the World Ice Art Championships.  


To the donors who have already contributed to our 2018 Event, we sincerely thank you.  We will be contacting all 2018 Donors to offer return of contributions.  Meanwhile, as noted above, we will begin fundraising and planning for the 2019 Event.  


Ice Alaska began as a small event in 1989.  The organization has grown and shrunk over the years.  The work done by the Members involved with reorganizing Ice Alaska over this past summer has produced a solid organization, free of debt, and with policies and procedures to ensure that this organization remains strong.  We are confident that with the help of our Fairbanks Community, and our ability to qualify for State and Local Grant opportunities, we can produce a quality annual event to continue on for another generation.  

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