Alaska Massage Clinic and the ECHO News have teamed up to give back to some good people doing great things.
Each month we present one of these outstanding people with a check for $500.
This month our winner is Gail Patarini.
Gail Patarini is a good person who does great things. Not for the pat on the back, not for fanfare and thanks, but just because it’s in her nature.
Upon entering Eagle River Elementary School, you may catch a glimpse of Gail in the office dressed as a crazy chicken or maybe as a clown roaming the halls. Gail’s costumes make everyone smile, and that is her intent. If costumes aren’t enough to lighten your mood, her contagious cackle is bound to do the trick.
More than one person explains her as someone who can handle anything that comes her way. She goes above and beyond for those in need, be that a student, parent or teacher. Front office duties fill her day, but you may just as easily find her filling in as a crossing guard, band-aid distributor, or lunchroom peacekeeper.
Gail is more than just a do-gooder at school; she has a bit of a passion for a project coined Pennies for Patients.
Pennies for Patients raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which supports people with blood diseases, their families, and finding cures.
Gail spends much of her time collecting thousands of pennies each year for donation. She has run silent auctions, school donation programs, and recently had a booth at the ECHO Fall Festival with the proceeds going to the LLS. She has a vested interest in fighting this cause she holds close to her heart.
When she was presented with the $500 check, she was surprised and happy, and within about 5 seconds said that it would be going right to the donation basket.
Because that’s just the kind of person she is.