Recap of the 2018 Alaska Awards Dinner

Posted on August 17, 2018

The 2018 Alaska Awards Dinner, held August 14 in Anchorage at the historic Hotel Captain Cook, was at its heart, about “causes bigger than yourself”, as Admiral Karl Schultz so aptly shared during his remarks.

Coast Guard Foundation board member Wally Hickel, Jr., who first founded the Alaska Awards Dinner in 1998, was recognized for his service to the organization and the United States Coast Guard. His two decades of service were acknowledged by many in the room, including Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Group.

“Since you started this bi-annual Foundation dinner here in Anchorage, you and your fellow dinner committee members have raised $2 million for the Coast Guard Foundation. You have been unwavering in your commitment to the Foundation and the United States Coast Guard… You have given generously and quite simply put, the Coast Guard Foundation Alaska Awards Dinner would not be possible without you, Wally,” remarked Kruse.

In 2010, Hickel was recognized for his support of Coast Guard service members with a Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award.

After more than 20 years at the helm, Mr. Hickel is stepping aside and Ken Gill, Vice President Matson Alaska will assume the duties of dinner chairman for the next event in 2020.