Ted Stevens Day

In 2011, the Alaska State Legislature dedicated the fourth Saturday in July as Ted Stevens Day as a tribute to the Senator’s many contributions to our state. The Foundation, in keeping with the Senator’s mantra to “Get Out and Play,” organizes statewide events on Ted Stevens Day to provide opportunities for Alaskans to enjoy the outdoors in honor of Senator Stevens.

2017 Events

ACTIVITIES PLANNED TO CELEBRATE 7th ANNUAL TED STEVENS DAY ON JULY 22, 2017!

The Ted Stevens Foundation and Alaskans throughout the state are encouraging all Alaskans to “Get Out and Play” on Saturday, July 22, by hosting events in honor of the 7th annual Ted Stevens Day. In 2011, the Alaska Legislature designated the fourth Saturday in July each year as Ted Stevens Day, urging Alaskans to pause and remember Senator Stevens “amidst unparalleled beauty from majestic fjords and mountain peaks to salmon streams and fish camps.”

In Anchorage, Ted Stevens Day will be celebrated in partnership with the Arc of Anchorage, the Anchorage Park Foundation, the Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education, the Anchorage Public Library, Girl Scouts of Alaska and The Ted Stevens Foundation at Cuddy Family Park. Activities will begin at 12:00p with a free salmon burger lunch, music, entertainment, face painting, bounce houses, a Teddy Bear parade, and more. Play is for everyone. Through inclusive play, we create outdoor spaces that go beyond accessibility standards, where children and adults of all abilities can play together.

The Capital City Republicans invite you to join them for a celebration in honor of Senator Ted Stevens with Mayor Ken Koelsch on Saturday, July 22nd from 4-6pm at the Jorgensen House, 635 Alder Street.

Catch, Clean, and Cook on the Kenai River! Join the Kenai River Sportfishing Association in celebrating Senator Ted Stevens’ legacy with family fun at the Soldotna Creek Park. Activities include a parade, music, outdoor games, raffles, food and beverages. Event brings at 11am on Saturday, July 22nd.

The Girdwood Health Clinic is hosting free food and activities, including a fire truck tour, blood pressure checks, bean bag toss, art activities, music and more to honor Senator Ted Stevens and his legacy to Alaska. Senator Stevens wanted to insure that residents and visitors of Girdwood and the Turnagain Arm Area had a facility that could provide health care. With his help, the old post office was acquired with a grant from the Denali Commission. It is now the home of the Girdwood Health Clinic. Stop by the clinic from 11:00am-2:00 pm on Saturday, July 22nd

2016 Events

Anchorage Teddy Bear Picnic Celebrates Inclusive Play on Ted Stevens Day!

On July 23rd 2016 in Anchorage, the Ted Stevens Foundation is partnering with Parks for All, the Anchorage Park Foundation, ARC of Anchorage, Special Olympics, Healthy Futures, and others to host the inaugural “Teddy Bear Picnic.” Please join us for food and fun at Cuddy Park in Anchorage from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm as we celebrate inclusive play for children and adults of all abilities.

2015 Events

NOAA Fisheries to host Ted Stevens Day Open House at namesake research institute!

Juneau, AK — In recognition of Alaska Senator Ted Steven’s contributions to Alaska’s valuable fisheries, and to celebrate Ted Stevens Day, NOAA Fisheries will host an Open House Friday, July 24, 2:30-7 p.m. at the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute here in Juneau.

NOAA scientists will lead guided tours at the NOAA Fisheries Open House. The event will also feature exhibits on research projects at the lab, touch tanks, an appearance by Sammy the Sea Otter, as well as information booths hosted by Alaska seafood and fishing organizations, and other groups that work to protect Alaska’s fisheries and marine resources.

Participating organizations include: Alaska seafood marketing Institute, Oceana, United Fishermen, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Sitka Sound Science Center and USCG Coast Guard Auxiliary

In Fairbanks the Ted Stevens Day Presentation will begin noon at the Carlson Center. There will be a presentation about Senator Ted Stevens at the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Carlson Center. Stop by and see some historical photos and pick up your “Ted Stevens Day – Get Out and Play” T-shirt.

The Girdwood Health Clinic is hosting free food and activities, including a fire truck tour, blood pressure checks, bean bag toss, art activities, music and more to honor Senator Ted Stevens and his legacy to Alaska. Senator Ted Stevens wanted to insure that residents and visitors of Girdwood and the Turnagain Arm Area had a facility that could provide health care.

2014 Events

GET OUT AND PLAY! The Ted Stevens Foundation Partners with Non-Profit Organizations to Celebrate Fourth Annual Ted Stevens Day!

ANCHORAGE, AK – In celebration of the 4th annual Ted Stevens Day, the Ted Stevens Foundation has partnered with the Anchorage Community Land Trust and the Rasmuson Foundation to bring local youth to the 2014 Arctic Thunder Air Show on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

“In keeping with our theme of ‘Get Out and Play,’ the Ted Stevens Foundation is proud to partner with other Alaska non-profit organizations to provide an opportunity for local youth to participate in this fun Alaskan event. Senator Stevens worked tirelessly to ensure every Alaskan is able to experience all our great state has to offer, and we are pleased to continue this important legacy,” said Karina Waller, Co-Executive Director of the Ted Stevens Foundation.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Ted Stevens Foundation and the Rasmuson Foundation. This will be an exciting new experience for the kids to enjoy outside of their normal neighborhood activities,” said Anchorage Community Land Trust Executive Director, Jewel Jones.

Diane Kaplan, President & CEO of Rasmuson Foundation, added, “Among the many things for which Senator Ted Stevens was known, opportunities for kids and aviation stand out. We are happy to honor our great friend, the late Senator, to provide Alaska kids with a once in a life time opportunity to participate in the Alaska Air Show. We appreciate the efforts of the Ted Stevens Foundation and the Anchorage Community Land Trust.”

2013 Events

“Today was Ted Stevens Day, and to celebrate the memory and spirit of Alaska’s “Uncle Ted,” a Get Out and Play event was held at the Cuddy Family Midtown Park, kicked-off by the long-awaited, highly anticipated ribbon-cutting and inaugural play on Anchorage’s first Park for All, a Boundless play area that will provide an estimated 8,500 kids with disabilities in Anchorage with a place to play.

It was such a great way to honor Senator Ted Stevens, who, although into his 80s when I was in D.C., was still a legend for rigorous tennis matches and was well-known for being an avid outdoorsman.

Although I arrived too late for the ribbon-cutting, there are many pictures floating around of my friend Leah wielding a pair of gigantic scissors as her daughter, community leaders, and countless others look on, ready to PLAY. I’m so proud of Leah’s accomplishment (and all the people who helped make this park a reality!), and even more, am excited for all the kiddos who are going to love this playground!

Even though it was only open for a brief time today (there are still some final touches to be done – our week of rain set back the construction a bit!) it was swarmed, and kids won’t have to peer through the fence for much longer.

Elsewhere in Cuddy park, players could find basketball tosses, obstacle courses, hand cycles, a crazy hair tent, and a GIANT BUCKING SALMON (amongst all sorts of other fun things). Kids and dogs abounded. Photographs from Ted Stevens’ life were hung along the paths, and many people were sporting blue ribbons to honor our longest-serving senator, although I think the greatest honor was probably the sheer number of people who came out to play!

BY Gretchen Fauske on July 27, 2013

2012 Events

Anchorage Museum temporary exhibition organized in partnership with the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame and the Ted Stevens Foundation!

The exhibition will look at inspiring examples of Alaskan athletic achievements in the context of the Olympic Games, past, on-going, and future. The educational goal of the exhibit is to provide engaging insight into what it takes to become an Olympic athlete. The exhibition celebrates the role of Alaskans in the Olympic Games and seeks to inspire future generations of Alaskan sportsmen and sportswoman. July 13, 2012 – September 4, 2012

07.27.12  Senator Murkowski: Encourages Alaskans to Celebrate Ted Stevens Day!

Washington, DC – “Today, though, is about Senator Stevens’ deeply held belief in physical fitness. It’s appropriate that as we wake up from Friday night’s Olympic Opening Ceremonies – a cause that Senator Stevens was involved with – we take up activities that require a little sweat, a little effort, and maybe catching our breath afterwards. Whether you decide to walk, run, hike, climb, fish, bike or just play outside, I encourage you all to give a personal salute to the Alaskan of the 20th Century. We lost Uncle Ted nearly two years ago, but there is no statute of limitations on paying our respect to a man who meant so much to our state and made it what it is today. So today, for Senator Stevens and the entire Stevens family: Let’s get out and play!”

In cooperation with Progress Days in Soldotna Ted Stevens Day will feature a Concert in the Park at Soldotna Creek Park starting at noon following the parade down Binkley Street. “We’ll be celebrating Senator Steven’s dedication to public service, children, education, and his devotion to the Kenai River. There’ll be live music all day, family activities, and various booths including raffles, food and beverage,” said January Yaeger, event coordinator for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. Additionally the Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc. (KRSA) has partnered with the Peninsula Food Bank to make their traditional Hooked on Fishing rod give-a-way an “Uncle Ted’s Catch, Clean, and Cook,” event for kids 6-16 years of age. “Senator Steven’s got great pleasure presenting rods and reels to the kids in the Hooked on Fishing program so we felt what a better way to honor Ted’s contributions through the years then to provide rods and reels for kids in our Hooked on Fishing program on Ted Stevens Day and to enhance our efforts to get kids their own fishing equipment we decided to expand our focus and include an educational component.

“The Catch, Cook, & Clean” event is in partnership with Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, the ADEC, and Cooperative Extension Office, are all cooperating to teach individuals how to catch and then properly process and finally how to cook what you’ve caught,” added Linda Swarner of the Food Bank.

In looking forward to Ted Stevens Day July 28th, Peggy Arness who worked for the Senator in the Peninsula’s Congressional Delegation Office for 15 years says Senator Stevens was “One of Kind! I had three bosses Don Young, Frank Murkowski, and Ted Stevens and that was challenging they were all different but of equal positions, but Ted was one of a kind. I loved going with him to visit his constituents, he always listened and truly wanted to support the people and their needs. He always remembered people and would ask me how they were doing by name, he had a phenomenal memory and you could tell that people respected him for that and it’s his dedication to Alaska and our people that I’ll be remembering on Ted Stevens Day.”

2011 Events

The Alaska State legislature urged Alaskans to pause and remember Senator Stevens “amidst unparalleled beauty from majestic fjords and mountain peaks to salmon streams and fish camps.”  

Anchorage, AK— Events are scheduled this coming weekend in honor of Ted Stevens Day.  The Alaska Legislature this year designated the third Saturday in July each year as a day of remembrance and celebration in honor of Senator Ted Stevens. Ted Stevens served Alaska in the United States Senate for over 40 years.

In Anchorage, Senator Ted Stevens will be remembered at the Governor’s Picnic on the Park Strip with a booth.  Games, ice cream and commemorative pins will be distributed from 12-3pm.

On the Kenai Peninsula the “Ted Stevens Concert in the Park” will be held at the Soldotna Creek Park from 4-10pm. The event will headline Hobo Jim and Troubadour North, along with family activities all afternoon. In addition to fun and games, a beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Up in Fairbanks, “Jazz on the River” event will be held in remembrance of Ted’s love for jazz music. This reception will be held At Doyon Corporation Headquarters overlooking the Chena River from 4-6pm. Earlier in the week, the University of Alaska, will be celebrating the official opening of the Ted Stevens Gallery at the Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The opening will be Thursday July 21, at 6 pm

The Girdwood community is organizing a “Community Walk.” Come and enjoy a relaxing walk along the Senator’s favorite trails. Meet at the Winner Creek trailhead (adjacent to the Alyeska Tram Base) at 11 am. All levels of hikers are welcome.

The Mat-Su Valley community is having a family picnic from 1-4pm at the home of Janet Kincaid on Finger Lake. Bring the family and enjoy special guest speaker, Carol Gustafson, a former member of Senator Steven’s staff.

In Alaska’s capital city a family picnic will be held at Sandy Beach from 11am-1pm. Family fun & games, food, and lemonade will be available.