Military Appreciation Weekend Sponsors

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

The Military Appreciation event would not be possible without the support and active participation of our sponsors. Please visit their websites to learn more about these organizations, agencies and businesses.

Crowley PetroleumCrowley Marine and Petroleum Services: Crowley has been a proud supporter of this event since its start in 2007. As a leader in Alaska petroleum distribution, they donate a generous budget to cover the fuel needed by the charter and private boats for the halibut fishing trip. This year, Crowley is celebrating 60 years in Alaska. From commercial deliveries to propane to home heating oil, Crowley proudly serves the petroleum needs of Alaskans with safe, reliable service. Since 1953, Crowly has provided marine, petroleum distribution and energy support services throughout Alaska, from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska, along the coast and into some of the most remote inland areas, Including communities along the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers. Crowley provides tanker escort and docking services in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company's Ship Escort/Response Vessel System (SERVS), utilizing some of the world's most powerful, technologically advanced tugboats.

Alyeska Pipeline Service CompanyAlyeska Pipeline Service Company: For nearly forty years, Alyeska has operated the 800-mile Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), safely moving oil from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska south to the Port of Valdez, the northernmost ice-free port in the United States. The pipeline traverses three mountain ranges, permafrost regions and 34 major rivers and streams. Alyeska personnel work in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Valdez and at pump stations and response facilities all along the pipeline. They also operate the Ship Escort/Response Vessel System (SERVS) for Prince William Sound. Alyeska was created to construct, operate, and maintain TAPS for owner companies which today are BP Pipelines (Alaska), ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska, ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, Unocal Pipeline Company, and Koch Alaska Pipeline Company. 

Pen AirPenAir was started by Orin Seybert in 1955 with one two-seat aircraft in Pilot Point, Alaska. Today, PenAir is Alaska's largest regional carrier 15 aircraft serving 36 communities in southwest Alaska. PenAir also serves three communities on the east coast of the United States as the provider of essential air service to those destinations. As a leader in aviation safety for small carriers, PenAir is proud to be a sponsor of Military Appreciation festivities in Valdez.

Valdez Elks Lodge

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The Valdez Elks Lodge #2537 is part of the national fraternal organization known as the Benevolent & Protective Order of the Elks. The Lodge also includes the Emblem Club #514. The Lodge has been in place in Valdez for decades and serves the community as a place for social gathering, but more importantly for charitable assistance for worthy individuals and organizations. The Elks & Emblem members are legendary in Valdez for their fundraising efforts for everything from local high school scholarships to victims of disaster. The Elks & Emblem also members work tirelessly to welcome people to the Valdez community. Military Appreciation is a priority for the Elks. They are proud to serve our military members during this special event.

Alaska RailroadThe Alaska Railroad began in 1904 as a private railway, eventually purchased by federal government as part of the route from coastal Alaska to the State's interior. The State of Alaska purchased the Railroad in 1985 and has run it like a private corporation since that time. The Alaska Railroad plays a major role in the state's transportation of goods and passengers (especially visitors sightseeing in Alaska). They are proud to be a part of Military Appreciation.

Prince William Sound Charter Boat Association

Prince William Sound Charter Boat Association

City of ValdezCity of Valdez: The City of Valdez gives a budget each year to cover any overage in fuel that is needed to support the Military Appreciation fishing boats taking out the deserving men and women that have returned from a war zone in the last couple of years. The City also covers all bait charges and is the major sponsor for the community fish fry and picnic.

Other Sponsors That Make This Event Happen:

Eagles Rest RV Park & CabinsChena RV Park

Bear Creek Cabins and RV Park

Elks #2537

Emblem #514

Eagles #1971 Aerie and Auxiliary

Valdez USCG

Valdez Fisheries Development Association

Alaska Halibut House

Providence Valdez Hospital


Art's Design

Valdez Prospector Outfitters

Valdez Fish Derbies

Bayside RV ParkPuddle Jumpers Saloon
US Army MWR Glacier CampgroundValdez Convention & Visitors Bureau