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Alaska Flag Day 2016!

For 24 years, AK Child & Family has celebrated the birth of Alaska’s State Flag with a fun filled evening of BBQ, ice cream, live music and more. Below is everything you need to know about this year’s event!

Benny Benson was a student growing up at the AK Child & Family Jesse Lee Home when he won a design contest for a flag to represent the territory of Alaska—he was just 13 years old at the time. The first Alaska flag was raised over the Home on July 9, 1927 and 70 years later, in a bill written by Senator Arliss Sturgulewski, the Alaska Legislature declared July 9th to be Alaska Flag Day.

Many changes have taken place over the years. Following the 1964 earthquake the Home moved to Anchorage in 1966 and became Alaska Children’s Services in 1970. In 2013, Alaska Children’s Services changed its name to AK Child & Family to better embody its focus on the importance of family. Despite these changes, Benny Benson’s design still flies over our state and we continue to provide the highest quality care to Alaska’s young people.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Mike MacDonald Partnership in Treatment Fund. This unique program ensures that children in need of our services will not be turned away due to an inability to pay.

This year, our annual Alaska Flag Day celebration will be taking place on Saturday, July 9th at our Jesse Lee campus: 4600 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507 from 5:30-8:30PM. FREE parking is available at Service High School with a shuttle to the event.
Tickets are just $5/individual and $20/family of any size! Tickets are available for purchase online here: until Wednesday, July 6th and will also be available for purchase at the door on the night of the event!
Live music by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra's Glacier Brass Quintet begins promptly at 5:15PM and a brief program will begin at 6PM. Admission includes BBQ dinner, ice cream, games, face painting, balloon tying, clowns and access to our information and merchandise tables. Bring the whole family for an evening of great food and entertainment in the midst of our beautiful Alaskan summer!

We have received notice of a last minute closure on Abbott Road this weekend. While we had been advised there were no plans to close down any portion of the road on Alaska Flag Day, Dept. of Fish & Game have a need to do so. Road closure is expected from 9pm Friday July 8 until 5am Monday July 11. Detours via Dowling/Elmore or O’Malley/Birch will be necessary to get to/from Service High School to park for our event.

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