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Alaska Children’s Services will announce new name at Flag Day BBQ

Anchorage–The public is invited to join Alaska Children’s Services at its annual Alaska Flag Day barbecue, Tuesday, July 9. The event will be held at its facilities at 4600 Abbott Rd. from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a special announcement at 6:15 p.m., when Alaska Children’s Services will officially unveil its new name: AKChild & Family.
 
The name change is intended to reflect the mission of the organization, which serves the whole family, as well as avoid confusion with other organizations. Alaska Children’s Services shortens to ACS, resulting in frequent calls from the public looking for the phone company. People also confuse the agency with the Office of Children’s Services, or OCS. ACS is not affiliated with OCS or the State of Alaska.
 
“In our 123 years of serving Alaska families, we have evolved. Our name should reflect that,” President and CEO Denis McCarville said. “We want families in need to reach out to us, not be scared by us.”
 
Special guests at the barbeque include celebrity ice cream scoopers Sen. Bill Wielechowski, former Sen. Arliss Sturgulewski, Foraker Group President and CEO Dennis McMillian, and Bagoy’s Florist owners Randy and Chanda Mines. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is the event’s honorary chair.
 
Admission to the event is $5 for individuals, $20 for families. Parking and shuttle services will be available at Service High School.
 
Alaska’s Flag Day has special meaning to Alaska Children’s Services. Benny Benson, designer of the Alaska state flag, grew up at the agency’s original mission, the Jesse Lee Home. Founded in 1890 in Unalaska, the Jesse Lee Home moved to Seward in 1925, expanding its services and becoming Alaska Children’s Services in 1970.
 
Alaska Children's Services brings hope to troubled young lives through a broad range of mental health services including residential treatment, community programs, and foster treatment homes. Originally founded as the Jesse Lee Home in 1890, Alaska Children’s Services has been caring for Alaska’s young people for 123 years.

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