Teenage girl gets Iditarod wish granted with help from Donlin Creek LLC
March 2, 2011 - Anchorage, Alaska - Donlin Creek LLC is helping make wishes come true.
Since Stephanie Hogan was a little girl, she had a dream to go to Alaska, watch the Iditarod and
meet the popular sled dogs. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and
Donlin Creek LLC, Stephanie will travel with her family from her Renfrew, PA home to
Anchorage this week to watch the race from the best vantage point available - right behind a
sled dog team.
Each year, the Iditarod Trail Committee holds an auction-style fundraiser, offering fans an
opportunity to enjoy the first leg of the race, approximately 11 miles, through Anchorage as an
IditaRider during the Ceremonial Start.
Earlier this year, Donlin Creek LLC announced a $285,000 sponsorship of the 2011 event. As a
principal sponsor, Donlin Creek LLC received one of the highly coveted IditaRider opportunities.
"When we learned that the Make-A-Wish Foundation could be bidding on an IditaRider spot to
make a wish come true, we immediately offered our position," said Donlin Creek LLC General
Manager Stan Foo. "We've always admired the very special work of the Make-A-Wish
Foundation and it's a pleasure to help."
Stephanie, who suffered from chronic kidney disease before having a kidney transplant last
August, will join Mike Williams Jr. for this year's ceremonial start on Saturday, March 5. She
will also hold the drawing mukluk at the Mushers Drawing Banquet while the mushers draw their
start position number. Stephanie will also join the other IditaRiders for a lunch with the mushers
two days prior to their ride and will have special access to the restart staging area on Sunday,
March 6 for the official restart in Willow, AK.
About the Donlin Creek Project
The Donlin Creek project is a large undeveloped gold deposit located 10 miles north of the
middle Kuskokwim River village of Crooked Creek and about 280 miles northwest of Anchorage.
The deposit is located on Native lands owned by The Kuskokwim Corporation (surface estate)
and Calista Corporation (subsurface estate). Extensive exploration and research estimates the
deposit to be at least 36 million ounces in measured and indicated gold resources. Should the
project be developed, it is estimated up to 3,000 jobs would be created during the 3-4 year
construction period and up to 1,000 jobs for the 25+ year life of the mine. Donlin Creek LLC is
equally owned by Barrick Gold U.S. Inc. and NovaGold Resources Inc. For more information
about the project, go to: www.donlincreek.com.