Combine 'leading by example' with Chugach Alaska Corporation’s (Chugach) Employee Core Behavior of 'We Build Community', and you’ve definitely got a winning formula, especially when it comes to fundraising for the Covenant House Alaska (CHA). That’s why a host of Chugach’s leadership team have signed up for the 2022 Great Alaska Sleep Out, with each pledging to spend a night outside to raise funds and awareness for the homeless and disadvantaged youth of Alaska.

This year, on the dark and cold evening of November 17th, the following Chugach executives have agreed to take off their corporate hats and don warm, winter beanies:

  • Sheri Buretta, Chugach Chairman
  • Josie Hickel, President of Chugach
  • Angie Astle, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Melanie Osborne, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal & Administrative Officer
  • Sam Beehner, Deputy General Counsel
  • Chris Crosta, Vice President of Chugach Government Solution’s Business Development
  • Randi Jo Gause, Director of Marketing & Communications

Click here to join our Sleep-Out champions and join them in making a donation to the CHA. Since 1988, Covenant House Alaska served more than 30,000 at-risk youth experiencing homelessness. Chugach and our Sleep-Out participants are proud to support CHA and its mission to protect and safeguard all youth and place them on the path to a better life.

For Melanie Osborne, Chugach’s Sleep-Out Captain, this year will mark her seventh Sleep Out. Melanie’s dedication and enthusiasm for CHA’s annual fundraiser began on her first night out, and she’s never looked back. “My first Sleep Out changed my life. I thought the experience would be about raising funds for youth in need. That night we toured wooded areas of Anchorage and the city’s alleys and motels and other dismal structures that were identified as places where homeless youth congregate and where they were preyed upon. We ended at a cemetery, where one of our tour guides used to sleep, because a dark cemetery is scary to most people and that made it safer for her.”

This experience and others Melanie has had over the years reinforced her commitment to supporting CHA’s mission. “I sleep out to raise funds for the safe shelter and loving care that the Covenant House provides. More importantly, I sleep out to raise awareness about these hidden parts of the city and help make the dreams of young people to overcome homelessness a reality.”

The Great Alaska Sleep Out takes place on November 17th at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. To support CHA and the youth who depend on CHA’s service, join Chugach’s Sleep-Out champions and make a donation by going to Chugach’s Team page.


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