Chugach Alaska Corporation ran this year’s Alaska Run For Women (AKRFW) in honor of Tammy Morton-Bilak. Rallying around the memory of our dear departed friend and superhero allowed Team Tammy to set a record for Chugach’s AKRFW fundraising efforts, with $24,000 representing the most money that a single team has ever raised in the history of AKRFW! Thanks to the generosity of all who joined Team Tammy, we won first place in donations and first place for AKRFW’s largest team!

For eight years, Chugach employees, families and friends who make up our team have taken home first-place awards in these two categories. Over the life of the AKRFW, our generous team-member donations to the annual event have surpassed more than $140,000.

The run was held on Saturday, June 10th, with Chugach team members adorned in pink superhero capes in honor of long-time Chugach employee Tammy Morton-Bilak, who passed away in February 2023 after a battle with breast cancer.

“With one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, nearly all of us have been touched by the devastating impacts of this disease,” said Angie Astle, Chugach’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “This year we had the honor of running on behalf of our dear friend, coworker, and ‘superhero’ Tammy Morton-Bilak, who has been an inspiration and steadfast advocate of the AKRFW throughout her diagnosis and treatment.”

Thank you to all who joined Team Tammy, especially Tammy’s family members who ran the race with us from start to finish. We look forward to coming together next year and running the race again for Tammy and for all the women and their families who have been touched by breast cancer.

Until then Team Tammy, wear your capes with pride!

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