February 28, 2013
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Arctic Slop Regional Corporation (ASRC) teams up with Petro Star Inc. to make young person's dream come true.
9-year old will take a ride with former Iditarod champion
Harrison Haviland-Longo will be joining 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion John Baker for the event's ceremonial start, coming up this Saturday, March 2nd. Baker's Iditarider seat was purchased by ASRC and donated to its subsidiary – Petro Star Inc. (PSI). PSI then turned the seat over to Armed Services/YMCA of Alaska, which had a rider in mind for the experience.
"As proud supporters of Armed Services/YMCA of Alaska, Petro Star and our parent company, ASRC, have sought ways - large and small - to recognize the inestimable contributions and sacrifices made by our service members and their families," said Doug Chapados, PSI president and CEO. "I'm very pleased that a member of a military family will be part of such a memorable experience."
Harrison is a 4th grader from Orion Elementary School, and is the son of Naval Officer Juleena Haviland and Army Captain Wilfred Longo, as well as the grandson of Army Sgt. Major Kevan Visnick and Peitra Visnick.
The 2013 Iditarod ceremonial start is scheduled to begin this Saturday at 10:00am from 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. The restart is scheduled for this Sunday at 2:00pm at Willow Lake.
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation's shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to approximately 11,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing over 9,000 people worldwide. The company has four major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, government technical services, energy services and construction industries.
About Petro Star
Petro Star Inc. is the only Alaskan-owned refining and fuel marketing company, with operations in seven communities throughout Alaska, and refineries in both North Pole and Valdez. With nearly twenty-five years of refining experience, Petro Star serves the fuel needs of Alaska including residential, military, marine, aviation and industrial customers, many of whom live and work in remote areas of the state.