The event will be held just outside Palmer at the Lazy Mountain Bible Church at 16005 E. Shawn Dr. on Tuesday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. All members of the MEA family are invited to attend.
MEA spokesperson Kevin Brown -- who worked for Heinze, the electric co-op's director of human resources and public affairs -- eloquently described her philosophy in a statement about the event Friday.
“She had this wonderful phrase she always used, and I wanted to share it with you now: ‘Whatever is going on around us, we will do beauty and we will do excellence,’” Brown wrote. “This summed Cheryll up more than anything I could have ever said about her.”
MEA’s general manager, 71-year-old Evan "Joe" Griffith, was at the controls of the Cessna 206 which flipped Tuesday night while landing on Beluga Lake during a fishing trip. Griffith and three other passengers -- Tony Zellers, 49, Eddie Taunton, 52, and Tony Izzo, 51 -- were able to escape the crash with non-life-threatening hypothermia.
Heinze, 65, is survived by her husband Harold Heinze, a former head of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority who recently joined MEA.