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2016 Raven’s Ball celebrates Alaska Tribal health, raises funds for patient housing

April 22, 2016




The Raven’s Ball, the signature fundraising event of ANTHC’s Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, continued its tradition of unique, powerful and entertaining fundraising by raising an estimated $453,000 in sponsorships and cash contributions that will be directed to the unmet health needs of Alaska Native people and the Alaska Tribal Health System. A sellout crowd attended the black-tie gala at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on April 2.

Each spring, the Raven’s Ball raises awareness and funding to further ANTHC’s vision: that Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world. Through targeted initiatives and in the spirit of working together, the Foundation helps provide the resources and tools necessary to achieve individual and community health objectives.

“In its ninth year, the Raven’s Ball still continues to grow and engage our amazing Alaska Native leaders, advocates for Alaska Native health, and our many generous sponsors and supporters,” said Carrie Irwin Brown, Director of the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation. “It is always thrilling for me to host our guests on this special night that blends Alaska Native culture and health with a good time. I would like to personally thank our generosity and loyalty of our guests, sponsors, donors to make the Raven’s Ball a success and for supporting our initiatives that will improve the health of our Alaska Native people.”

Brown gave special thanks to the Raven’s Ball’s presenting sponsor, Neeser Construction, and Luminary Sponsors Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers of Alaska, GCI Healthcare, Providence Health Systems Alaska and Alaska Communications.

The Raven’s Ball is also an opportunity to honor exceptional Alaska Tribal Health System leaders with Luminary Awards. This year’s dedicated award winners are Dr. Matthew Schnellbaecher (President’s Legacy & Leadership Award); Savoonga Community Health Aides and Community Health Practitioners (Distinguished Provider Award); and Mike Williams, Sr. (Community Spirit Award). Watch videos honoring the award winners at https://youtu.be/upwPqc2cwUQ?list=PLTP_b4Ora7rpgCPaWmdotrVg6c0b3CbBK.

As part of a special campaign this year, $108,000 was raised to support the new patient housing facility at ANMC opening in early 2017. Donors made contributions to purchase amenities for the housing facility that help make it a restful “home away from home” for our patients that travel to ANMC for care. You can make contributions to the patient housing fund and find more information at http://inspiringgoodhealth.org/special-funding-need-anthc-patient-housing/.

To see pictures from the night please visit our website http://inspiringgoodhealth.org/2016-ravens-ball/

Next year we will celebrate the 10th Annual Raven’s Ball on March 25, 2017 in Anchorage. We hope you will join us for this impactful event.


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