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Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation Raven’s Ball gala fundraiser on April 2

February 26, 2016

The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation is gearing up for its biggest annual event: The Raven’s Ball. The Raven’s Ball takes place Saturday, April 2, at the Hotel Captain Cook. This event is one of Alaska’s premier black tie fundraising events. This year’s ball will continue a tradition of success that benefits the Foundation and its three key initiatives: improving medical care; strengthening wellness and prevention efforts; and promoting healthy village environments.

An annual highlight of the Raven’s Ball is the presentation of the Luminary Awards, which recognize individuals for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Alaska Tribal Health System and communities. The Foundation Oversight Committee recently announced the 2016 Luminary Award recipients. The President’s Legacy and Leadership Award will be presented to Dr. Matthew Schnellbaecher, Cardiology Medical Director, Alaska Native Medical Center. The Distinguished Provider Award will be presented to the Savoonga Health Aides, Norton Sound Health Corporation for their dedication to their community’s health. The Community Spirit Award will be presented to Mike Williams Sr., Native Village of Akiak, in recognition of his advocacy for sobriety and subsistence rights.
The Raven’s Ball event has sold out every year since its inception. We encourage everyone to buy tables or tickets soon. Visit or call (907) 729-5652 for more details about sponsorship opportunities.

The Foundation is also seeking donations of goods and services that can be used for the silent and live auctions and the ring box raffle. Whether you are an artist, photographer or would like to donate a piece of jewelry, service or merchandise, all the proceeds support programs that fill existing needs and help to improve the health and well-being of Alaska Native families. Previous donations have included items such as photographic images, collectible posters, watercolors, lithographs, Alaska Native art, carvings, sculptures, and valuable paintings. Even airline miles and travel packages make great donations. Any and all donations are welcome. Visit for more information on how you can donate.

Learn more about HANF’s work, events and volunteer opportunities by visiting or calling (907) 729-5652.

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