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2017 Raven’s Ball celebrates Alaska Tribal health, raises funds for housing for Community Health Aides at Alaska Pacific University

April 21, 2017

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 $519,184 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 March 25.

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.

“As Alaska faces some challenging economic changes, we are fortunate to have the generosity and loyalty of our guests, sponsors and donors who recognize the continued importance of Tribal health,” said Carrie Irwin Brown, Director of the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation. “To have a record-setting year for our 10th anniversary shows how much our event has grown and brings together people to give in a meaningful way.”

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, Providence Health Systems Alaska, Seattle Children’s Heart Center 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 Senator Dan Sullivan (President’s Legacy & Leadership Award); Dr. Thomas Bornstein (Distinguished Provider Award); Rita Blumenstein (Distinguished Provider Award); and Samuel Johns (Community Spirit Award). Watch videos honoring the award winners online.

As part of a special campaign this year to fund a specific need, $148,200 was raised to celebrate ANTHC’s new partnership with the Alaska Pacific University by supporting the next phase of expanding care closer to home for rural Alaska. Community Health Aides are integral to the health of rural Alaska, providing two-thirds of patient visits in our Tribal health system. Students of ANTHC’s Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) will live in the Atwood Dorm on the campus of Alaska Pacific University, spending months away from their families and homes for training and skills advancement. Donors made contributions to help support the restoration of aging dormitories for CHAP students. You can make contributions to the APU Atwood Center Renovation Fund at

Next year we will celebrate the 11th Annual Raven’s Ball on March 24, 2018 in Anchorage. We hope you will join us for this impactful event.

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