2018 Raven’s Ball celebrates Alaska Tribal health and raises funds for dental operatories at new Education and Development Center

April 4, 2018

For the 11th straight year, the Raven’s Ball, ANTHC’s Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation signature fundraising event, continued its tradition of distinguished and compelling fundraising. The black-tie gala raised an estimated $410,000 in sponsorships and cash contributions that will go toward improving the unmet health needs of Alaska Native people and the Alaska Tribal Health System. A sellout crowd attended the event at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on March 24. 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. With spirited collaboration and targeted initiatives, the Foundation helps provide resources and tools to achieve individual and community health objectives. As part of a special campaign this year to fund a specific need, $53,000 was raised to fund dental operatories – training spaces for Dental Health Aide Therapy (DHAT) students – in ANTHC’s new Education and Development Center. These custom treatment rooms will help DHAT students to develop new skills and advance their training. The generous donation will help ensure that these students bring critical services back to their communities, invigorating the health and wellness of rural Alaska. You can make contributions to build dental operatories at inspiringgoodhealth.org. “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. 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, and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP. In concert with raising resources for Tribal health, the Raven’s Ball serves an opportunity to honor exceptional Alaska Tribal Health System leaders with Luminary Awards. This year’s dedicated award winners are US Senator Lisa Murkowski (President’s Legacy & Leadership Award); Aurora Johnson (Distinguished Provider Award); posthumously to Julie McNulty (Distinguished Provider Award); and Wilson Justin (Community Spirit Award). Watch videos honoring the award winners online: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTP_b4Ora7rqmGrFEH98jJfrBAcPCCig4 We hope you will join us next year for this inspiring gathering for Alaska Native health as we celebrate the 12th Annual Raven’s Ball on March 23, 2019, in Anchorage.

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