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Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation Raven’s Ball gala fundraiser on March 25

February 24, 2017

The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation is gearing up for its biggest annual event: The Raven’s Ball. The 10th annual Raven’s Ball is Sat., March 25, 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 2017 Luminary Award recipients. The President’s Legacy and Leadership Award will be presented to Senator Dan Sullivan for his work to expand water and sewer service to underserved Alaskan communities. The Distinguished Provider Award will be presented to Dr. Tom Bornstein of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium for his career-long work in Alaska Native oral health, and to Rita Blumenstein, Alaska’s first certified traditional doctor. The Community Spirit Award will be presented to Samuel Johns in recognition of his work to connect Alaska Native people experiencing homelessness with their home communities through the Forget-Me-Not movement.

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 the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s work, events and volunteer opportunities by visiting or calling (907) 729-5652.

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