2014 Raven’s Ball celebrates Alaska Tribal health, raises funds for unmet needs

Posted on April 28, 2014 in Events

The 2014 Raven’s Ball, the signature fundraising event of ANTHC’s Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF), continued its tradition of unique, powerful and fun fundraising efforts recently by raising an estimated $430,000 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 of 460 people attended the black-tie event at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

“In its seventh 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 Brown, HANF Director. “And it is always thrilling for me to host our guests on a special night that blends Alaska Native culture and health with a good time. I personally thank our passionate guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers for continuing to make the Raven’s Ball a success and for supporting our initiatives that will improve the health of our Alaska Native people.’

Borwn gave special thanks to the Raven’s Ball’s presenting sponsors: Neeser Construction, which has been a top sponsor for all seven events, and Alaska Communications. Brown also thanked GCIConnectMD for underwriting the evening’s VIP reception. More than $250,0o0 of the money raised at the Raven’s Ball came from sponsorships.

One exciting tradition at every Raven’s Ball is the Paddle Raise, a special auction held to direct funds to a special cause. This year, $61,000 was raised to purchase a Giraffe OmniBed to support infants and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the ANMC hospital. The bed will improve care and provide additional comfort for ANMC’s youngest and most vulnerable patients. The Paddle Raise goal was $45,000, which is the price of one bed. The Paddle Raise was so successful that HANF will now work iwth its Steering Committee to direct additional funds to allow for the purchase of two Giraffe OmniBeds for ANMC’s NICU.

The Raven’s Ball is also an opportunity to honor special Alaska Tribal Health System leaders with Luminary Awards. This year’s dedicated and outstanding award winners were James Armbrust (President’s Award); H. Sally Smith (Legacy & Leadership Award); Dr. Robert Onders (Distinguished Provider Award); and Darren Lieb (Community Spirit Award). Watch videos honoring the award winners by clicking here.

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, HANF helps provide the resources and tools necessary to achieve individual and community health objectives.

The Raven’s Ball event might be over, but there are still opportunities for ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation staff to support HANF and bid on exciting items. An employee online auciton is coming soon and will offer vacation packages, sports and entertainment memorabilia, Alaska-based business gift packages and more.

Also, if you are a Raven’s Ball fan, you can save the date for next year’s event: Saturday, March 21, 2015.

In additional HANF events news, the group is in the planning phase of its annual Teeing Off for Tribal Health Golf Colassic. The event is scheduled for Friday, July 25. Please visit the Golf Classic page for more details as we have them.

Learn more about HANF, its event and opportunities to donate and volunteer by clicking here.