RB Underwriting Opportunities2014 Raven’s Ball

20140322_Events_RavensBall LREX-218A HEARTY AND HEALTHY THANK YOU!

The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation thanks our passionate supporters and party-goers for making the 2014 Raven’s Ball a rip-roaring success! Your participation made the evening the bee’s knees and fueled our work to improve the health of our Alaska Native people.

We continued our tradition of unique, powerful and fun fundraising efforts 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.”


We give 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, as well as GCIConnectMD for underwriting the evening’s VIP reception. More than $250,000 of the money raised at the Raven’s Ball came from sponsorships. neeser


For a list of all of our wonderful sponsors, click here.


Centricity-perinatal-featured-thumbOne 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 with its Steering Committee to direct additional funds to allow for the purchase of two Giraffe OmniBeds for ANMC’s NICU.

Please click here to support this effort by making a gift to the ANMC NICU.


For photos from the night, please click here. You can easily download your photo by right-clicking and selecting “download”. Also, check out a video compilation for the event here. Thank you to our Photography Sponsor, Yuit!



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.

IMG_5955James Armbrust is the 2014 recipient of the President’s Award. His work has contributed significantly to the development and success of the Alaska Tribal Health System since its earliest days and has been instrumental in stabilizing the relationship between IHS and the tribal health programs in Alaska and ensuring the success of the Alaska Tribal Health Compact. His orderly, respectful conduct of negotiations, detailed notebooks of all decisions, and most importantly, absolute integrity and concern about Alaska Tribal health programs are legendary. Click here to watch the video.

Headshot for Smith, H. Sally [PRINT RDY]Sally H. Smith is the 2014 recipient of the Legacy & Leadership Award. She is recognized for her visionary and generous contributions to the Alaska Native community and our healthcare partners. Her service as a health leader and advocate for over 45 years has highlighted the health challenges and success stories of Alaska Native people to the attention of government leaders, policy makers, funding agencies, academic institutions and to Alaska Native and American Indian people. We are a better health system because of her leadership, and we are better people because of her personal attention. Click here to watch the video.

headshotDr. Robert Onders is the 2014 recipient Distinguished Provider Award.  He is recognized for his quality of care provided to Alaska Natives living in Kodiak and the island’s six remote villages. His efforts to redesign KANA’s care processes as “physician champion”, in conjunction with adoption of a new electronic health record system has significantly improved the provision of screening services, allowed the organization to be the first in Alaska to reach target performance for all 21 measures defined by the Indian Health Service, and generated high patient satisfaction. Click here to watch the video.

DarrenLiebwKids-300x225Darren Lieb is the 2014 recipient of the Community Spirit Award. He is recognized for creating a culture of excellence among youth in Bethel. His passion has led others in the community to embrace volunteerism and create healthy opportunities for kids in a way the region has never seen before. He inspires the youth and believes in them; and in return, they learn to believe in themselves. Click here to watch the video.

If you would like to nominate someone for the 2015 Luminary Awards, please check back soon for the nominating materials!


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