2015 Raven’s Ball

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2015 Raven’s Ball celebrates Alaska Tribal health, raises funds for unmet needs

The Raven’s Ball, the signature fundraising event of ANTHC’s Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation continued its tradition of unique, powerful and entertaining fundraising recently by raising an estimated $485,000 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 gala at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

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.

“In its eighth 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 Irwin Brown, Director of the Foundation. “It is always thrilling for me to host our guests on this 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.”

Brown gave special thanks to the Raven’s Ball’s presenting sponsor, Neeser Construction, and key sponsors Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers of Alaska and GCI ConnectMD.

The Raven’s Ball is also an opportunity to honor exceptional Alaska Tribal Health System leaders with Luminary Awards. This year’s dedicated and outstanding award winners are Mr. Andrew Jimmie (President’s Legacy & Leadership Award); CAPT. Gary Givens (Distinguished Provider Award); and Dr. Ethel Lund (Community Spirit Award).

One exciting moment at every Raven’s Ball is the “Fund a Need”, a special auction held to direct funds to a special cause. This year, $120,000 was raised to support Family Birthing Services at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC). Donors to the Healthy Beginnings Fund are helping to purchase co-sleeper bassinets, Kangaroo chairs for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and other necessary safety and wellness items that will help our families have a safe and healthy beginning. The Rasmuson Foundation offered a $25,000 challenge for the fund, which was met by GCI ConnectMD, and Sonosky, Chambers, Saschse, Miller & Munson, LLP.

Also at this year’s event, the law firm Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson, LLP announced a contribution of $450,000 to the new Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) Patient Housing project. The 202-bed facility will house patients and their families travelling to the hospital for medical care. Donations made to the project benefit patients travelling long distances to receive long-term or follow-up care at ANMC, such as expectant mothers with high-risk pregnancies or people receiving cancer treatment. Additional donation opportunities are available. Please contact the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation at (907) 729-5652 or info@inspiringgoodhealth.org. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the new facility will be held May 20.

Save the date for annual 9th annual Raven’s Ball on April 2nd, 2016.

Luminary Awards:

Andrew Jimmie Headshot 1Andrew Jimmie is the 2015 recipient of the Foundation’s President’s Legacy & Leadership Award. This award recognizes a leader who has impacted the culture and performance of the Alaska Tribal Health System and made outstanding contributions towards ANTHC’s vision of Alaska Natives being the healthiest people in the world.

Mr. Jimmie continuously advocates for improvements to the healthcare delivery systems that will improve health outcomes and well-being for Alaska Natives. He has been a champion of the Alaska Tribal Health System, working to make more elder care services available closer to home; addressing substance abuse, mental health issues and lowering suicide rates; and, the implementation of low-cost water and sewer solutions for all villages in Alaska. He has a special place in his heart for the Community Health Aides, and was a key supporter in creating the Dental Health Aide Therapy Program for Alaska. Watch the President’s Legacy & Leadership Award video for Andrew Jimmie here.

Gary GivensCAPT Gary Givens is the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Provider Award. This award recognizes a health care provider who has made a difference in the lives of the patients we care for and made outstanding contributions towards ANTHC’s vision of Alaska Natives being the healthiest people in the world.

CAPT Gary Givens, RPh, PHS, is the Chief of Pharmacy Services at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC). During his tenure he has developed a prescription that blends excellent pharmacy services, boosted staff morale, and superior customer service to produce an exceptional program of pharmacy services that not only makes the journey to wellness more traveler-friendly, but also reduces the toll on our patients. Watch the Distinguished Provider Award for Capt. Gary Givens here.

Ethel Lund Scan_levelsDr. Ethel Lund is the 2015 recipient of the Foundation’s Community Spirit Award. This award recognizes an exceptional individual who has made volunteering and community service a way of life, demonstrating a sense of caring and responsibility for others and making outstanding contributions towards ANTHC’s vision of Alaska Natives being the healthiest people in the world.

With a strong belief that building healthy families requires an integration of cultural practices and traditional medicines and foods, Lund established an Elder’s council to act as an advisory group to SEARHC. She is also a founding Member and vice president of SEARCH’s Foundation, the Healing Hand Foundation. Today, SEARHC operates a regional hospital and a full array of health services throughout Southeast Alaska for the benefit of Alaska Native and other residents. Watch the Community Spirit Awardee Video for Dr. Ethel Lund here.

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