2016 Raven’s Ball

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The Raven’s Ball, the signature fundraising event of ANTHC’s Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation, continued its tradition of unique, powerful and entertaining fundraising by raising an estimated $453,000 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 attended the black-tie gala at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on April 2.

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.


We give special thanks to the Raven’s Ball’s presenting sponsor: Neeser Construction, which has been a top sponsor for all nine Raven’s Ball Galas. Thank you so much for believing in us and for your generous support! neeser

Also a thank you to our 2016 Luminary sponsors Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers of Alaska, GCI Healthcare, Providence Health Systems Alaska and Alaska Communications. More than $220,000 of the money raised at the Raven’s Ball comes from sponsorships.

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


One of the Raven’s Ball highlights is the presentation of the Luminary Awards, which annually recognizes individuals for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Alaska Tribal Health System and their communities. This year, we are pleased to honor the following recipients of the 2016 Raven’s Ball Luminary Awards:

Dr. Matthew Schnellbaecher, Cardiology Department, Alaska Native Medical Center, is the 2016 recipient of the President’s Legacy and Leadership Award.  Dr. Schnellbaecher has been a tireless advocate for expanding cardiology services in the Alaska Tribal Health System since he joined the hospital in 1996.  Dr. Schnellbaecher has helped grow cardiology services throughout Alaska with the use of telemedicine, assisted with the development of the new cardiac catheterization lab at ANMC, in addition to many other critical efforts to improve cardiology care for Alaska Native people. You can watch the video here.

The Savoonga Health Aides, Norton Sound Health Corporation, are the the recipients of 2016 Distinguished Provider Award  for their dedication to their community’s health.  As the only full-time health care providers in Savoonga, the Savoonga Health Aides’ resilience and strength is put to the test on a daily basis as they are called upon to make difficult decisions, overcome significant obstacles, practice new medical techniques, and save lives in emergency situations. You can watch the video here.

Mike Williams Sr., Native Village of Akiak, is the 2016 recipient of the Community Spirit Award in recognition of his advocacy for sobriety and subsistence rights. Mr. Williams is often recognized in state and national Tribal gatherings calling for a life of sobriety and fighting for subsistence rights. He is known as the Iditarod “Sobriety Musher” as he has carried signatures of people who have pledged sobriety in his dog sled during the race. You can watch the video here.


As a thank you to our wonderful sponsors, guests and volunteers please download photos from the night of the event for free. 

Red Carpet Photos
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Click the photo you would like to enlarge. That will take you to another page with the image appearing by itself and larger. Click on the photo again and it will take you to a even larger version. Right Click and select ‘Save Image As’ to save to your computer. Please be sure to tag the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation when you are posting these photos to Facebook!


As part of a special campaign this year, $108,000 was raised to support the opening of the new patient housing facility at ANMC opening in early 2017. Donors made contributions to purchase amenities for the housing facility that help make it a restful “home away from home” for our patients that travel to ANMC for care. With your help we can turn this dream into a reality. Please consider making a donation today.

You can still make a difference today!


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If you are a Raven’s Ball fan, you can save the date for next year’s event – the 10th Annual Raven’s Ball – on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Please contact us at 907-729-5652, or info@inspiringgoodhealth.org to reserve your table in advance.

We’ll see you there!