2017 Raven’s Ball



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 $534,184, 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 March 25.

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.

“As Alaska faces some challenging economic changes, we are fortunate to have the generosity and loyalty of our guests, sponsors and donors who recognize the continued importance of Tribal health,” said Carrie Irwin Brown, Director of the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation. “To have a record setting year during our tenth year shows how much our event has grown and brings together people to give in a meaningful way.”


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

Neeser Construction, IncAlso a thank you to our Luminary Sponsors Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers of Alaska, GCI, Providence Health Systems Alaska, Seattle Children’s Heart Center and Alaska Communications.

Click for a list of all of our wonderful sponsors!


A highlight of the Raven’s Ball is the presentation of the Luminary Awards, which annually recognize individuals for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Alaska Tribal Health System and their communities. This year, we were pleased to honor the following recipients of the 2017 Luminary Awards.

The President’s Legacy and Leadership Award was presented to Senator Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senator for Alaska. Senator Sullivan is a tireless advocate for improvements to the Tribal Health Care System, particularly through his effort to pass the Water Resource Development Act of 2016 (later renamed as the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016 (WIIN)), which included several key provisions vital to Alaska’s water and wastewater infrastructure. The most notable provision authorizes $300 million over five years for a grant program to address water and wasterwater infrastructure needs in small and disadvantaged communities.  Working in consultation with ANTHC, Senator Sullivan was able to draft the legislation to ensure that Alaska Native communities are well positioned to be a major beneficiary of the program in addressing their unmet water and wastewater needs. You can watch the video here

A Distinguished Provider Award was presented to Thomas Bornstein, DDS, Dental Department, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Dr. Tom Bornstein is a career-long advocate of Alaska Native oral health, and a truly remarkable public health visionary. Through his innovation, persistence and commitment to core public health principles, thousands of Alaska Native people have had their lives improved through oral health. Dr. Bornstein was instrumental in laying the foundation of today’s world-acclaimed Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist Program to expand access to oral health care for Alaska Native people. You can watch the video here.

A second Distinguished Provider Award was presented to Rita Blumenstein, Traditional Doctor, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. “Dr. Rita”, as she is affectionately known, was the first certified traditional doctor in Alaska, combining traditional Alaska Native healing techniques with modern medicine. She has made outstanding contributions locally and globally, while navigating modern technologies and providing a grounding in traditional Alaska Native ways of healing and care. You can watch the video here.

The Community Spirit Award was presented to Samuel Johns, social media and community activist. Samuel has become a beacon of hope for our Alaska Native homeless population, and inspires youth to live a sober life and make a difference in our Alaska Native communities. His work with the Forget-Me-Not Movement, connecting homeless Alaska Native people with their families and communities, has inspired thousands of other Alaskans to join with him and support the group’s efforts. 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

VIP & Ballroom Photos

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As part of a special campaign this year, $163,200 was raised to support healthy communities and the next phase of expanding care closer to home for rural Alaska. Community Health Aides are integral to the health of rural Alaska, providing two-thirds of patient visits in our Tribal health system. Students of ANTHC’s Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) will live in the Atwood Dorm on the campus of Alaska Pacific University, spending months away from their families and homes for training and skills advancement. Donors made contributions to help support the renovation of aging dormitories for CHAP students. You can make contributions to the APU Atwood Center Renovation Fund at inspiringgoodhealth.org.

You can still make a difference today!


Click for a listing of our wonderful donors to the live and silent auctions. Let’s show our support for them in return!


If you are a Raven’s Ball fan, you can save the date for next year’s event – the 11th Annual Raven’s Ball – on Saturday, March 24, 2018. We hope you will join us for this impactful event!