2018 Raven’s Ball

For the 11th straight year, the Raven’s Ball, ANTHC’s Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation signature fundraising event, continued its tradition of distinguished and compelling fundraising. The black-tie gala raised an estimated $410,000 in sponsorships and cash contributions that will go toward improving the unmet health needs of Alaska Native people and the Alaska Tribal Health System. A sellout crowd attended the event at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage on March 24.

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. With spirited collaboration and targeted initiatives, the Foundation helps provide resources and tools to achieve individual and community health objectives.

As part of a special campaign this year to fund a specific need, $53,000 was raised to fund dental operatories – training spaces for Dental Health Aide Therapy (DHAT) students – in ANTHC’s new Education and Development Center. These custom treatment rooms will help DHAT students to develop new skills and advance their training. The generous donation will help ensure that these students bring critical services back to their communities, invigorating the health and wellness of rural Alaska. You can make contributions to build dental operatories here. 

“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.

Brown gave special thanks to the Raven’s Ball’s presenting sponsor, Neeser Construction, and Luminary Sponsors: Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers of Alaska, GCI, Providence Health Systems Alaska, and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman, LLP.


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

Also a thank you to our Luminary Sponsors Anchorage & Valley Radiation Therapy Centers of AlaskaGCIProvidence Health Systems Alaska,  and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Monkman LLP.

Click for a list of all of our wonderful sponsors!

Luminary Awards

A highlight of the 2018 Raven’s Ball will be the presentation of the Luminary Awards. Each year, the Luminary Awards recognize individuals for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Alaska Tribal Health System and their communities. The Foundation Board is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Raven’s Ball Luminary Awards:

The President’s Legacy and Leadership Award will be presented to Senator Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator for Alaska. Senator Murkowski has been a longtime supporter and friend of the Alaska Tribal Health System. Through her various congressional committee assignments she has been able to enact legislation and provide critical federal funding to improve the health and lives of Alaska Native people. Senator Murkowski was instrumental in getting the Indian Health Service (IHS) to settle its contract support cost claims with tribal health programs. She secured additional funding for the severely underfunded Village Built Clinic Lease Program, and has been an unparalleled champion of sanitation infrastructure in rural Alaska. In 2017 her brave vote against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal efforts protected health care access for tens of thousands of Alaskans and the continued vitality of the Alaska Tribal Health System, by ensuring Alaska would not be negatively affected by cuts to Medicaid and ACA Marketplace subsidies. You can watch the video here

A Distinguished Provider Award will be presented to Aurora Johnson, Dental Therapist, Norton Sound Health Corporation.  Prior to the Dental Health Aide Therapist Program, there was a lack of adequate dental care for rural village residents. Aurora Johnson was part of the first group of Alaskans to receive the extensive training to become a dental therapist, which at that time, was only offered in New Zealand.  Upon returning to Alaska, Aurora discovered that the American Dental Association had filed a lawsuit to prevent dental therapists from practicing, and she was named in the lawsuit. Aurora and the dental therapists persisted and the lawsuit was eventually settled, allowing the much needed dental care in Alaska. Today there is an active prevention program and restorative care that is now the norm rather than the rare exception. Aurora has transformed the vision of her community and given them tools to promote their own dental health. She has practiced in Unalakleet since 2006 and continues to be a vibrant force in the community and clinic. You can watch the video here

A second Distinguished Provider Award will be presented posthumously to Julie McNulty, RN, PhD, CPHQ, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Julie McNulty was a visionary, dedicated, passionate and hard-working nurse leader who worked in the Alaska Tribal Health System – first at the Alaska Area Native Health Service and later the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium – from 1993 until her death in March 2016 following an 18-month battle with cancer. Julie notably led the effort for the Alaska Native Medical Center to receive the “Magnet-Nursing” Designation in 2003, which is the highest honor bestowed to a health care organization for nursing excellence. Today, ANMC remains Alaska’s only Magnet-designated hospital. Her published research on Cancer Survivorship in Rural and Urban Adults leads us to challenge long-held beliefs about the role of support for cancer survivors. Julie was truly an advocate for exemplary healthcare in the Alaska Tribal Health System, and as a result of her life’s work, nursing care in Alaska has and will continue to improve. You can watch the video here

The Community Spirit Award will be presented to Wilson Justin, community activist. Mr. Justin has dedicated his life to community health, education, and support and outreach programs. He is an outstanding advocate for culturally responsive education, especially health and wellness related education within the Alaska Tribal Health System. For over two decades, Wilson has worked to bridge the distance between western medicine, traditional medicine, and overall well-being. He has been a dedicated unpaid volunteer and featured guest speaker and adjunct to a number of courses taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for over fifteen years including courses such as Tribal Government in Alaska and a variety of tribal court and tribal justice courses. In 1992, Mr. Justin led the effort to establish the Mt. Sanford Tribal Consortium, where he was the Health Director for 17 years. Wilson has mentored many Alaska Native scholars and leaders and has made life-long education and community service a way of life. You can watch the video here

Special Funding Need

As part of a special campaign this year, $53,200 was raised to support healthy communities and the next phase of expanding care closer to home for rural Alaska. Our Tribal Community Health Providers are integral to the health of rural Alaska, and after years of makeshift, temporary spaces, ANTHC’s new Education and Development Center will provide the Tribal health system’s three Tribal Community Health Provider Programs with a lasting, state-of-the-art home. In a culturally responsive and rigorous learning environment, we will build professional connections between the Dental, Behavioral and Community Health Aide Programs to provide whole-person care in rural communities.

This Center represents our brightest future: a one-of-a-kind education hub where the next generation of providers will learn, blossom and bring health home. One of these critical programs is the Dental Health Aide Therapy Program. As part of a community-driven solution, ANTHC introduced the first successful dental therapist workforce in the United States in 2004. Since then, Dental Health Aide Therapists have expanded much-needed access to dental care and prevention services for more than 40,000 Alaska Native people living in 81 rural Alaska communities by providing culturally appropriate dental education and routine dental services.

With the expansion of this critical program comes a need to expand the training facilities available to educate Dental Health Aide Therapists. Executives have offices; dental teams have custom treatment rooms called dental operatories. These spaces are highly specialized and configured to deliver dental treatment to patients while supporting all of the associated tasks performed by the dental team. There will be 18 dental operatories in this new facility, greatly expanding the capacity to train Dental Health Aide Therapists. When the dental operatory is designed properly, the clinical environment can reach the highest levels of training, chair-side comfort, and ultimately, patient care.

You can make contributions to the ANTHC Training & Education Center Fund here.

Raven’s Ball Photos

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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Thank you to our Auction Donors!

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

Save the Date: 2019

We hope you will join us next year for this inspiring gathering for Alaska Native health as we celebrate the 12th Annual Raven’s Ball on March 23, 2019, in Anchorage. We hope you will join us for this impactful event!