For the 12th straight year, the Raven’s Ball, the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s signature event, continued its tradition of distinguished and compelling fundraising. The black-tie gala raised an estimated $448,000 in sponsorships and cash contributions which 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 23.

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, $92,000 was raised to fund web-streaming cameras to connect families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Alaska Native Medical Center(ANMC). The ANMC NICU treats newborns who need additional care due to premature birth or complications that arise after delivery. Of the 1,600 newborns delivered at ANMC at ANMC each year, 300 require admission to the NICU. Many families travel vast distances from outside the Anchorage service area for care, which may limit the amount of time they spend with their newborns. This can greatly impact the mother-infant attachment and mothers are often unwell in the immediate newborn period and unable to visit the NICU. Additionally, for many reasons, NICU’s employ a strict visiting policy and extended family are generally not allowed or have limited access.

NICU cameras connect babies to their families and have physical and psychological benefits, including helping mothers with lactation and introducing the newborn to siblings and other family members. Knowing that the baby is sleeping or resting comfortably helps ease parents’ anxiety. Each camera is mounted on the wall near the infant’s bed and will allow families 24/7 viewing of daily progress, and ensures they don’t miss special milestones, such as first seeing their child’s face after the ventilator is removed.

“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 gives 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.

2019 Luminary Award Winners

In concert with raising resources for Tribal health, the Raven’s Ball serves an opportunity to honor exceptional Alaska Tribal Health System leaders with Luminary Awards. This year’s dedicated award winners are:

Legacy & Leadership Award: Linda Clement
Linda Clement is a life-long leader and champion of health and wellness for Alaska Native people. The first in her family to graduate from college, Clement taught in Metlakatla for many years and has contributed significantly to the advancement of Tribal self-governance and Tribal health. In 2018, she retired after 14 years of service as a director with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Board. Clement’s focus on family and child development and the importance of education will leave an enduring impact on the health of Alaska Natives. You can watch the video here. Congratulations, Linda!
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Outstanding Rural Health Champion: Old Minto Family Recovery Camp
The Old Minto Family Recovery Camp is a unique recovery program which works to provide clients with skills to help live substance free and productive lives. Located at a historic village site, Old Minto opened in the 1980s and is an alternative resource to substance abuse treatment with a focus on Athabascan values and traditions as the foundation for recovery. Many Alaskans have completed the program arriving by boat, plane, or snow machine and spend at least 35-days at the camp in cabins with wood stoves for heat, kerosene lamps for light, no running water, and no electricity. You can watch the video here. Congratulations, Old Minto Recovery Camp!
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Distinguished Provider: Dr. Matthew Hirschfeld

Dr. Matthew Hirschfeld has devoted his life to develop health systems to improve the lives of Alaska Native women and children. Currently heis medical director of Alaska Native Medical Center Maternal Child Health Services and also serves as pediatric specialist for Norton Sound Health Corp. Hirschfeld’s dedication to health care has brought him to serve in many leadership roles across Alaska such as the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership and the Rasmuson Foundation. You can watch the video here. Congratulations, Dr. Hirschfeld! 
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Awards were presented at the 2019 Raven’s Ball on Saturday, March 23rd at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. We hope you will join us next year for this inspiring event for Alaska Native health as we celebrate the 13th Annual Raven’s Ball on March 28, 2020, in Anchorage.

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Sponsors, Donors and Supporters

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!

A huge thank you to all the generous donors who made the event a success! Your donations and generosity are what make this event so special! For a full list of everyone that donated please click here!

We also thank our wonderful volunteers! Thank you to our dedicated steering team comprised of ANTHC employees, and the more than fifty volunteers who help make the night a special one!

Fund-A-Need Spotlight

Web-streaming cameras connect families with babies in ANMC’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The arrival of a newborn baby is an exciting and emotional event. But when a newborn’s first few critical days, weeks or even months are spent in the ANMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), parental joy is tempered by the unease of separation and the stress of managing regular visits.

Donations from this year’s paddle raise will go toward ANMC NICU web-streaming cameras, which will allow families to remain connected with their newborn via a real-time video stream on a secure, password protected feed.

Each camera is mounted on the wall near the infant’s bed and will allow families 24/7 viewing of daily progress, and ensure they don’t miss special milestones, such as first seeing their child’s face after the ventilator is removed.

The installation of NICU cameras will provide a more personalized approach to medicine and ensure the best possible experience for our smallest patients and their families. Your generous donation will help families remain connected in a newborn’s critical first days.

Yes! I want to donate to the NICU Web Cameras!

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

Click the photo you would like to enlarge. That will take you to another page with the image appearing larger and by itself. Click on the photo again and it will take you to an 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! 


If you are a Raven’s Ball fan, you can save the date for next year’s event – the 13th Annual Raven’s Ball – on Saturday, March 28, 2020. If you are interested in nominating someone for the 2020 Luminary Awards, please check back soon for nominating materials! 

Or contact us at 729-5652 or for more information or to reserve your table in advance. We’ll see you there!

Assist us in continuing our mission to promote and support the vision of Alaska Native people being the healthiest people in the world.