The Fund to host Flame of Hope Fundraising Gala

Sep 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

The 18th annual American Indian College Fund (the Fund) Flame of Hope Gala will be held Thursday, October 10 at the Depot Renaissance Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Proceeds will benefit Native student scholarships. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner program with Native entertainment, including classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala and the dance and music group Brulé.

Native artist Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw) will create a painting live at the event for auction. In addition, a silent auction will feature art from some of the nation’s top Native artists, including Timothy H. Terry (Akimel O’Odham), Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Judy Gould, Bobby Bales (Taos Pueblo), Andrew and Gladys Pacheco (Santo Domingo Pueblo), Daniel B. Ramirez (Saginaw Chippewa), Waya’ aisiwa Gary Keene (Acoma Pueblo), David Gary Suazo (Taos Pueblo), Geraldine Tso (Navajo), Todd Lone Dog Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota), and C.J. Shije (Zia Pueblo/Acoma Pueblo), as well as works from the Than Povi Fine Art Gallery.

The Fund will honor the Northwest Area Foundation of Minneapolis for funding programs that fight poverty in Indian Country. This year the foundation awarded the Fund a $1 million, one-year Tribal College Leaders in Community Innovation Award to help illuminate the innovative approaches that tribal colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington are using to build thriving Native communities.

The main sponsor of the event is USA Funds. Additional sponsors include AT&T, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Coca-Cola Corporation, CBS Corporation, Comcast NBC Universal, Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services, Grotto Foundation, Jenzabar Inc., Lannan Foundation, Mattel, McDonalds Corporation, Nissan North America, Inc., Peskoff Foundation, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Target Corporation, the Tierney Family Foundation, United Health Foundation, UPS Foundation, Walmart Foundation, and the Sheryl and Harvey White Foundation.

Sponsorships and tickets are available. For more information, please contact Patrita Salazar at (303) 426-8900 or psalazar@collegefund.org. See also: www.collegefund.org/gala.

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