The College Fund Holds 25th Anniversary GalaNov 9th, 2014 | By dhorwedel | Category: 26-2: Workforce Development, Tribal College News
On October 20, the American Indian College Fund held its 25th anniversary gala at Pier Sixty in New York City. The black-tie fundraising event was a great success and benefited Native American education while celebrating the College Fund’s 25 years of service.
Tony Award-winning Broadway vocalist, Idina Menzel, performed live at the gala. Menzel has long been a presence on Broadway, receiving several Tony nominations for roles in such musicals as Rent, Wicked, and If/Then. In 2013, she sang the Academy Award-winning song, “Let It Go,” for the Disney movie Frozen. Besides Menzel, Emmy Award-winning television journalist David Ushery served as emcee for the event. Ushery co-anchors the weekend editions of NBC 4’s “News 4 New York” and is the creator and host of the Emmy-nominated “The Debrief with David Ushery.”
Native artists contributing to the gala’s silent auction included Timothy H. Terry (Akimel O’odham), Daniel B. Ramirez (Saginaw Chippewa), George Curtis Levi (Southern Cheyenne), Cavan Gonzales Eagle Tail (San Ildefonso Pueblo), Barbara Gonzales Than Moo Whe (San Ildefonso Pueblo), Presley LaFountain (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), David Gary Suazo (Taos Pueblo), Geraldine Tso (Navajo), Joe Hopkins (Muscogee Creek/Seminole), Jesse T. Hummingbird (Cherokee), Jason Garcia Okuu Pin’ (Santa Clara Pueblo), and Ronni-Leigh and Stonehorse Goeman (Onondaga).
Sponsors for the event included Aetna, Amergent, Anheuser Busch Companies, AT&T, CBS Corporation, Cintas Corporation, Coca-Cola Foundation, Comcast, FedEx, Ford Foundation, Ford Motor Company, McDonald’s Corporation, Target Corporation, UPS Foundation, and Walmart Foundation. Proceeds from the gala were dedicated to increasing access to higher education for American Indian students.