American Indian College Fund Fundraising Gala Raises $550,000

Source: Native News Network

DENVER – The American Indian College Fund is projected to raise $550,000 to support Native American student scholarships at its 18th annual Flame of Hope Gala, held on October 10 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull to begin the celebration and dinner.



Native artist Steven Paul Judd, Kiowa and Choctaw, created a painting live at the event, which was awarded to the donor providing the largest gift. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe took the painting for their donation of $50,000. A silent auction including art by the nation’s top Native artists, and entertainment by Native musicians, including classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala and the dance and music group Brulé, were featured. Haskell Indian Nations University alumnus Dominic Clichee spoke during the program.

The American Indian College Fund honored the Northwest Area Foundation of Minneapolis for funding a $1 million, one-year Tribal College Leaders in Community Innovation Award, providing financial assistance for tribal college programs impacting local communities at Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota; Sitting Bull College in North Dakota; Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota; Stone Child College in Montana; and Northwest Indian College in Washington State.

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Honoring AICF $1 million partnership with the President and CEO of The Northwest Area Foundation, Mr. Kevin Walker.



The American Indian College Fund wishes to express gratitude to the 37 individual, corporate, foundation, and tribal nation sponsors that made this year’s Flame of Hope Gala a tremendous success.

Flame of Hope Sponsor:
USA Funds

Keeper of the Flame Sponsor:
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota

Vision of Hope Sponsors:
The CocaCola Company
Comcast NBC Universal
Lannan Foundation
Nissan North America
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

Circle of Hope Sponsors:
Anheuser-Busch Companies
The Richard Black Family: Richard, Heather, Kara, and Erica
Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services
McDonald’s Corporation
Target Corporation
UPS Foundation
US Bank
Walmart Foundation
Wieden + Kennedy

Spirit of Giving Sponsors:
CBS Corporation
Grotto Foundation
Peskoff Foundation
The Tierney Family Foundation
United Health Foundation

Visionary Sponsors:
Kimberly S. Blanchard
Dine College
Kauffman and Associates, Inc.
Leech Lake Tribal College
National Indian Gaming Association
MAG Mechanical

Ignite the Flame Sponsors:
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
College of the Muscogee Nation
Northwest Indian College

Proceeds will benefit Native education.