For the past 13 years, the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation (HANF) has held its annual Raven’s Ball event which helps to raise funds for the Alaska Tribal Health System.  As with many events during the novel Coronavirus, HANF has transformed its 14th annual spring gala fundraiser into an online event called the Raven’s Resilience Celebration. The celebration took place virtually over three days, from April 20 through April 22, 2021.

We would like to take a moment to express our tremendous gratitude to everyone who helped make it a great success. HANF raised more than $190,000 from the event. This is all in part to 19 sponsorships, 218 participants registering for the event, over 100 donated items from generous people & businesses in our community to the online & live auction, and over $56,000 to the Fund-a-Need appeal supporting 3 key areas.

Thank you so much for everyone’s support! We hope to see you next year!

Each year, the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation recognizes individuals and groups for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Alaska Tribal Health System and their communities. The Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following 2021 Luminary Award recipients:

Dr. Anne Zink, State of Alaska, Chief Medical Officer, will receive the President’s Legacy & Leadership Award which recognizes an outstanding Tribal health leader and/or health care professional, either formal or informal, who has impacted the culture and performance of the Alaska Tribal Health System. Dr. Zink has led the State through one of the largest health emergencies we have seen this century. She is a trusted voice and an empathic leader that many Alaskans follow her advice to follow the public health guidelines adopted by the state administration for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bobby Heckman, Community Health Aide Practitioner, will receive the Distinguished Provider Award which recognizes a health care provider whose dedication has made a difference in the lives of those patients they care for and in the Alaska Tribal Health System. Mr. Heckman aided a man dying from COVID-19 in Pilot Station.

North Sound Region Children’s Coalition will receive the Outstanding Rural Health Champion Award which recognizes individuals, departments or organizations in rural Alaska who have made an outstanding contribution to the rural life, people, and/or programs by dedicating their time and talents to improving the health and well-being of others. This team was formed in 2018 and has worked tirelessly to provide the best care for patients. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team was traveling to villages to do well-child and vaccination visits.

If you missed the awards you can watch the video below.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Luminary Leadership Circle

Luminary Circle

Luminary Partner

Traditional Circle

Raven’s Nest

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