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SAN MANUEL BAND OF SERRANO MISSION INDIANS IS “RESPECT OF THE EARTH” SPONSOR FOR “KEEPING THE CREATIVE SPIRIT ALIVE” NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURES FOUNDATION GALA FUNDRAISER

 


VANCOUVER, Wash., April 9 – The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce that the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians in California is a “Respect of the Earth” sponsor” of the Foundation’s gala fundraiser to be held May 17 in Portland, Oregon.

“The San Manuel Band is known throughout Indian Country and, indeed, throughout California and the rest of the country, for its generosity,” says NACF President/CEO T. Lulani Arquette. “We are immensely grateful and humbled by their sponsorship of our event, which sets an example to all Americans – Native and non-Native – about the importance of supporting the work of our Indigenous artists and organizations.”

“We are hopeful that many other tribes, businesses and individuals will follow the fine example of the San Manuel Band and support our efforts now and into the future,” says Arquette.

The gala, which will start at 5:30 p.m. at Leftbank Annex (101 North Weidler Street), is billed as a spectacular evening of entertainment, sumptuous food and celebration. “This will be a wonderful and unique opportunity to mingle with like-minded patrons and support Native arts and cultures,” says Arquette. Guests will meet and interact with NACF grantees and sponsors, who will come from across the country. A Native-inspired dinner of Hawaiian, Alaskan and Native American cuisine will be served. The evening program also features musical performances by award-winning and internationally acclaimed musician Gabriel Ayala and singer Raiatea Helm (Native Hawaiian) and a visual arts auction featuring work by prominent Native artists, including Tony Abeyta (Diné), Preston Singletary (Tlingit) and Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), “Best of Show” winner at the 2011 Santa Fe Indian Market. For out of area guests, there will be suggestions for an extended weekend visit in Portland/SW Washington.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online at http://www.nacf.us/gala or by calling the Foundation’s office at (360) 314-2421. Individual tickets are $150 (purchase online before April 15 and save $30). Sponsorships are $500–$35,000.

About the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charity committed to building a fund dedicated exclusively to foster the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures. In two years of granting, the NACF awarded $904,000 in grants to 54 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists and organizations in 20 states. To learn more about the NACF, visit http://www.nacf.us and sign up for the free e-newsletter. Become a fan of the organization on Facebook.

 

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