Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Hopi Education Endowment
Fund will host a silent auction in Phoenix March 2. Proceeds
from the event go toward educational programs and scholarships
for Hopi youth. (submitted photo)
PHOENIX On March 2, the Hopi Education Endowment Fund
(HEEF) will reintroduce one of their more popular and successful
fundraising events, the HEEF Silent Auction.
The event takes place in Phoenix from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (2214 N. Central Ave.) and will
feature entertainment, traditional Hopi foods, a raffle, T-shirt
sales, and of course, unique and exquisite Hopi/Native American
art pieces up for bid.
The silent auction is great opportunity for local and non-local
artists to invest in the Hopi community while also being able to
promote their artwork to a larger audience. Previous HEEF silent
auction events attracted nationwide patrons of Hopi/Native American
art, Hopi/Native American artisans, and friends of Hopi in support
of HEEF's efforts for the education of the Hopi people.
Multiple sponsors have committed to support the event including
SRP (Salt River Projects), APS (Arizona Public Service), Patricia
Ryan & Terri Hall, GoalBusters Consulting, Northern Arizona
University, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona,
Walker & Armstrong, the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation
and AMERIND Risk.
"I'm looking forward to hosting wonderful event which wouldn't
be possible without the generous support we've received from our
sponsors," said HEEF Resource Development Manager, Justin Hongeva.
"It's exciting to be bringing back an event that was so beneficial
to our fundraising efforts."
Also supporting the event are a number of artists and individuals.
The silent auction and raffle will include a unique variety of art
creations from Mavasta Honyouti, Jonah Hill, Arvin Fredericks, Dan
Namingha, Carol L. Lujan, Diane R. Martinez, Melanie David, Gwen
Setalla, Wallace Lomakema, Iva Honyestewa, Monica Nuvamsa, Valerie
Nuvayestewa, Donna Humetewa Kaye, Marilyn Ray, Robert Crying Redbear,
J.D. Roybal, Harrison Begay, B. Yazz and Robert Redbird.
Several individuals and organizations also donated to the silent
auction from personal collections including Stephanie Parker, Carol
Pederson, Jaquelyn Slotkin and the Hopi Health Department.
"The silent auction would not be possible without art and the
HEEF is very grateful to artists for their creations and also people
who donated from their own collections. We invite all to join us
as this is their chance to not only get a piece of unique Native
art, but to also support Hopi students and the Hopi community,"
said HEEF Executive Director, LuAnn Leonard.
Funds raised by the auction will go directly into the HEEF investment
account to support Hopi educational programs and provide funding
for Hopi college students via the Hopi Tribe Grants & Scholarships
Program. The event is open to the public with no entry fee required.
More information on the auction including donating artwork or purchasing
raffle tickets is available at www.hopieducationfund.org
or by calling (928) 734-2275 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HEEF is a 7871 (a) charitable non-profit organization and all
donations are tax-deductible.
Education Endowment Fund
With values instilled through traditional teachings, Hopi tribal
leaders today still follow the visions of leaders before them as
each has an aspiration to ensure educational opportunities will
continue to exist for the Hopi people. Recognizing education as
a high priority the Hopi Tribe knew the need to provide a secure
source of funds for education.