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This photo shows Iuliia Segal, First Bank, and Christy Ciambor, Juneau Community Foundation.

Courtesy Photo This photo shows Iuliia Segal, First Bank, and Christy Ciambor, Juneau Community Foundation.

Thank you for the week of July 3

Thank you for making Celebration 2022 possible.

Thank you for making Celebration 2022 possible

Sealaska Heritage Institute would like to thank the many volunteers, moderators and friends who helped with Celebration 2022. A special thank you to the local businesses and organizations that granted administrative leave to their employees for Celebration volunteer shifts. This biennial Native festival would not be possible without the hundreds of people who donate their time, many of whom have participated in every Celebration. We salute their dedication and generosity of spirit. Celebration could not happen without them.

Celebration also would not be possible without our corporate and individual sponsors. Many thanks to Sealaska, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Community Foundation, City & Borough of Juneau, Goldbelt Inc., Rasmuson Foundation, Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida, Indian Tribes of Alaska, Huna Totem Corporation, University of Alaska Southeast, GCI, Coeur Alaska, Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, National Congress of American Indians, KTOO, Rick Harris & Pat Tynan, Elgee Rehfeld, Hecla Greens Creek, Northrim Bank, Travel Juneau, Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing, Authority, Simpson Tillinghast Sheehan, SERRC, Earthjustice Alaska, Betsy Sims, Toni Mallott — In memory of Albert Kookesh and Byron Mallott, Suzi Jones, Bob & Rita Moore, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Jaeleen Kookesh — In memory of Albert Kookesh, Teresa Schimanski, Nieves Montero Miljure, Roberta Gulledge, Santiago Gloria Tordillos, Consuelo & William Parham, Heather Peele, Jesse Kiehl & Karen Allen and Harriet Silva. We also thank the individuals and businesses that purchased ads in the program.

A tradition of Celebration participants is to make contributions during the event in memory of departed loved ones. We would like to thank the following memorial donors: Toni Mallott in memory of Byron Mallott, Clarence Jackson, and Walter Soboleff; Rick Haida; Becky Brandt in memory of Ted Andrianoff; Patricia Boss in memory of Maude Kasko; Henry J. Stevens in memory of Frederick J. Stevens Sr.; Rosemary Mill in memory of Frederick J. Stevens Sr.; Mary A. Clark in memory of Oscar M. Frank, Sr.; Worl family and Thunderbirds in memory of Kingeistí David Katzeek, Nancy Quinto, and Betty Evenson Mercedes; Anonymous; Claudette Curtis in memory of Mary Reeves; and the Wrangell dance group in memory of Marge Byrd.

We also thank the following for their contributions: Dance group participants, Juried Art Show participants, Juried Youth Art Exhibit participants, Native artist vendors, food contest entrants, judges for our competitions, children in the Toddler Regalia Review and their families, storytellers and personnel at Centennial Hall and the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.

We appreciate the extensive coverage by news outlets, particularly the Juneau Empire, KTOO and KINY, and the hard work of the excellent crew at KTOO 360TV, which ran our live broadcast of Celebration and assisted with SHI’s live coverage of the Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus grand opening and parade. Thanks especially to Mikko Wilson for his ingenuity and ability to make all of the components of a live broadcast work, even when it seems they just won’t. Finally, we would be adrift without Juneau’s best audio engineer, Betsy Sims, who makes the magic happen.

We also thank the community of Juneau for supporting Celebration and for being so welcoming to participants.

Thanks for helping to make Celebration 2022 one of the best Celebrations ever!

SHI President Rosita Worl, on behalf of Sealaska Heritage trustees and staff

Thank you for supporting equity program

The Juneau Community Foundation staff and board wishes to thank First Bank for continued support of the Foundation’s Youth Equity Grants program. In partnership with the Zach Gordon Youth Center, we are able to distribute funds to youth in the Juneau community. Over $45,000 in grants have assisted more than 265 low-income students with participating in local youth activities, and camps. First Bank, through their Community Grants program, has helped to make this possible. We are so grateful!

Christy Ciambor, on behalf of Juneau Community Foundation staff and board

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