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Calista Corporation Donates $10,000 To Bethel Senior Center

A Calista Corporation employee hands a prize to an elder at the June 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Akiachak, Alaska.

A Calista Corporation employee hands a prize to an elder at the June 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Akiachak, Alaska.

Photo courtesy Calista Corporation/Thom Leonard

Special Event Scheduled For July 31

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Calista Corporation has authorized a $10,000 donation to be made to the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center in Bethel, Alaska. Bethel is the hub community for the large Yukon-Delta region, a region that is approximately 10 percent of the land area of Alaska. The Y-K region is home to approximately 24,000 people and more than six percent of the population is 65 years of age or older, according to 2010 State of Alaska DCED data.

To celebrate the donation Calista and the Center will hold a brief ceremony on July 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center. Calista staff members will also provide a photo booth so that each elder can have a portrait photo taken. Calista will arrange to have keepsake 8x10 inch photos printed and sent to the Center. Calista staff will also be on hand to accept updates of Shareholder information, necessary to provide Calista Shareholders with newsletters, dividends and other special mailings.

Owned and operated by the Orutsararmiut Native Council, the Bethel native tribal corporation, the Center provides a host of services to the elders in the community. Services are provided in part through Nutrition, Transporation, and Support Services grant funding. Extremely high heating and electrical costs strain the Center’s budget and limit services.

“Running a nonprofit in rural Alaska is very different than operating on the road system,” said Senior Center Director Louise Charles. “We have a very limited number of companies we can go to seeking donations and funding. Calista Corporation has provided consistent support to the Bethel Senior Center and we are very thankful to Andrew Guy and Calista.”

“Calista Corporation will forever hold high our elders and the ANCSA mandate to improve the socio-economic standards of our region,” said Calista Corporation President Andrew Guy. “It is an honor to serve our region and our elders through donations, advocacy and other key efforts.”

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