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Southcentral Foundation to kick off 30th anniversary celebration at Saturday’s annual Gathering event

WHAT:                    

The Southcentral Foundation (SCF) 15th Annual Gathering is a community wellness fair that is free and open to the public. This year’s event also celebrates SCF’s 30 years of service to the community.  Throughout the day activities, refreshments, speakers and performances are shared to celebrate healthy lifestyles and fun.  

WHO: 

Hosted by SCF, the CIRI nonprofit health care affiliate

WHERE:

Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center,

In the Eklutna Exhibit Hall on the street level

WHEN:

Saturday, March 10, 2012

10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (see schedule of program & activities below)                              

Program Schedule:

10:00 a.m.           Doors open

10:30 a.m.           Welcome and blessing

Opening remarks by Gov. Sean Parnell                 

Susan Anderson, The CIRI Foundation   

10:50 a.m.           Performance by the Princess Warriors

11:00 a.m.           Zumba

11:15 a.m.           Performance by Pamyua

11:45 a.m.           Prize drawing

11:50 a.m.           Men’s Wellness Initiative Drum Entrance

12:00 p.m.           Speakers

·         Margie Brown, CIRI President/CEO

·         James Segura, Chairman of SCF Board of Directors

·         Katherine Gottlieb, SCF President/CEO

Special 30th anniversary video

12:25 p.m.           Special recognition of current and past board members

                                Guest Speakers

·         Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan

·         Chris Mandregan, director, Alaska Area Native Health Service

·         Lee Stephan, President and First Chief of the Native Village of Eklutna

·         Debra Call, Knik Tribal Council President

·         Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation

·         Jaclyn Sallee, Koahnic Broadcast Corp. President/CEO

·         Kristin English, Cook Inlet Tribal Council COO

·         Roald Helgesen, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium CEO

·         Liz Connell, former legislative assistant to Sen. Ted Stevens

·         Crystal Marrs on behalf of Carl Marrs

Recognition of SCF vice presidents

1:00 p.m.             Prize drawing

Pamyua leads Happy Birthday in Yup’ik followed by English

Cake cutting on stage and cake served at refreshment tables

1:30 p.m.             Tsimshian dance group Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim performs

2:30 p.m.             Performance by Gwich’in Athabascan Fiddler Bill Stevens

3:15 p.m.             Fiddle dance with encore performance by Gwich’in Fiddler Bill Stevens

Actress Irene Bedard autograph signing at (table near ballroom entrance, in stage area)

4:00 p.m.             Closing remarks/ Event closes

Activities:

10:30 – 3:30        More than 156 information and Native artist booths

10:30 – 3:30        SCF Health Education & Wellness Center activities

10:30 – 3:30        Face painting

10:30 – 3:30        Free horse drawn carriage rides

3:15 p.m.             Fiddle dance

WHY:    The SCF Gathering was created 15 years ago to capture the Alaska Native traditions of getting together with family and friends to visit, eat, dance and share while recognizing and celebrating physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Over the years, the Gathering has grown into a community event with 2,000 to 2,700 people in attendance and upwards of 200 information booths representing SCF programs and community organizations.    

About Southcentral Foundation

Established in 1982, Southcentral Foundation’s (SCF) mission is to work together with the Native Community to achieve wellness through health and related services. The nonprofit health care affiliate of Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), SCF has grown in its 30 years, from a single dental clinic to an internationally recognized, award-winning health care organization that some 1,500 people and manages more than 65 health care programs and services. SCF is a recipient of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – now one of 15 health care organizations in the nation to ever receive this prestigious recognition. 

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