Powwow for Hope a Success
Friday, July 17 2015
Written by The Circle Staff,
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powwow for hope a success-ivy vaino.jpgOver 3,000 people attended the 4th Annual Powwow for Hope: Dancing for Life, Love & Hope on May 2 in Minneapolis.

The Native American community event raised over $70,000 to help prevent and fight cancer. The American Indian Cancer Foundation is honored by all the contributions that made the 2015 Powwow for Hope a huge success.
Powwow for Hope activities included: an outdoor lacrosse clinic for the youth, rock climbing, tours of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community mobile mammography unit, survivor and caregiver specials, a presentation by Make a Wish Foundation and a jingle dress healing song.
Powwow for Hope teams played a dynamic role in fundraising for this event. A total of 34 teams raised $35,182.50. The American Indian Cancer Foundation acknowledges and appreciates each and every one of the Powwow for Hope teams.

Special recognition to the top fundraising teams:

  • Top Overall and Top Family: Team Rivera, $4,908.00

  • Top Organization: DIW (Division of Indian Work) - Two Steppers, $3,390.00

  • Top School: American Indian Magnet School, $1,872.98

  • Top Individual: Ivy Vainio, $1,810.00

powwow for hope a success-aims.jpgVaino's team was formed in memory of her great uncle, Mally Mercer. He was a proud member of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe and a Korean War Veteran. Vaino had a very creative approach to her fundraising efforts by offering her specially made dream catchers and prints of her beautiful photographs. 

The American Indian Magnet School students were very creative with their fundraising techniques. They fundraised by posting video challenges and making their own crafts and selling their items at the Powwow for Hope. They also donated many items to our Silent Auction.

The DIW Two Steppers gave the youth within their program an opportunity to volunteer and help others. Throughout the year, they made crafts with Hope Flanagan. Both staff and youth donated their crafts to the Powwow for Hope. The youth began their pledges two months prior to the Powwow and danced the entire day. powwow for hope a success-diw.jpg

The Powwow for Hope has become an annual event that motivates the community to be more aware of cancer risk factors, prevention and general awareness. It is also a time to come together and create a place of healing.


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