On March 17, 2010, the Arctic Slope Community Foundation hosted a launch event at the Denai’na Civic Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A silent auction featuring art pieces crafted by ASRC shareholders included a baleen basket made by Willie Nashookpuk and ulus crafted by James Matumeak and were available at the event for the highest bidders. Proceeds from the silent auction benefitted Arctic Slope Community Foundation and by the end of the evening the foundation raised over $20,000 in donations. In preparation for the event, friends of the foundation donated $250,000 in monetary and in-kind contributions.
Major contributions were made in part by the North Slope Borough, Conoco Philips, GCI, British Petroleum, Era Aviation and Shell.
Those in attendance did their part by dropping funds into the kamik or maklak circulated amongst the audience during “pass the boot."
Angela Cox emceed the event and stated, “the mission of the foundation is to strengthen our culture of giving and improve the quality of life among the people of the Arctic Slope region.” Cox also said, “The foundation’s vision is that every community within our region is healthy and vibrant, and that traditional Iñupiat values guide and enhance our modern ways of life.”
Throughout the evening, the Nagsragmiut Dancers from Anaktuvuk Pass, AK performed various motion dances prior to the fundraiser, a special performance was held for employees at the ASRC Anchorage office.
During the closing speech Laura Patkotak, president and chair of the Arctic Slope Community Foundation board of directors announced, “real generosity towards the future relies in giving all to the present.” Patkotak also said, “We will strive to make our communities healthier, stronger and better places to live.