2005 -- A year of highlights for HEEF

Photo courtesy of HEEF
HEEF Executive Director LuAnn Leonard, left, Trail of Painted Ponies President Rod Barker and Hopi artist Buddy Tubinaghtewa hold the $25,000 check the Painted Pony netted at a recent Scottsdale auction.

Photo courtesy of HEEF HEEF Executive Director LuAnn Leonard, left, Trail of Painted Ponies President Rod Barker and Hopi artist Buddy Tubinaghtewa hold the $25,000 check the Painted Pony netted at a recent Scottsdale auction.

During 2005, the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) has had many highlights some of which include the PF Chang Rock & Roll Marathon, 2005 Silent Auction, and the awarding of funding totaling $593,982.67 to the Hopi Tribe Grants & Scholarships Program and additional funding to other programs such as the Hopilavayi Summer Institute, and NAU Hopi Scholars Program.

Other highlights include the recent gift from the Trail of Painted Ponies and the Young Presidents Organization. Created by renowned Hopi artist Buddy Tubinaghtewa, the original Painted Pony sold at auction for $25,000. All of the proceeds benefited non-profit organizations, but the majority of the proceeds -- $12,750 went to support HEEF.

In 2005, HEEF was also the recipient of bequests totaling $100,000. HEEF received a donation of $75,000 from the estate of Terry Lester, an actor and longtime Hollywood, Calif. resident, and $25,000 from the estate of May Fluge, a resident of Glenwood Springs, Colo. Although HEEF was unable to meet these generous individuals, they thought highly of the Hopi people for their culture, values and traditions, thus including HEEF as benefactors in their wills.

HEEF also announced that the alumni from Northern Arizona University successfully defended their title and were announced the official winners of the second annual HEEF Alumni Challenge. The challenge was a friendly rivalry and competition to see which alumni group could raise the greatest amount of funds, all in support of educational endeavors of the Hopi Tribe.

As with the previous year the challenge was tightly contested between NAU and UofA. In the end through the combined efforts of alumni from NAU, UofA, ASU and out of state/community colleges, $4,746 was raised.

HEEF Executive Director LuAnn Leonard stated, "The HEEF looks forward to creating more highlights for 2006 and we would like to thank all donors, board members, volunteers, and supporters of HEEF for the their help in this past years success."

As HEEF looks forward, they are currently planning for their third annual Silent Auction. This year the auction will take place on Friday, March 3 at a new indoor location, the Hilton Garden Inn in Phoenix. Also during the silent auction HEEF will be holding a live auction of a pot donated by Hopi artist Jacob Koopee Jr., Best of Show Artist winner of the 2005 Heard Indian Fair & Market and 2005 Santa Fe Indian Market.

HEEF is still accepting donations of artwork as well as sponsorships for the event. As a nonprofit entity all donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

HEEF was established to provide a perpetual source of funding for the education of Hopi people. HEEF is the main grantor of higher education dollars for the Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarship Program and also supports other Hopi educational endeavors.

For more information HEEF can be reached at 928-734-2275, via e-mail at heef@hopieducationfund.org, or through its website at www.hopieducationfund.org.

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