PHOENIX, Ariz. - Through the combined support of volunteers, artists and attendees, the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) raised over $40,000 during their Seventh Annual Silent Auction held March 6. With 71 pieces contributed by both Hopi and non-Hopi artists, the auction was able to provide a variety of items for bid including kachina dolls, jewelry, paintings, pottery and even a designer handbag. In addition to the auction, over 50 items were donated by businesses and individuals, which were raffled throughout the evening.
Attendees were also able to purchase commemorative T-shirts. Miss Hopi Junell Puhuyesva was joined by Miss Hopi High Tonelle Huma, Derrick Davis and Mr. Indian ASU Hugh Dawahoya, who performed a dance that honored the Paiute people. Ed Kabotie also provided entertainment throughout the evening.
Thanks to the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Peabody Energy and other sponsors, the HEEF was able to offset all costs of the auction. Through the combined sales or art, raffle tickets, merchandise and sponsorship, the HEEF's total was $40,359.
As the HEEF's biggest fundraiser, much of the success from the event is attributed to volunteers, most notably co-chairs, Kerry Green and Gloria Lomahaftewa, who help staff to plan and implement the event over a seven month period.
Green explained, "Our Seventh Annual Silent Auction for HEEF was a fun and successful event. HEEF helped to fund the education of Brad Martin, a Hopi law student, who showed us the importance of our mission and that HEEF has tremendous impact on the lives of Hopi students. The quality of artwork donated by the Hopi and non-Hopi artists was impressive. We are grateful that they see the value of education and are enriching the world by encouraging these students."
One of the highlights at each auction is the unveiling of the signature piece.
This year's piece, "Blessing Song" was a collaboration between accomplished Hopi jewelers Verma "Sonwai" Nequatewa and Duane Maktima. Each shared their common sentiments of "reciprocity and joining together to contribute not only their talents, but to also serve as role models for younger generations, that helping in any way possible is always appreciated."
HEEF Marketing/Special Events Manager Sam Tenakhongva stated, "It is through the generous contributions of artists like Verma and Duane that help to make our events successful. They actually had the idea of collaborating in mind several years back and I am glad that they chose to HEEF to showcase this idea."
He added, "With over 70 pieces of art and numerous raffle prizes, the HEEF thanks each artist, raffle donor, sponsor and attendee who helped to make this our biggest auction to date and for those unable to attend we still have a limited amount of T-shirts, which feature 'Blessing Song' available."
For more information, visit www.hopieducationfund.org or to purchase a T-shirt, call (928) 734-2275 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org All proceeds from the event are placed into the endowed fund from which the interest generated is used to support scholarships and educational programs for the Hopi people. The HEEF is a non-profit entity of the Hopi Tribe and all contributions to the HEEF are tax-deductible.