HEEF holds benefit art sale for Hopi students

<i>HEEF courtesy photo</i><br>
Traditional style “Broadface” kachina doll.

<i>HEEF courtesy photo</i><br> Traditional style “Broadface” kachina doll.

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) will hold an art sale in Phoenix on March 5-6 at the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (2214 N. Central Ave., across from the Heard Museum) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 5 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 6.

The 2011 HEEF Art Sale - Benefitting Hopi Students - is conducted through the sale of donated art pieces from such renowned artists as Dan Namingha, Tony Abeyta, Iva Honyestewa and others. The sale of these items raise funds that will go towards the support of Hopi students in the form of grants and scholarships as well as supporting Hopi educational programs.

Other items such as a "Three Corn Maidens" Pendleton blanket, jewelry and more will be available as prizes during a raffle to be conducted at the sale.

HEEF Executive Director LuAnn Leonard stated, "We invite and welcome everyone to join us at our event as this is not only a great opportunity to purchase art and raffle tickets, but to also support and learn about HEEF and the many ways the organization contributes to future generations of Hopi students."

In support of HEEF's efforts and the event, 27 artists have joined the financial commitments of major sponsor Husk Partners and supporter sponsor Walker & Armstrong, LLC in donating an art piece.

HEEF Development/Resource Manager Vernon Kahe stated, "We're very grateful to our sponsors and with their support we look forward to hosting a wonderful event." He also added that the HEEF is still accepting sponsorships.

Since being established by the Hopi Tribal Council in 2000, the HEEF has provided over $5 million in funding for scholarships, grants and educational programs for the Hopi people.

For more information on the sale visit www.hopieducationfund.org. To donate artwork/purchase raffle tickets, contact the HEEF at (928) 734-2275 or email heef@hopieducationfund.org

The HEEF is a 7871 (a) charitable non-profit organization. All contributions and donations are tax-deductible.

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