Resilient and Brilliant
Thank you for a most successful evening!
What a memorable night! More than 550 guests joined in Oregon’s largest celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum. The 14th Annual NAYA Gala and Auction showcased Native American culture through performances by flutist Karrie Young, violinist Swil Kanim, Lummi, and an amazing presentation of Live and Silent Auction items. The opening prayer provided by Clay Muwin River, Passamaquoddy/Mi’kmaq, set the tone for a powerful evening of support for Portland’s native community.
Thanks to you, we raised a record breaking $390,000, providing much-needed funds for NAYA’s life-changing wraparound services that impact 10,000 community members each year.
We thank our staff for their amazing dedication to their work and for telling NAYA’s story so well. We thank our Emcee, Zeke Smith, and Auctioneer, Johnna Wells, for their lively banter; and thank William Miller, Cherokee/Blackfeet, for sharing his inspiring story that encouraged giving at the highest levels. We also thank the talented artists and community members who provided amazing work for our Live Auction that continues to raise the profile of our Gala and Auction.
We were pleased to introduce the inaugural edition of the NAYA Gala Table Runner, design donated by Peter Boome, Upper Skagit.
And we thank you, and all of our partners, supporters and sponsors for the resounding affirmation of our work and for celebrating with us. Together, we can accomplish the incredible for our community.