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The PFD deadline is coming up this Saturday, March 31, and we’re asking Doyon Foundation supporters to help us finish strong!

Last year, 57 donors contributed $3,975 to support Foundation scholarships. So far this year, we have $3,325 in pledges from 35 donors. Will you help us match last year’s total by Pick. Click. Giving this week?

It’s easy to make a pledge when you fill out your PFD application at www.pfd.alaska.gov. Already applied for your PFD? Not a problem. Simply log back into www.pfd.alaska.gov and click “add a Pick. Click. Give. pledge.”

If you’ve already pledged, THANK YOU! You can still help by spreading the word – send an email, tell a friend, or share this post on social media (please tag us @DoyonFoundation).

The dollars you share with the Foundation go directly to our scholarship program, which help our students make their dreams a reality.

Want to learn more about the Foundation and our scholarships? Visit us at www.doyonfoundation.com! Thank you for your support!

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship fund, the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund, established by their daughter, Jennifer Fate. Jennifer, a member of both the Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation boards, created the fund to honor Mary Jane and Hugh’s accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people.

IMG_2992-001“There are many kinds of leadership. There’s community leadership, business leadership, educational leadership and the kind of leadership that stands up and says difficult truths out loud,” Jennifer said. “This fund is in honor of my parents, Mary Jane and Bud Fate. In their 65-year love story, they lived all of these types of leadership.”

“This fund celebrates those who strive to make our community a better place and our people, a stronger and healthier people,” Jennifer added. “It’s a fund that also recognizes the importance of those who bring leadership to healing past traumas, stopping current abuses and reshaping lives.”

Mary Jane’s life has been a positive example of leadership and involvement in her Alaska Native community. Overcoming adversity at a young age, Mary Jane understood the significance of cultural support and community involvement. Through practicing her Athabascan subsistence traditions, through embracing leadership, and with the resilient support of her husband, Hugh, Mary Jane became one of the most inspirational and motivating Alaska Native leaders of her generation.

Both Mary Jane and Hugh dedicated their lives to the betterment of the Alaska Native and Doyon region people. They were co-founders of the Fairbanks Native Association, mentored many Alaska Natives and Doyon region peoples, and provided dental health services throughout rural interior villages, traveling by small plane to villages where no dental services existed. Mary Jane served as the first female co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, president of Baan O Yeel Kon Village Corporation, and on numerous other boards and commissions.

“We are grateful for the example set by Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr., and we are grateful for Jennifer’s generosity in establishing this scholarship, which will make it possible for future Alaska Native leaders to get the education they need to carry the torch forward into the next generation,” said Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director.

Doyon shareholders studying health care, mental health care, business or any profession that contributes to the greater Alaska Native business, cultural or social community will be eligible for the new scholarship. Funds may be used for college, graduate school, post-secondary education, vocational or certificate programs. Preference will be given to students overcoming adversity or intending to enter a profession that contributes to the social or economic well-being of the Alaska Native community.

The first scholarship from the fund will be a basic scholarship awarded in spring 2018. The deadline for the spring 2018 scholarships has passed. A competitive scholarship will also be awarded in academic year 2018 – 2019. The next competitive scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, 2018, for scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

“Please encourage Doyon shareholders working on a degree or vocation in business, education, mental health and health, substance abuse counseling, or spiritual and cultural training to apply for this scholarship. And thank you to the many leaders out there. Anaa Basee’,” Jennifer said.

Contributions from other donors to the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund are welcome. Secure online donations may be made on the Foundation website; be sure to note “Fate leadership scholarship” in the “special instructions” box. Donations may also be made by mailing a check to Doyon Foundation at 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Please note “Fate leadership scholarship” in the memo line.

For more information about Doyon Foundation, scholarship eligibility and application instructions, or opportunities to support students, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Consider adding one more name to your shopping list – a student

Dear friends,

‘Tis the season of giving! If you’re like us, you have a long list of special people to shop for. It’s such a wonderful time of year and wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to friends, family and colleagues how much you love and appreciate them.

holiday gift listAs you consider the perfect gift for each person on your list, we’d like to encourage you to consider adding one more name to your list – a student. While most gifts end up on a shelf somewhere, a gift to the Doyon Foundation scholarship fund has lasting meaning.

By investing in a student’s education today, you allow them to attend school tomorrow, ultimately giving them the tools they need to become leaders and positive community contributors in the future.

Your gift this holiday season will be impactful for many years to come.

Plus, if you make a gift by December 31, 2017, your donation is tax-deductible this year.

There are two easy ways to make your gift:

  1. Make a secure online donation at doyonfoundation.com.
  2. Mail in a check to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.

Undirected gifts will go to our general scholarship fund, which awards basic scholarships to part-time and full-time students. You may also choose to direct your donation to a specific scholarship fund by noting that when you make your gift.

You may also make a gift in honor or in memory of someone special. Simply note that in the “special instructions” online or in the memo line of your check.

From all of us at Doyon Foundation, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the coming year!

Doris

Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation Executive Director

Student Gift List

Here are a few ways your gift can make a tangible gift for a student:

  • $15: Starting cost for a required textbook
  • $22: Shuttle and bus transportation for one semester
  • $51: Parking permit for one semester
  • $135: One semester of basic medical services
  • $202: One in-state credit
  • $595: Basic meal plan for one semester
  • $1,000: Half the estimated cost of books and supplies
  • $2,070: One semester of on-campus housing

* Estimated expenses from uaf.edu.

A new competitive scholarship for “aspiring young lawyers” will be available through Doyon Foundation starting in fall 2018. Doyon, Limited President and CEO Aaron Schutt and his wife, Marissa Flannery, announced the establishment of an endowment for the new scholarship during the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic reception in June. Watch a video of the announcement.

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Both graduates of Stanford Law School, the couple partnered with the Doyon, Limited board to help establish the fund, and have made a five-year commitment to getting the scholarship in place. Schutt presented the first check, in the amount of $10,000, to Doyon Foundation Executive Director Doris Miller at the reception.

“Did you know there is not a single Alaska Native judge in our entire court system? And I’m not sure there ever has been,” Schutt told the audience at the reception. “In our Native community, there is a great need for more Native lawyers, so I am proud to work with the Doyon board on this.”

“I know very well the cost and benefits a legal degree can have for Native students,” said Flannery, who shared that she and her husband each graduated with more than $100,000 in student loan debts. “We’ve never regretted our choice, and we hope that other students will make that choice.”

“We believe our degrees have benefited our communities tremendously,” continued Flannery, a partner at Sonosky and Chambers, a law firm devoted to representing Native American interests. “I hope that other young, aspiring Alaska Native lawyers who receive this scholarship will also go back to work for their communities.”

Establishing the scholarship was also very personally meaningful to Flannery. “When Aaron came to me with this idea, it reminded me of my grandmother. She didn’t graduate from high school, but she always prioritized education. She made sure all eight of her daughters graduated high school, she encouraged them to go on to college and a number of them did.”

“Before I finished law school, she passed away,” Flannery shared. “One of her requests to her daughters was they sell her house and her truck, and put those funds into a scholarship fund. So I am excited about the opportunity to do something similar, to follow in her footsteps and continue to promote education.”

“We are very grateful for the vision and the dedication Aaron, Marissa and the Doyon, Limited board have shown by establishing this scholarship,” Miller said. “It will undoubtedly benefit many students who want to go into this important field, but who need the financial support to do so. Many of our students return to their home communities to work after graduating, so this is an investment with long-term benefits for us all.”

If you would like to join in supporting this new scholarship fund, you may make a secure online donation on the Foundation website; be sure to note “competitive law scholarship” in the “special instructions” box. Donations may also be made by mailing a check to Doyon Foundation at 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Please note “competitive law scholarship” in the memo line.

For more information about Doyon Foundation, scholarship eligibility and application instructions, or opportunities to support students, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

 

Doyon Foundation, with the support of the golfers, sponsors, planning committee, staff and volunteers, held another successful Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic June 22 – 23 in Fairbanks, Alaska. In addition to raising money for the Foundation’s Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, the popular annual event also honored the memory of the late Morris Thompson.

“Morris was an enthusiastic and tireless supporter of education, and we are honored to hold this event in his memory,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director. “The Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to students who exhibit the qualities we admired most in Morris – vision, dedication to excellence, exemplary leadership and integrity.”

The 17th annual event kicked off Thursday, June 22 with a skills tournament warm-up at Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright, followed by a reception and Calcutta at Wedgewood Resort. See the skills tournament results on the Foundation website.

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Aaron Schutt and Marissa Flannery announce the new competitive scholarship for law students at the Calcutta reception.

The reception featured two very special moments. The first was when Doyon, Limited President and CEO Aaron Schutt took the stage with his wife, Marissa Flannery, to announce the establishment of an endowment for a new competitive scholarship for aspiring young lawyers.

Both graduates of Stanford Law School, the couple partnered with the Doyon, Limited board to help establish the new scholarship fund, making a five-year commitment to getting the scholarship in place.

“I know very well the cost and benefits a legal degree can have for Native students,” said Flannery, who said she and her husband each graduated with more than $100,000 in student loan debts. “We’ve never regretted our choice, and we hope that other students will make that choice.”

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Student speaker Annie Sanford addresses reception guests.

Student speaker Annie Sanford of Tok, Alaska, then shared her story, giving the audience a real-life example of how their support makes a difference in the lives of students.

“Let’s see if I learned anything from my communications class I took last semester,” Sanford quipped at the start of her speech, drawing encouraging laughter from the filled room.

“Normally I don’t volunteer myself to give speeches, but I felt it was important to express how important of a role Doyon Foundation has played in my higher education,” continued Sanford, who is pursuing an associate’s degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and hopes to join the university’s very competitive radiologic technology program in 2018. Her post-graduate plans include staying in Fairbanks to give back to the community that has given her so much.

“I feel like Doyon Foundation is a third proud parent in my pursuit of a higher education,” Sanford said. “I want to thank Doyon Foundation and their sponsors for supporting not only me but students across Alaska pursuing our educational dreams.” Read more about Sanford on the Foundation’s blog and see a video of her speech on the Foundation YouTube channel.

The evening concluded with a spirited Calcutta, where teams and members of the audience bid on the teams they thought would win the golf tournament the next day. Always a popular event, the Calcutta brought in more than $50,000, which was split between the winning bidders and the Foundation scholarship fund.

The festivities continued on Friday, June 23 with the golf tournament, which drew 33 teams of four players each. By early afternoon, the teams had finished the 18 holes at Chena Bend and were celebrating at the golf banquet.

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First-place team at the 2017 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic.

Congratulations to the first-place team comprised of Rick Boyles, Dan Clark, Rob Graves and Scott Jepsen. See the full list of winners on the Foundation website.

“Thank you to the golfers, sponsors and volunteers for bringing your great energy and fun to the tournament this year,” Miller said. “We couldn’t have asked for better conditions and fundraising results. Thanks for your continued support and generosity.”

This year marked the 17th year of the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic. Since inception, the event has enabled the Foundation to award 173 students with Morris Thompson scholarships totaling $370,180.

For more information on Doyon Foundation or the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, visit www.doyonfoundation.com.

Is your Fred Meyer Rewards Card still supporting Doyon Foundation? It’s time to double check!

Fred Meyer community rewardsLast summer, Fred Meyer added a re-enrollment policy to their Community Rewards program. Now, each year, before the end of June, shoppers must re-link their Fred Meyer account to Doyon Foundation to keep those donations coming our way.

So please take a moment to double check that your rewards are benefiting the students and language revitalization projects at Doyon Foundation.

And if you haven’t already enrolled, please take this opportunity to do so! You can support the Foundation simply by shopping at Fred Meyer and using your Rewards card.

Here’s how to re-link your account or enroll for the first time:

  • Log into your account or create a new account at fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
  • Search for Doyon Foundation by name or by our nonprofit number: 94583.
  • Link your card to Doyon Foundation.
  • Use your card every time you shop. Every dollar you spend helps us earn a donation from Fred Meyer! And you’ll still earn your rewards points, fuel points and rebates.

For more information about Fred Meyer Community Rewards customer re-enrollment, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

Thank you for your support!

The final report has come in and, as of the 2017 PFD application deadline, 61 donors pledged $3,850 to support Doyon Foundation scholarships. While our Pick. Click. Give. contributions are down quite a bit from last year, our gratitude for your support is high!

Unfortunately, we did not reach our $5,000 Pick. Click. Give. goal for the year. But fortunately, there is still time to help us get there! Although the PFD application deadline has passed, you can still add or change a Pick. Click. Give. donation through August 31.

Adding a Pick. Click. Give. contribution is easy:

  1. Visit pfd.alaska.gov.
  2. Click on the green “add or change a Pick. Click. Give. donation” button on the right side of the page.
  3. Log into your account.
  4. Make your donation to Doyon Foundation.
  5. Smile knowing you helped us get one step closer to our Pick. Click. Give. goal, while helping a student move toward their educational goals!

Need a reminder of how important your support is? Check out these real student stories:

Thank you all for your support of Doyon Foundation and our students!

Did you Pick. Click. Give. when you filled out your PFD application this year? If so, post this badge to your Facebook page or add it to your email to let everyone know you are supporting students and saving languages with Doyon Foundation!

If you haven’t yet made a Pick. Click. Give. pledge, please consider doing so today. Less than 5 percent of Alaskans are giving this year, and nonprofits across the state are feeling the decline (including Doyon Foundation). We need your help to reach our Pick. Click. Give. goal!

Already filed for your PFD? Don’t worry – it is easy to log back into your PFD application and add a Pick. Click. Give. donation. Need help? Check out these simple step-by-step instructions.

From all of us here at Doyon Foundation, thank you for your support!

Pick. Click. Give. When You Complete Your 2017 PFD Application

df-pcg-meme-for-facebookLast year, 29,543 Alaskans pledged $3.19 million in Pick. Click. Give. donations – including the 70 donors who contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation! If you’d like to support the Foundation’s work this year, please consider making a Pick. Click. Give. pledge when you complete your 2017 PFD application. The application period is open now through March 31.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Pick. Click. Givers, whose contributions support our general scholarship fund. As student Joseph Bifelt says, “With your help, anything is possible!”

Last year’s Pick. Click. Give. pledges compare favorably to 2015, when 75 Alaskans gave $5,375 to the Foundation.

With the support of donors like these, we are able to provide scholarships and offer cultural opportunities to students who are pursuing their educational, career and life goals. During the 2015 – 2016 academic year, the Foundation awarded 578 scholarships totaling $684,633.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, please contact us at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Thank You to Our 2016 Pick. Click. Give. Donors!

Amber Allen

Barbara Beatus

Aaron Brees

Alana Brown

Patricia Brown

Xavier Brown

Cullen Carlo

Kimberly Carlo

Teyah Clark

Peter Demientieff

Tiana Demientieff

Stacey Demoski

Eta-Starr Edwardsen

Ralph Elook

Mavor Englishoe

Evelyn Esmailka

Diane Evans-Sommer

Bentley Foster

Collin Foster

Laura Fox

Monica Garcia

Eric Girard

Rania Girard

Carol Greenway

Allan Hayton

Sharon Hildebrand

Dewey Hoffman

Laverne Huntington

Cole Isaacson

Cruz Isaacson

Anthony Mallott

Jamie Marunde

Fredrick Matheson

Doris Miller

Craig Mishler

Calvin Moses

Paul Mountain

Sarah Obed

Susan Paskvan

Terri Paul-Smoke

Austyn Pedebone

Sunny Pedebone

Evon Peter

Melinda Peter

Mariah Pitka – Jenkins

Sonta Roach

Erin Rose

Mary Sam

Aaron Schutt

Breanna Semaken

Geraldine Simon

Natasha Singh

Caleb Smoke

Jesse Smoke

Larissa Sommer

Leann Sommer

Dena Sommer-Pedebone

Allen Todd

Ashley Wallace

 

There is still time to make an impact in the lives of the individuals Doyon Foundation serves through scholarships and language revitalization!  Please consider making  a tax-deductible year-end gift to the Foundation by December 31st.

Click here to give online or you can fill out a donor form and mail a check to:

Doyon Foundation
615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101
Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701

We wish you the happiest of New Years!  Thank you for your continued support.

-Doyon Foundation

“With your help, anything is possible,” said Joseph Bifelt to the Doyon Foundation donors during his speech at the Foundation’s 2015 scholarship award ceremony.

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Jessica Black, left, and Joe Bifelt, right, at the 2015 Doyon Foundation scholarship award ceremony

Bifelt, a Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship recipient, is a student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

“Growing up in the village, I witnessed many teachers come and go. They did not necessarily understand our culture and who we were. I feel that I would be able to relate very well to the rural Alaskan students and have the ability to help them build brighter futures both for themselves and their community,” Bifelt said.

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Support students when you Pick. Click. Give to Doyon Foundation!

Alaskans have the opportunity to help make “anything possible” for students like Bifelt by supporting Doyon Foundation through the Pick. Click. Give. program. The 2016 Pick. Click. Give. campaign kicked off January 1, and Alaskans are encouraged to support student scholarships by donating a portion of their PFD to Doyon Foundation when completing the 2016 PFD application.

In 2015, a total of 75 Alaskans contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give. With the support of donors like these, the Foundation is able to provide scholarships and offer cultural opportunities to Alaska Native students who are pursuing their educational, career and life goals. During the 2014 – 2015 academic year, the Foundation awarded a total of 565 scholarships totaling $465,237.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact 907-459-2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Did you know it’s not too late to Pick Click Give? You can add or change a donation on the PFD homepage through August 31!

Student Elizabeth Jerue says, "Thank you for Pick Click Giving!"

Student Elizabeth Jerue says, “Thank you for Pick Click Giving!”

A big thank you to the 81 Alaskans who have already pledged a donation to Doyon Foundation through the Pick Click Give program! With your support, we’ve already raised $5,625 for our scholarship program this year! Read more about our Pick Click Give campaign in a previous blog post.

Do you think we can get to $7,000 in Pick Click Give donations this year? If you’d like to help us reach our “$7,000 Challenge,” simply add or change your Pick Click Give donation at http://pfd.alaska.gov/ by August 31!

Doyon Foundation extends an enormous “thank you” to the 120 golfers, 50 volunteers and 50 sponsors for “chipping in for education” at the recent 15th annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic! The 2015 event took place Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19 in Fairbanks, Alaska. See event photos on Facebook.

2015 MTMGC Winners - Stewart Thompson, Dennis Mullen, Frank Thompson, Micah Bartlett

This year’s golf classic was remarkable for several reasons – gross income (before expenses) from the Calcutta, live auction and golf classic totaled more than $255,000! Plus, the tournament field sold out within two weeks of mailing out the invitation, and all 18 holes were sponsored.

A total of 120 golfers on 30 teams participated in the 2015 event. Congratulations to this year’s winning teams, including the first place golf classic winners, Micah Bartlett, Stewart Thompson, Dennis Mullen and Frank Thompson, who were also the winning Calcutta team buyer! See the full list of tournament winners, as well as winners of the putting contest, longest drive contest and chipping contest, on the Foundation website.

The Calcutta, held Thursday evening at the Wedgewood Resort, featured a live auction. Thank you to all who participated, especially the auction winners, who successfully bid on items including several all-expenses-paid trips and collectors golf bags.

A total of 50 individuals also volunteered their time at this year’s event. See the list of volunteers on the Foundation website.

The 2015 golf classic brought in more than $152,000 in corporate sponsorships. The Foundation thanks all 50 sponsors, including $15,000+ doctorate-level sponsors Doyon Family of Companies, KeyBank and Key Equipment Finance, and Sodexo. See the list of sponsors on the Foundation website.

The annual golf classic raises money for the Foundation’s Morris Thompson competitive scholarships. With the support of golfers and sponsors, the Foundation awarded $46,000 in scholarships to 14 students during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Read about this year’s recipients in a previous blog post.

Jennifer Romer, a $5,000 graduate competitive scholarship recipient, was the student speaker at this year’s Calcutta. Romer, an Athabascan/Yup’ik originally from Fairbanks and Bethel, is a graduate student at New York University, where she is pursuing a master’s of science in sports business, professional and collegiate operations. In her address, Romer spoke on “life-long learning as it relates to a main component of our culture and my career.” She also thanked Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation employees and volunteers for their tireless effort.

“Doyon Foundation has provided me with financial support that has contributed to successfully completing year one of two of my graduate studies,” she said.

The 2016 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic will take place Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17.

For more information on the classic or how to get involved, email admin@doyon.com or call 907.459.2098.

Doyon Foundation’s office will be closed May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.  Have a safe and fun weekend.

This year, 81 donors pledged a total of $5,625 to support Doyon Foundation scholarships through the Pick. Click. Give. program! From all of us here at the Foundation, thank you for your generosity. View our Pick. Click. Give. photo gallery!

Pick. Click. Give. donor and Doyon Foundation Board President Lanien Livingston

Pick. Click. Give. donor and Doyon Foundation Board President Lanien Livingston

Doyon Foundation student and Miss WEIO Chanda Simon

Doyon Foundation student and Miss WEIO Chanda Simon

Overall, $3.3 million was raised for Alaska nonprofits through Pick. Click. Give. this year – a new record for the seven-year program. Donations to the Foundation were up as well, from $5,475 in 2014 to $5,625 in 2015.

Although the 2015 PFD application period has closed, it’s not too late to make a Pick. Click. Give. contribution. Simply visit the PFD webpage and click the “add or change your Pick. Click. Give. donation” button on the right-hand side of the page.

When you Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation, you are supporting the future – the future of current students like our 295 spring scholarship recipients, the future of our children like Caleb Xavier Abraham Smoke, and the future of our communities, state, nation and world!

Caleb is an excellent example of the importance of supporting our future. When his mom asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Caleb said, “A police officer to protect and keep us safe.” Perhaps one day Caleb will be the recipient of a Law Enforcement Academy scholarship!

Donations received through Pick. Click. Give. go to the Foundation’s general scholarship fund, which awards basic scholarships to part-time and full-time students. During the 2013 – 2014 academic year, we awarded 523 scholarships totaling more than $408,000.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, please contact us at 459-2048 or foundation@doyon.com.