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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.

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