Haliwa-Saponi singer Brooke Hollister, former finalist on NBC’s The Voice, will headline the entertainment at the American Indian College Fund’s 30th anniversary celebration of providing access to a higher education for Native Americans. In honor of the milestone, the College Fund will host the Flame of Hope Gala on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Gotham Hall, in New York City.
Hollister grew up on Haliwa-Saponi Tribal grounds in North Carolina with 4,000 Tribal members, including most of her family. She returns regularly for pow wows and other cultural events. Since The Voice, Hollister has released the singles 2am, which charted on the iTunes pop chart, and her most recent, Perfect, available online.
At the Flame of Hope Gala, the College Fund will honor Kimberly Blanchard, a world-renowned international tax attorney and partner in the tax department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, based in New York, for impacting the lives of nearly 1,000 Native Americans in education by funding 500 student scholarships and contributing to the professional development of 400 Tribal college and university faculty members. Blanchard has also served on the College Fund’s Board of Trustees for the past nine years.
Event tickets are available for purchase at www.collegefund.org/gala.
Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for 30 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and provided 5,896 scholarships last year totaling $7.65 million to American Indian students, with more than 131,000 scholarships and community support totaling over $200 million since its inception.
The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited Tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, visit www.collegefund.org.