8th Annual Afognak Youth Charity Golf Tournament

8th Annual Afognak Youth Charity Golf Tournament

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 9, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On Thursday, July 11,ethe 8e The annual Afognak Youth Charity Golf Tournament is held at the Anchorage Golf Course.

The event provides a great networking opportunity for attendees to connect with leaders from Alaska Native Corporations, the resource development industry, major financial institutions, and many other leaders from Alaska’s businesses, including GCI, Koniag, Inc., Marsh and McLennan, KeyBank, and Odom. Afognak is excited to welcome celebrity guest Gabby Lemieux, a member of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation who made history by becoming the first Native American to compete in the U.S. Women’s Open. She was also the first Native American on the Epson Tour and the LPGA Tour. Ms. Lemieux is committed to supporting Native youth in exploring golf and has used her platform to uplift Native youth and communities.

To date, the tournament has raised nearly $500,000 for Tribal Youth programs operated by the Native Village of Afognak and the Native Village of Port Lions in the Kodiak Archipelago. Afognak Native Corporation supports the following Tribal Youth Development programs as part of its responsibility to A’wanermiut “Afognak people”:

  • Count Afognak Camp – The Alutiiq Youth Culture Camp has been open since 1998 for youth ages 10-14 and families; the Alutiiq Language and Music Camp and the Harvest and Survival Camp are highlights of the summer camp season.
  • After-school cultural activities and Alutiiq week
  • Cultural workshops – traditional food preparation and processing
  • Alutiiq Language Resources – supports family language evenings and other programs
  • Activities for the Preschool Program – support in organizing the kindergarten graduation ceremony
  • Family activities program – support of youth activities with family involvement several times a week

These programs are an invaluable way for youth to learn the Alutiiq language and practice traditional harvesting, survival skills, and healthy relationships. They provide intergenerational opportunities for the Alutiiq community to share cultural knowledge, build skills in their homelands, and celebrate and invest in our youth.

Corporate and business sponsors can still support the event and be recognized! Contact Ana Fisk, Tournament Co-Director, at 907-244-4377 or [email protected], or visit the Afognak Youth Charity Golf Tournament webpage at www.afognakgolf.com.

Afognak Native Corporation is a Native Alaskan village corporation serving the Kodiak Alutiiq people of Afognak and Port Lions.

CONTACT: Malia Villegas, Senior Vice President, Community Investments, [email protected], 907-222-9587