2015 Top Teams

Top Overall & Top Family: Team Rivera

Top Family and Top Fundraiser team, Team Rivera, has represented their family every year for Powwow for Hope and raised a total of $4,908 for 2015. Team Rivera members included Ramona, Loretta, Joy, Michael, David, Stephen, Matilda, Sandy, Enrica, Armando, Samson, Robert, Aisha, Betsy and another Michael. The team raised $600 by selling raffle tickets for homemade Pendleton items like rabbits, purses and pillows. The Team also received donations from friends, family, cancer supporters, Indian Health Board employees, and people at the Osseo and Augsburg Fairview Powwow. Family members from Alaska, Arizona, Atlanta, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York, North Dakota, Virginia and Canada all donated.Team Rivera also sold food and drinks, and some of their biggest sellers were popcorn and snow cones. During last year’s 2014the Powwow for Hope, family members attended from many states for the 20th year memorial of their mother, sister, aunt and grandmother Lorraine General Rivera, who battled renal cell cancer for many years. Team Rivera truly wants to say Nyah wey to everyone who contributed, especially Barack Obama ($10 donation) and is looking forward to next year’s challenge!

Top Agency: Division of Indian Work DIW- Two Steppers

Top Agency team, DIW -Two Steppers raised $3,465 for the Powwow.
The 20 member team from the Division of Indian Work (DIW) said they wanted to support a good cause in their community, and give young people the opportunity to volunteer and help others. For the entire year the team made crafts (especially with Ms. Hope Flanagan), and chose to donate many of their creations to the Powwow. Staff also make things to donate. Youth also volunteered to be on the team and pledged to dance the entire Powwow or staff the table where the team sold items. The team asked for pledges through Facebook, email and letters. Everyone who donated had the opportunity to ask DIW-Two Steppers to dance for a loved one and display pictures during the Powwow. Thank you DIW-Two Steppers for your fundraising efforts and beautiful dancing.

Top School: American Indian Magnet School

The American Indian Magnet School (AIMS) in St. Paul raised total of $1,872.98 for this year’s Powwow and is the Top School Fundraising team Both staff and students participated, and were especially creative with their fundraising techniques. Students raised money by posting video challenges to their Facebook page daring each other to eat a mixture of canned goods, and donated a certain amount to their AIMS team if they did not complete the challenges. The school also held bake sales at their main offices, made their own beautiful arts and crafts to sell at the Powwow, and donated many items to the silent auction. We are very thankful and proud of the teachers and students for supporting AICAF and the fight against cancer!

Top Individual: Ivy Vainio

Top individual fundraiser Ivy Vainio raised $1,810 for the 2015 Powwow for Hope. Her team was formed in memory of her great uncle Mally Mercer who passed away from cancer this past summer. He was a beautiful man full of dignity, love for family, and humorous even in his last days. Mercer was a proud tribal member of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe in Northern Minnesota, a Korean War Veteran, and an amazing uncle. Ivy said she will always love him and cherishes the memories of their time spent together. Ivy had a very creative approach to her fundraising efforts by offering her specially made dream catchers and prints of her beautiful photographs for a donation. Many of her funds were donations by friends and family in the area and other countries. We would like to thank and recognize Team Ivy for her continued support and dedication.