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DENVER – The 13th annual 2008 American Indian College Fund Flame of Hope Gala will be held at Gotham Hall in New York City Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. The event will celebrate the success of tribal colleges since the founding of the first tribal college by the Navajo Nation in 1968. It will also raise funds for student scholarships and honor a longtime supporter.

Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. Black tie or Native dress is requested.

Guests will be treated to special entertainment by singer Jakob Dylan and a Native dance performance by the Redhawk Dance Troupe. CBS correspondent Hattie Kauffman will be the evening’s mistress of ceremonies.

The AICF will be honoring its longtime friend, Pendleton Woolen Mills, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, for its support.

Sponsors for the event include USA Funds, Toyota, Coca-Cola Co., Ford Motor Co., CollegeBoard, Allstate, Nissan, IBM, Richard Black, Best Buy, GMAC, the Tierney Family Foundation, and Brian and Vivian Henderson.

All proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for American Indian students. For more information about the event, contact Lucia Novara at (303) 426-8900 or lnovara@collegefund.org.