The Notah Begay III Foundation will host its second Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Gala tonight. Held at the stunning Event Center at Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico, guests will dine on delicious, local cuisine, and enjoy exciting entertainment, while supporting the Foundation's mission through its Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures program to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in Native communities.
The event will feature special guest, 1994 Olympic gold medalist speed skater Dan Jansen, as well as entertainment by Tatanka Means, actor, stand-up comedian and motivational speaker.
Means, who hails from Chinle, Arizona, and represents the Oglala Lakota, Omaha and Navajo Nations, can be seen starring in the highly acclaimed television movie, Saints & Strangers for the National Geographic Channel. He also guest stars in the second season of Banshee on Cinemax, NBC's The Night Shift and in the new series, Graves with Nick Nolte on the EPIX Channel, to name a few. Aside from acting, Tatanka performs stand-up comedy internationally. As one of the youngest Native comedians performing today, Means tours Indian country sharing humor and messages of motivation to Natives of all ages. A dedicated entertainer and entrepreneur Means was recently recognized and awarded with the Entrepreneur of the Year by the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL). Tatanka's ambition and perseverance has taken him from his home reservation to touring North America. An alcohol & drug-free sober performer, Means serves as a much-needed role model for all American Indian and First Nations youth.
Dan Jansen is a multiple world champion in sprint and perennial favorite at the Winter Olympics. He won gold in his final 1000-meter race in the 1994 Winter Olympics. On his journey to winning the gold medal, Jansen suffered heartbreak, losing his sister to leukemia. The same year he won gold, he established the Dan Jansen Foundation in memory of his sister, with the purpose of fighting leukemia. Today, Jansen serves as a speed skater commentator for NBC.
The Foundation will also honor the 2016 NB3 Foundation Champions. The Notah Begay III Foundation Champions Award recognizes individuals, businesses/foundation and tribal nations who have significantly contributed to and supported the mission of the NB3 Foundation. As a national, Native-led nonprofit, NB3F relies heavily on the generosity and financial support of all our partners. This award is an expression of the nonprofit's gratitude and appreciation for its Champions. The honorees are Leah Ann Walker/Double Open A, Santa Ana Pueblo and Santa Ana Golf Club, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
This event is made possible through sponsors: Pueblo of Sandia, Double Open A; and gold sponsor PNM; and silver sponsors: NM Gas Co., Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Santa Ana Golf Club, Titan Development, Chaves Family, Bow & Arrow Brewery and Lente Farms.
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An opening cocktail reception and silent auction will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Notah Begay III, of the Navajo, San Felipe Pueblo and Isleta Pueblo tribes, will also present at the VIP, presenting and gold sponsor cocktail reception. Dinner will commence at 7 p.m.