This week the Winter Bear Project comes to Western Alaska. The performers arrive in Bethel on Tuesday the 7th and head directly to the coast. In their first week they will do shows in Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay and Chevak. The following week the group returns to Bethel for performances at the Ypriit Piciryarait Cultural Center on April 15th and 16th. The performance on the 15th will be preceeded by a potluck starting at 6:00pm. Please bring a dish and share and enjoy. Winter Bear performers will facilitate some play and acting workshops through the 3 days of Cama-i.
On the 20th of April this hard working group will again hit the road (the air) heading for the Northern enviorns of the Yukon. Performances in Alakanuk, Emmonak and Mt. Village will conclude this 3 week road trip.
I encourage everyone to catch a performance of “The Winter Bear”. This is a very uplifting play with a powerful message.
The Cama-i Dance Festival will kick off on Friday the 17th. For the forth year Drew’s Foundation will sponsor the Place of Memory. Please stop by to remember those we have lost to suicide.

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Drew’s Foundation is proud to partner with the Northstar Community Foundation in presenting “The Winter Bear”, a play by Anne Hanley.  The play tells the story of a young Native boy that rises above his past to become a hero.  The play has been very positively reviewed and is highly recommended for young people.  The play is performed by professional actors and is inspired by the life of Alaska Native leader Sidney Huntington.

The group will perform in Hooper Bay on April 8th, Chevak on April 10th and Scammon Bay on the 13th.  They then come tp Bethel for two performances at the Cultural Center on April 15 & 16.  Members of the cast will be doing some workshops at the Cama-i Dance Festival on the 17, 18, and 19th.  From Bethel, the group will travel to the Yukon for performances in Emmonak, Alakanuk, and Mountain Village on the 20th, 22nd and 24th respectively.  Look for flyers in all the above communities for times and locations.

The community support generated to help make this happen has been tremendous.  I’m so proud of those businesses and groups that stepped up.  Without their help we could not have made this happen.  For financial support so much thanks to Alaska Dept Health & Social Services, Donlin Gold, Bethel Community Services Foundation, Bethel Native Corporation and AVCP Inc. Thanks to Mike Stevens & Cheryl Johnson with Northern Air Cargo for generously agreeing to haul all the props and groceries from Fairbanks to Bethel and back.  To Kurt Kuhne at YUUT for housing. Renee Athanas at Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center for finding time during a very busy week at a great rate.  Susan Murphy at the Catholic Church for housing and cooking facilities.  Donna Bach at YKHC for coming thru, as she always does, with printing and helping get the word out.

There are so many more people that will help in the villages.  I don’t know their names but I know that they will show our guests the true heart and soul of our region.  They will show that when we work together, support one another, and care for each other, good even great things happen.

Forgot to mention-All of these shows are FREE.  See you there.

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Drews Foundation, with support from Donlin Gold, is proud to sponsor Team 3 in this years Iron Dog snow machine race. Team 3 features Steven Boney and Doug Dixon. Steven has been on the previous Iron Dog teams sponsered by Drew’s Foundation. Doug is a new partner for Steven this year but is by no means a rookie. Best of luck to Team 3 as they race accross Alaska with the “Suicide is Never the Answer” message. Follow them online!

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Closed Captioned Version Available Here

Download the Full Version Here – (Zipped File – HD Copy Downloadable)

After many twists and turns, changes in focus and format, lots of stress and lots of positive energy and encouragement, our PSA is ready for release at a Bethel High School assembly on Wed, 28 Jan.  We learned many lessons, took some lumps, made and corrected errors, didn’t correct errors, maintained our friendships and ultimately ended up with a powerful message about suicide.  This sounds like what might have occured with a full length movie, not a one minute PSA.  Trust me, as a beginning effort it felt like full length.  So much thanks to all of you who listened to me, smiled and said keep going.  I really can’t fully  express my appreciation.  Everyone that contributed the smallest bit was as important as the largest bit.

Special thanks to Donlin Gold, Bethel SAIPH Coalition, Don Reardon and John Wallace.  Donlin and SAIPH for the money.  We have some left and will produce another effort.  Don for the story and John for tying the bits and pieces together. I owe you both big time.  Thanks to Pete Kaiser and Mike Williams Jr.  for their time and commitment to the issue as a whole.  Thanks to Katie, Donna and Meghan for unending support and always having words of encouragement.  Luigi for great film work.  Julian for starting the process.  Thanks to my son Drew for always looking out for me from the other side.

This is very personal for me and I stressed, cried, got pissed, laughed, mediated, and finally took a big sigh of relief.  Thanks again to each and everyone of you.

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Courtesy Kaiser Dog Teams. www.kaiserracing.com

Congrats to Pete Kaiser and Kaiser Racing Kennel for being the first local musher to win the prestigious K-300 Sled Dog Race since 1986. Pete’s continuing dedication, commitment, and hard work paid off. Drew’s Foundation is proud to have Pete carry the message of suicide prevention across the Delta and across the State. Once again, congratulations Pete Kaiser, 2015 K-300 Champion. We are proud to have you on our Team!

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PSA release coming this week
Winter Bear Project coming to Western Ak and Bethel in April
Please stayed tuned for more info

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