Published On: Mon, May 10th, 2010
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Cherokee Preservation Foundation holds Community Celebration

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.

ONE FEATHER STAFF

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation helds its 8th Annual Community Celebration at the Cherokee Youth Center on Friday, May 7. Grantees shared information about their program with the public. (Photos by Scott McKie B.P./One Feather)

The spirit of working together was in the air as the Cherokee Preservation Foundation (CPFdn) held its 8th Annual Community Celebration at the Cherokee Youth Center on Friday, May 7. 

“Can you believe it?  This is our 8th annual celebration,” said Susan Jenkins, CPFdn executive director.  “This is wonderful.  This is a celebration for our grantees.  It’s about the money we have provided and the good work going on by our grantees.” 

She thanked CPFdn staff Hwenieko Walkingstick, Alicia Jacobs, and Monica Wachacha for their work as well as the Cherokee Youth Center staff and the NAIWA group for help with Friday’s celebration.

Luke D. Hyde, CPFdn board chairman, commented, “It’s an honor for me to be here.  We do things better if we work together as a community.  Let’s keep doing things to improve the quality of life in this community.” 

Luke D. Hyde, CPFdn board chairman, spoke at the event.

Various grantee organizations were set up during the event to showcase their accomplishments and to share how their grant dollars were spent.   Three programs in particular gave special presentations during the event including:  Jones Bowman Fellows, the Sequoyah Fund, and representatives from the Costa Rica Eco-Study Tour. 

Bruce Martin, of Longhouse Funeral Home in Cherokee, spoke briefly on how the Sequoyah Fund was able to help his family start their business.  “We needed funeral services here on the reservation,” he said adding that the idea for the business was hatched during a family dinner. 

“We have actually been able to realize, in a short amount of time, a dream that we had as a family.” 

Bruce Martin, of Longhouse Funeral Home, told how the Sequoyah Fund helped his family with their business start-up.

Deb Mintz and Tony Walkingstick gave a brief presentation on the Costa Rica Eco-Study Tour.  “The trip was fun, but it’s a lot of work,” said Mintz who related the group got an opportunity to interact with a local indigenous Tribe in Costa Rica.  “We’re really not that different from each other.” 

For more information on the CPFdn, call (828) 497-5550 or visit www.cpfdn.org

For more photos from this event, please visit:

https://www.theonefeather.com/photo-galleries-2/?album=31&gallery=36

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