College Fund Celebrates 30 Years of Service to Native Americans Pursuing Higher Education

Apr 15, 2019 | Blog, Inside the College Fund

The American Indian College Fund is celebrating the 30th anniversary of providing access to a higher education for Native Americans. In honor the anniversary, the College Fund will host the Flame of Hope Gala on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, in New York City from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Headline entertainment will be by Brooke Simpson.

Native American signer Brooke Simpson will perform at the American Indian College Fund’s Flame of Hope Gala. Kimberly Blanchard, Esq. is the honoree at the event.

The College Fund will honor Kimberly Blanchard, a world-renowned international tax attorney and partner in the tax department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP based in New York, for impacting the lives of nearly 1,000 Native Americans in education by funding 500 student scholarships and contributing to the professional development of 400 tribal college and university faculty members. Blanchard has also served on the College Fund’s Board of Trustees for the past nine years.

Singer Brooke Simpson is a Native American singer who is passionate about both her art and people. Perhaps known as a finalist on NBC’s The Voice program, Brooke released the singles 2am, which charted on the iTunes pop chart, and her most recent, Perfect, now available.

Event tickets are available for purchase at Cocktail or traditional Native American attire is requested. For additional information about sponsorship or the event, please contact Kim Williams at 303-426-8900 or

The Flame of Hope Gala is made possible by the following generous sponsors:

  • AT&T- $50,000
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP – $30,000
  • Walmart Foundation – $25,000
  • Ford Motor Company –$20,000
  • UPS Foundation – $10,000
  • Wells Fargo Bank – $10,000
  • FedEx Corporation – $10,000
  • Amergent – $10,000
  • Veradata – $10,000
  • Coca-Cola Foundation – $10,000
  • McDonald’s Corporation – $10,000
  • CBS Corporation – $10,000
  • Vladimir Jones – $10,000
  • Lannan Foundation – $10,000
  • Wieden+Kennedy – $7,000
  • United Health Foundation – $5,000

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