This January, Lakota Children’s Enrichment hosted a Winter Warmer: a fundraiser and meet and greet at a beautiful private residence in Scarsdale, NY. The event was very similar to our Summer Soiree event in August, which you can read more about here.
Approximately 40 supporters attended the intimate gathering to learn about LCE’s work and to meet our new Executive Director, Autumn White Eyes. Maggie Dunne, LCE’s Founder and Board Chair, welcomed the group and gave the history of LCE’s founding. Autumn followed Maggie’s introduction by performing her poem, “Mitakuye Oyasin,” which won the grand prize award in LCE’s 2014 Voices of the Land Writing and Art Challenge, which was how she got involved with LCE. Autumn also spoke about growing up in Pine Ridge, and updated the group on LCE’s recent programs such as annual Holiday Party and our 2018 Writing and Art Challenge. She spoke about the importance of providing arts, education, storytelling, service, and leadership opportunities which are few and far between on the reservation, however, LCE is working to fill these gaps for Lakota Youth.
This event was hosted by LCE’s board of directors:
Cindy Dunne, Esq.
Maggie Dunne, Chair of Board
Timothy Chilson Dunne
Ujju Mahatme, Esq.
Brenda Schad, Choctaw/Cherokee
Anna Elise Walton
Janet Whiting, Oglala Lakota
LCE wants to thank its host committee and everyone who made it to the event to support our work. We could not do this work without our supporters. Executive Director Autumn White Eyes said, “It was so wonderful to meet so many long-time supporters of LCE and the Pine Ridge Reservation from Scarsdale, NY. I was in awe that so many people in Scarsdale were aware of and continue to volunteer in Pine Ridge every summer! I am so grateful to meet our supporters in-person and share our work with you. I hope that we can continue to host events like this one in your community!”
Check out some of the photos from the event in the slide show above. If you were unable to make it to this event, but would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, then please head on over to our donate page.
If you would like to host an event like this in your community, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org