Inter-Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation Hosted Gala April 30th Gala to Gather and Share Resoures to Prepare for Disasters on Tribal Lands

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Helping Tribes strengthen their communication while exercising their sovereignty.

The Inter-Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation hosted its 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser: “Gathering and Sharing Resources to Prepare and Protect our Future” on Saturday, April 30 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Harrah’s Rincon Pavilion Room in San Diego North County.

The event kicked off with a silent auction, followed by Birdsingers from the Soboba Indian Reservation and a blessing by Councilman, Charlie Kolb (Rincon). Adam Geisler, Tribal Secretary for the La Jolla Band, emceed the event. The Keynote Speaker was Lenore Lamb, BIA Natural Resources Coordinator for the Southern California Agency in Riverside. Lamb informed guests that the BIA does not have funding to assist tribal recovery from any major disaster except for fire. Lamb stated, “I am looking forward to partnering with tribes to build emergency management partnerships that think outside the box and find ways to prepare, [to] respond and [to] recover from emergencies inspite of the limited budgets that we are currently facing.”

Chairman Robert Smith of the Pala Band of Mission Indians presented a check to the Foundation for $25,000 to help accelerate the efforts of the Foundation for regional readiness and long term recovery. In addition the ITLTRF netted more than $50,000 in donations from the event, hitting its fundraising goal in a sluggish economy.

Former NFL players Lorenzo Neal and Hank Bauer, “Voice of the San Diego Chargers,” were also on-hand to acknowledge foundation Leaders-- Johnny Hernandez (Santa Ysabel) and Chris Devers (Pauma)-- and Community Partners, the American Red Cross (Joe Craver) and Rincon Band of Luisenos (Charlie Kolb). An “indigenously-inspired”gourmet dinner and live music by the all-Indian band, Medicine Rock, concluded the event.

Gala Sponsors and VIPs included: Pala, Rincon, SCTCA, AMERIND Risk Management Inc, Cota Holdings, New Mexico Community Capital, GoZip Alliance, La Jolla, Los Coyotes, Viejas, Pauma, San Pasqual, Barona, Mercy Medical Transportation, Wells Fargo, APEX Waste Services, HealthSCOPE Benefits Inc, SDGE.     

All proceeds from the Gala directly support the Foundation’s Tribal Community Disaster Education Workshops, the Inter Tribal Emergency Alert System, and Unmet Needs Fund for Disaster Relief Services on tribal lands in Southern California. To view gala photos and watch a video presentation; to learn more infromation; or to make a charitable contribution, please visit


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