Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) September 24, 2012
Futures for Children (FFC) is privileged to announce the honorees for the Abbott Sekaquaptewa Leadership Awards 2012 – Camille & Roger Abelson and Rachel & Adam Albright. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Inn at Loretto, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Abbott Sekaquaptewa (Hopi), past Chairman of the FFC Board of Directors, became involved with FFC in 1978. Abbott was extremely passionate about improving American Indian children’s lives and played an integral part in developing the self-reliance method utilized by FFC in all of its programs. Abbott spearheaded the Youth Leadership Program in the mid 1980’s with a week-long camp dedicated to leadership development for American Indian students. Abbott’s contributions to FFC have lasted long after his time, truly leaving a legacy of philanthropy. Past recipients of the Abbott Sekaquaptewa Leadership Awards include Al Baldwin, Peter Fagan, Dan Namingha and Bruce Larsen. This year, we honor Camille & Roger Abelson and Rachel & Adam Albright.
Camille and Roger Abelson are long-time lead supporters and mentors. Roger currently serves on the FFC Board of Directors. Roger is the founder and former President of MBS/Multimode, Inc., a leading marketing service and marketing research bureau. He is also the founder of October Art, Ltd., a gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary Native American art. They reside in Glen Cove, New York.
Rachel and Adam Albright are also long-time lead donors and mentors. Adam is a former businessman and President of the ARIA foundation which he and Rachel founded to support national and international charities, with special focus on education, indigenous rights and the environment. Adam is a former board member of Conservation International, Redefining Progress, Rocky Mountain Institute, Worldwatch Institute, Amazon Conservation Team, Population Communications International and Kripalu Yoga Center. He is a present board member of Natural Resources Defense Council and Rainforest Alliance. Adam is the former Chairman of the FFC Board of Directors and currently is the Member at Large. Adam and Rachel split their time between the East and West Coasts and enjoy a good back country hike or ski. They currently reside in Richmond, Massachusetts.
Teresa C. Gomez, President & CEO of Futures for Children, stated,” We are extremely grateful for the commitment shown by the Abelsons and the Albrights to Futures for Children over many years. Their generous and heartfelt support has allowed us to provide programs for kids to excel and develop their leadership skills so they, in turn, impact their communities.”
Futures for Children’s Three Circles of Support include Youth Leadership, Friendship/Mentorship and Families in Action to help bring self-sufficiency in Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo and Mescalero Apache communities in Arizona and New Mexico as well as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. Futures for Children’s founder Dr. Richard P. Saunders’ vision lives on today – “to build communities empowered by self-reliance.”
If you wish to attend the Abbott Sekaquaptewa Awards Celebration on Friday, September 28, 2012, please contact Sandy Massey, Development and Communication Specialist, at masseys(at)futuresforchildren(dot)org.
Inky Kim at kimi(at)futuresforchildren(dot)org
Futures for Children
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Albuquerque, NM 87122-2282
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