Ariel Tweto and Stephen Blanchett to Emcee Calista Golf Classic

Exciting Mardi Gras Theme on June 19 for Scholarship Fundraiser

(Anchorage, Alaska) –

Calista Heritage Foundation is excited to announce Ariel Tweto and Stephen Qacung Blanchett will emcee the 14th Annual Calista Heritage Foundation Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Moose Run Hill Golf Course in Arctic Valley. These two lively entertainers will bring the golf classic’s Mardi Gras theme to life. With active participation from businesses and organizations this tournament is the main source of contributions for CHF’s scholarship program.

Stephen Qacung Blanchett grew up in the Yup’ik community of Bethel, Alaska. He is one of the founders of the award-winning musical group Pamyua. Stephen and the group have performed on stage in many countries and venues throughout the world, most recently in Iceland. The group shares the unique cultural expressions of the Inuit people.

Ariel Tweto is on the popular television series “Flying Wild Alaska” which aired on Discovery Channel. “I am so excited and honored to co-host the 14th Annual Calista Heritage Foundation Golf Tournament. I am a big believer in setting goals and chasing after your dreams, and the CHF helps students pursue their dreams through higher education and career training which is so awesome! Also, I need a good excuse to wear a polo shirt and a visor while hanging out in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska! This is going to be such a great event,” said Ariel.

Team registration and sponsorships are still available at The golf tournament includes 36 teams of four players, representing various business donors. Employees, interns, and volunteers assist in conducting the event, totally approximately 200 attendees.

In 2012, CHF awarded $460,000 in scholarships and, most recently, $180,000 in scholarships for the spring 2013 semester. In 2012 the top five schools scholarship recipients attended were University of Alaska (UA) Anchorage, UA Fairbanks, Alaska Career College, UA Fairbanks – Kuskokwim Campus and Bethel’s Yuut Yaqungviat flight school.


The Calista Heritage Foundation is an Alaska 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation providing scholarships to students who are Calista shareholders or lineal descendants pursuing higher education or career training. The Calista Heritage Foundation mission is to celebrate and promote Yuuyaraq, the traditional / cultural way of being in the Calista region which inspires and encourages our people to achieve their dreams through education. Since 1994, more than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact CHF President Rea Bavilla or administrator Carlos Soto at (907) 279-5516. CHF can be found online at or at

Ariel Tweto - Stephen Blanchett