July 10, 2013


July 10, 2013

$252,000 in Contributions Received at 14th Annual Calista Golf Classic

More than $1.2 million in scholarships awarded since 2010

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Calista Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announced today that $252,000 in contributions was received at the 14th Annual Calista Golf Classic. Held June 19 at Moose Run Golf Course, the event to raise scholarship funds was hosted by Ariel Tweto and Stephen Qacung Blanchett.

“Since 2003 the scholarships awarded each year has increased,” said CHF President/CEO Rea Bavilla. “This remarkable achievement is only possible due to the generous participation of businesses and organizations. We are extremely grateful as hundreds of students have earned and continue to earn pilot certification, bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees, vocational training and more.”

In 2012, CHF awarded $460,000 in scholarships and, most recently, $177,000 in scholarships for the spring 2013 semester. Since the scholarship program was formally created in 1994, more than $3.2 million in scholarships have been awarded. $1.2 million of that total has been awarded since 2010.

More than 1,500 students have benefited from this program. 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.

Stephen Qacung Blanchett grew up in the Yup’ik community of Bethel, Alaska and is one of the founders of the award-winning musical group Pamyua. Ariel Tweto is on the popular television series “Flying Wild Alaska” which aired on Discovery Channel.

The major sponsors for the 2013 Calista Golf Classic are as follows:

Platinum Donlin Gold
Diamond Key Bank; Wendy Chamberlain
Gold J. M. Walsh Company Inc.; Science and Engineering Services Inc.
Silver Andrew Guy; ConocoPhillips; Doyon Limited

Alaska Growth Capital; Alaska Permanent Capital Management; Chiulista Services Inc.; GCI; Horizon North Logistics Inc.; Lynden; Nordic Calista Services; STG Inc.; Yukon Equipment Inc.; Yulista Holding Company

There were a number of other contributors to this scholarship fundraiser. They are:

Alaska Interstate Construction; Aleut Corporation; ANTHC; AT&T; Brice Inc.; Calista Corporation; Calista Real Estate; Captain Cook Hotel; Carlile Transportation Systems; CH2M Hill; Chinook Printing; Christine Klein; Cook Inlet Tribal Council; Dave Martin; Delta Western; Doyon Drilling Inc.; Dr. Hyo Sang Lee; E3 Environmental, LLC; Food Services of America; Futaris Inc.; Guess & Rudd P.C.; Helen Bush; June McAtee; Konica Minolta; KPMG; Law Office of Marc June; Marcia Davis; Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC; Monica James; Norman Resnick; Pitney Bowes; Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska; Rasmuson Foundation; Robertson, Monagle & Estaugh; Ryan Air; Sharon Weddleton; The Smoke House Catering; Sramek-Hightower, CPA’s, PC; Steve Silver; Stoel Rives, LLP; Tikigaq Corporation; Tunista Services, LLC; Tunista, Inc.; United Retirement Plan Consultants; The Wilson Agency; Y-Tech Services Inc.; Yulista Aviation; and Yulista Management Services Inc.



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 $3.2 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