We are excited to announce that the 2017 Denali Foundation Gala will be celebrating its third year on Saturday, April 1, with “A Night in the Sky,” featuring record-breaking highliner Faith Dickey. We hope you will join us and co-chairs Beth Wolff and Gregg Harrison as we honor Joanne King Herring and renowned artist Sibin Howard.

Though the outdoor sports world has been historically male-dominated, some women are avidly striving to inspire other females to pursue their dreams despite the imbalance in participants. Faith was the first female to reach the same level as men in the sport of highlining, and she quickly proved that being a woman is not a disadvantage. Within six months of highlining, she had crushed the previous female world records in the sport of slackline and has since continued to break her own records to set new ones. An avid explorer of the mechanism of fear, Faith strives to share her journey and decipher between intuition and fear through her highlining and free soloing experiences.


 

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Denali Foundation Gala will be celebrating its third year on Saturday, April 1, with “A Night in the Sky,” featuring record-breaking highliner Faith Dickey. We hope you will join us and co-chairs Beth Wolff and Gregg Harrison as we honor Joanne King Herring and renowned artist Sibin Howard. “A Night in the Sky” will benefit the Denali Foundation and set the stage as one of our city’s new premiere events for arts-related causes.

Denali Schmidt along with his father, Marty Schmidt, perished in an avalanche on the mountain K2 on July 27, 2013. Following their deaths, the Denali Foundation was formed in honor of Denali Schmidt and his passion for art and adventure. Founded by Denali's sister, Sequoia Di Angelo, the Denali Foundation’s mission is the "Preservation of the artwork of Denali Schmidt and the ongoing support for the expansion of the minds of young artists."

In its third year, the Denali Foundation's efforts include providing art supplies to indigenous and underserved communities around the world. Due to the support of Houstonians from last year's gala, the foundation is set to break ground on an artistic and educational facility located in the Kumbu Valley of Nepal in late 2017. 

This year, the foundation will be partnering with local organizations to begin after school artistic initiatives. This exciting new addition will improve the lives of underserved children throughout the Houston area!

We invite you to make plans now to join us this year, as the gala is sure to be a sold-out event! Through your sponsorship, you will become an integral part of this gala -- soon to be an annual tradition of supporting the expansion of the minds of young artists while providing funds for art supplies to schools and communities! Through Gala Sponsorship, you will also be supporting the construction of the educational and artistic efforts to benefit Nepal and the Houston community.

We look forward to you joining us for an amazing evening as we raise money for the Denali Foundation and welcome the outstanding presentation of our guest speaker, Faith Dickey, at “A Night in the Sky” in the beautiful setting of The Corinthian. Dancing will follow the program.

On behalf of our founder, chairs, hosts, volunteers, and Denali Foundation board members, we thank you for your support. If you have any questions or need more information, please let us know.

 

 

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FOUNDER
Sequoia Di Angelo

HONORARY CHAIR
Joanne King Herring

ARTIST HONOREE
Sibin Howard

CHAIRS
Beth Wolff
Gregg Harrison

GUEST SPEAKER
Faith Dickey

 

HOST COMMITTEE

 

Dana Kervin
The Rose Family
The Munisteri Family
Scott & Brenda Mitchell
Leslie Wall Hassen
Miranda Maness

Peter Martino
Graydon Parrish
Julie Deal
Maryam Afshari
Jentry Kelley
Rama Barazi

Shadi Abedin
Erica Gillum
Courtni Stryker
Analisa Pratt
Susan Bischoff
Lauren M. Postler