Businesses donate $10,000 to the First Alaskans Institute

Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Crowley Maritime Corporation and Gunderson Marine made a $10,000 joint donation to the First Alaskans Institute recently to further advance education and cultural enrichment for Alaska Natives.

Crowley Vice President Craig Tornga presented Willie Hensley, a noted author, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the First Alaskans Foundation and former manager of Federal Government Relations for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, along with First Alaskans Institute CEO Janie Leask, a Haida-Tsimshian and member of the Tsimshian Eagle Clan, with the check at a dinner commemorating the christening of Crowley's newest heavy-lift-series barge in Portland, Ore.

Gunderson, which built the barge, and Crowley, which owns the new vessel, decided that in lieu of gifts to each other for the successful completion of this project, they would instead donate the money to a deserving organization.

Tornga said First Alaskans Institute was chosen because of its commitment to the Alaska Native community.

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