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Museum of the Aleutians brings in over $25,000 at annual fundraiser

The Museum of the Aleutians was formed in 1997.
Andy Lusk
The Museum of the Aleutians was formed in 1997.

Over 100 people turned out for the Museum of the Aleutians’ annual fundraiser on Nov. 4. The dinner and auction was a members-only event hosted at the Margaret Bay Cafe.

Local businesses, artists and community members donated items for the auction. This year’s items included plane tickets, original artwork, fuel and golden king crab.

Museum director Ginny Hatfield said revenue from memberships supports the nonprofit’s role as a steward of Unangax̂ and Aleutian history.

“Memberships also support our education programs,” Hatfield said. “That includes field trips that the students take each year. We have our archaeology program that we invite the community to participate in. We have family activity days. We also have our exhibits and other visitor services like the gift store that we are proud to offer to the community.”

A handful of attendees said the event was a rare opportunity for them to dress up — many wore suits and dresses.

“Our membership has grown a lot and we’re happy to have all of these people be part of our family,” Hatfield noted.

Around 125 people attended the event, which raised more than $25,000.

Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Andy Lusk is a writer, travel enthusiast and seafood aficionado who won the jackpot by landing in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. When he's not hiking or working on his latest story, you can find him curled up with his cats and a good book. Andy is a Report for America corps member and an alumnus of New York University.
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