Red Dress Gala a huge success

Sean Sherman the Sioux Chef (center)

Chef Sean Sherman (Lakota), Culinary Program Specialist Vern DeFoe (Anishinaabe), and Market Herbal Specialist Francesca Garcia (Mexican, Raramuri & Yoeme) were proud to prepare an Indigenous menu for the Red Dress Gala on May 5th in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Gala is hosted by the Red Ribbon Skirt Society, an organization that brings attention to and supports the families of MMIWR, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Relatives, and Two Spirits. MMIW or MMIWR is an epidemic of violence against the most vulnerable in our communities.

Spending time with other community members and preparing dinner for this important event was incredibly humbling and vital to our work as a whole. Miigwech and Wopila Tanka for this experience and all your organization does to support this cause.

Geri Mendoza

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors. The Red Ribbon Skirt Society would like to thank their corporate sponsors. Oglala Tribal Education Agency, Cheyenne River Youth Project, Robert and Rebecca Pohlad, HoganHouse Studio (Larissa Fast Horse) Great Plains Tribal Leadership Health Board, Thunder Valley, After School Alliance, Division of Indian Work, Drs. Tucker-Kudrna-Holec-Young, Native Hope, Perry Kudrna, Dakota Charitable Foundation, Unify Home Lending Inc., Avera Health, Synchrony, Kujira, Wild Idea, The HomeSlice Media Group, Marin Community Foundation, Wild Idea and The Dignity Initiative, Inc.

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