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NACS 8th Annual Gala
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
Niagara Falls, NY
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You are cordially invited to join Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) at our 8th Annual Gala as we celebrate 42 years in a 'Tradition of Caring'.

To honor our Native American culture, each year our Annual Gala theme follows the verses of the traditional Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, so this year the theme is "Giving Thanks - Honoring The Plants."  

Our night begins at 5:30 pm with a reception with basket raffles and silent auction items available to bid on.  Our formal program begins at 6:30 pm with a welcome and traditional Thanksgiving Address.  Dinner will be served by 6:45 pm.

The event will also include the presentation of our "Bundled Arrows Awards" which will recognize individuals or organizations who help to strengthen our community.

NACS has been a key service provider to the greater Buffalo-Niagara community since 1975.  This annual fundraiser helps to fund gaps in our current programs, while laying the foundation for meeting the long-term needs of our community.

Tickets for the 2017 Gala are $100 per person*. We invite you to join us for what promises to be another memorable event.

*Please note that ticket prices will increase to $125 on September 25th!

Nya:weh! (Thank you!)


We're excited to announce that our celebrity MC for this year's Gala is former Buffalo Sabres forward CODY MCCORMICK!!!  

McCormick is from Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, located in Southwestern, Ontario, near London, Ontario.  

Originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 5th Round of the 2001 NHL Draft, McCormick went on to play 405 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres before retiring in 2016.

McCormick is married with two daughters and a son and they reside in Clarence Center, New York. His wife is Alyssa Paiement, is the daughter of former NHLer and Sabre Wilf Paiement.


NACS is very happy to announce our "Bundled Arrows" Award winners for this year's Gala, they are:

* SAKOKWENIONKWAS TOM PORTER - Mohawk spiritual leader

* NOREEN HILL - Project Director of the Indian Education Program for the Niagara Falls School District

* DR. BRUCE COLES - Recently retired from New York State Department of Health

* and our Youth "Elder In Training" Honoree - Nominations still being accepted - contact Norine Borkowski at for more information or nomination form

The awards are in recognition of their contributions and commitment to the strengthening of our local Native American community.  Our awards are inspired by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy's Great Law of Peace in which the Peacemaker on his journey to unite the confederacy gave the strongest warrior in the village one arrow and told him to break it and the warrior easily did.  He then bundled five arrows together to signify the original five nations to accept the Great Law and asked the same warrior to break it and he couldn't.  This simple act showed that we are stronger working together then we are separate.  The Award represents that they are a part of our bundle which together makes us stronger as we work to meet the needs of the community.
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Nya:Weh (Thank You) for attending our 8th Annual Gala!!! We hope you'll join us again next year for our 9th Annual Gala as we Give Thanks and Honor the Food Plants like our three sisters Corn, Beans, and Squash!!



DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton (View)
401 Buffalo
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
United States

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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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