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Buffalo Offering Dinner

Thursday night we threw a dinner party at Los Angeles hideaway Croft Alley with the brilliant Gratitude Collaborative (order your gift boxes from them NOW) in honor of the Tanka Fund and to introduce MVL editor Bethany Joy Lenz‘s first jewelry line.

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Last night we co-hosted a dinner party for the @TankaFund with @gratitudecollab and we're psyched to tell you all about it!  Stay tuned!! @emilykmorgan @croftalley @tankafund #supportthereturn @tankabar

The jewelry is produced by Germany-based company Stilnest and the pieces were sketched by Lenz, then crafted with 18k & 24k gold.

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Representatives from the Tanka Fund, Faye Brown and her daughter Sasha joined us from Minnesota to share their stories. The Tanka Fund is a new organization with a wonderful mission… bringing a measure of justice back to the Native communities by restoring the one thing that was taken from them which singlehandedly destroyed their livelihoods and economy… the Buffalo.

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Beginning the process now of restoring Bison to the land, diets and economy of the Native American people will produce a long-term affect of overhauling the reservations which are in dire need of employment opportunities. The poverty is so intense in these areas that most of the natives who DO own Buffalo are forced to sell them to cattle ranchers or non-Native run bison farms. The system currently in place is still exploiting Native Americans and keeping them locked in poverty. Giving back buffalo, training Natives how to be Ranchers, raising new generations of bison Ranchers, and reintroducing the community of harvesters who recycle all bison parts for commerce… these are keys to self-sustaining tribes.

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Bethany spoke about her trip to Fort Apache as a teenager and how deeply it impacted her life, and she introduced her jewelry, the Buffalo Offering. 10% of proceeds go to the Tanka Fund which is currently awarding grants to 12 Native American buffalo ranchers in North America. You can purchase a piece of this exquisite jewelry on Stilnest.com

We’re so thrilled to have had reps from some wonderful companies and a few great friends support our first fancy dinner! Big thanks to Gratitude Collaborative for co-hosting this amazing dinner and also providing the stunning flowers, tablescape and gift bundles, Emily Morgan for photos, Conscious MagazineDarling Magazine, House of Gratia et Caritas, Just Jared, Martin Sensmeir, Heather Rae, Sasha Lee Brown, Jessi Burrone, Katherine McPhee, LaurenConrad.comGlitter Guide, Rebekah Shannon, Abby Sterling, Rachael Leigh Cook, and of course Tanka Fund.

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One of the stunning bouquet’s put together by Gratitude Collaborative

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with “Just Jared” Jared Eng

 

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Magnificent Seven & Westworld’s Martin Sensmeier joined us with family friend Faye Brown from the Tanka Fund

 

 

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Scorpion’s Katherine McPhee, with Bethany Joy Lenz & Dana R. Ashmore, founder of Gratitude Collaborative

 

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Bethany Joy Lenz with Darling Magazine correspondent Rebekah Shannon

 

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Martin Sensmeier with TALLULLAH director Heather Rae

 

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@hellosweetiepies topped off the night! #SupporttheReturn #BuffaloOffering #TankaFund  @gratitudecollab @joylenz @emilykmorgan

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6 Comments

  • Reply Zara

    Hi Joy

    It’s sounds like you night was a success. It was so great to get reading all about. All the pictures are wonderful and looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks again for sharing your jewellery line with us.

    October 1, 2016 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Thanh

    Look like the night was a success for everyone! Thank you for sharing these amazing photos! Truly inspired.

    October 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    Where can I get the dress Bethany Joy has on… it is my dream wedding dress, I must have it. Please help me!

    October 2, 2016 at 7:59 am
  • Reply Emanuela

    Hi Joy
    It’s sounds like you night was a success. The photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us! ah… your dress is amazing! you’re amazing! love

    October 2, 2016 at 8:25 am
  • Reply Naomi Arnold

    Congratulations! Beautiful pieces, an incredible looking event, and an important cause. Thank you!

    October 3, 2016 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Mathilda

    Beautiful pictures !

    November 30, 2016 at 1:39 pm
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