Neqa Derby – Bristol Bay Native Corporation

King Salmon Derby on the Nushagak River

Benefiting the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

Sunday June 24, 2018

Monday June 25, 2018

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation is hosting its first King Salmon Derby on the Nushagak River near Dillingham, AK.

This is the signature fundraising event to benefit the BBNC Education Foundation, whose mission is to provide higher education and vocational training scholarships to Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholders and support for cultural heritage activities in the Bristol Bay Region.

Each year, BBNC Education Foundation supports more than 250 students to pursue their educational and vocational training goals. Graduates are now in a wide range of careers that serve the Bristol Bay region. In addition, the Foundation provides grant funds to Bristol Bay communities to preserve traditional cultural practices through activities like cultural camps and school-based programs.

The Neqa Derby will feature for two days of healthy competition on the Nushagak during King Salmon season. The Derby will award three cash prizes, an individual trophy, and a lodge trophy. We anticipate that the primary participants in the inaugural event will be guests in the lodges that dot the Nushagak River and Bristol Bay area. The derby will also be open to the public.

Sunday June 24, 2018

98 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday June 25, 2018

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One Derby Ticket for both days: $100

Official derby rules will be posted shortly and no later than June 1, 2018. Derby tickets will be on sale as of that date. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the BBNCEF at or by calling 907-278-3602.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

The BBNC Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (IRS tax I.D. number 92-0141709) and all donations are tax exempt.

Named Sponsors ($25,000), Premium Sponsorship
  • Four entries into the derby
  • Guided fishing experience for four people
  • Accommodations for three nights for four during the derby
Chinook Sponsors ($10,000), Weigh Station Sponsorship
  • Two entries into the derby
  • Banner recognition at derby weigh stations
  • Company sponsored snack station
Coho Sponsors ($5,000), Grant Named Sponsor
  • Two entries into the derby
  • Named Cultural Heritage Grant for one community
Sockeye Sponsors ($2,500), HE/VE Named Sponsor
  • Named Higher Education/Vocational Education Scholarship for one student
Humpy Sponsors ($1,000), STVE Named Sponsor
  • Named Short-Term Vocational Education Scholarship for two students
Fry Sponsors ($500), Recognition Sponsor
  • Recognition on the Neqa Derby website
All donors receive:
  • Recognition on the Neqa Derby website
  • Email acknowledgement on Derby communications to participants
  • Printed acknowledgement in the Bristol Bay Native Corporation quarterly newsletter, which is mailed to 10,000+ BBNC shareholders around the United States
  • Verbal acknowledgement at the Derby event, including the closing ceremony.

Prize donations are sought for a raffle to be held during the two-day event, and as special prizes for participating anglers.

Please contact Angela Peacock at or 907-265-7856 if you would like to sponsor this inaugural event. Thank you for your time and consideration!

About Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

Purpose: Connecting to our past and investing in our future.

Vision: BBNC Shareholders will reach their potential, assume key roles, direct our future and ensure continued success.

Since 1986, Bristol Bay Native Corporation has provided support for and encouraged Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholders to pursue educational opportunities and to promote and preserve cultural heritage. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirement and display a financial need are granted funding.

  • In 2017 alone, BBNCEF awarded $743,000 to 142 Higher Education scholars and $80,000 for short-term vocational training.
  • We awarded $78,000 in cultural heritage awards in 2017.



Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation
111 West 16th Avenue, Suite 400
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

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