Charity Walk Updates - We Are On A Roll!
As the Oahu Charity Walk gets closer and closer, I know that everyone’s efforts are in full gear. The Oahu Chapter held their “Dine-Around” fundraiser on Tuesday evening. Their sold out-event featured Momosan at the ‘Alohilani Resort, Seoul Jung at the Waikiki Resort Hotel, and wrapped up at SWIM Bar at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. Mahalo to Oahu Chapter’s Matt Grauso, Glenn Vergara, Bonnie Kiyabu, Earl Cachola & Jodi Uehara for their planning efforts. A Dine-Around takes some serious coordination, and we appreciate your hard work for such a great cause.
Congratulations to Molokai and Lanai islands, who held their Charity Walks on May
4th. Molokai brought in a total of $23,311: their top fundraiser were the Farmers of Molokai High and Middle School, which collected a noteworthy sum of $8,200.
Lanai raised an impressive $62,214, with the Lanai Cat Sanctuary once again claiming the top fundraiser spot with $37,510!
It appears that cat lovers from around the country donated to the nonprofit. They received hundreds of donations, sourced from far and wide: from Cupertino, California, to College Station, Texas, and even Buffalo, New York. This is a perfect example of a non-profit organization who has successfully leveraged the full potential of our crowdfunding platform.
Try it: share your Charity Walk Team Page to your Facebook, leave it in your email signature, or post it to your Instagram. You can also donate to any of the islands via the links below...
My staff was present for the Walks on Hawaii Island, Kauai, and Maui Islands respectively this past Saturday and were totally overwhelmed and impressed! A bunch of heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS are in order:
Congratulations to HLTA Hawaii Island Chapter Chair Craig Anderson and Charity Walk Chair Steve Yannarell who beat their goal of $325,000 – their total raised was $338,000! Last year, Hawaii Island raised $315,000 to benefit 61 charities.
Kauai Island set an ambitious goal of $435,000 – and exceeded their goal, as well! Through their efforts, including a “Slippah Drop,” they brought in a total of $442,404. Congratulations to HLTA Kauai Chapter Executive Director Morgan Lopez, and to Chip Bahouth, Kauai Charity Walk Co-Chair. Happy Birthday and congratulations to Jacob Vogelgesang, our other Charity Walk Co-Chair, who I hope had a great birthday raising funds to support Kauai nonprofits!
Maui Island of course, continued its trend of raising over $1 million dollars, for their third year in a row: the Maui Island total was $1,123,209 ! Congratulations to Maui County Charity Walk Chair Tets Yamazaki, and MHLA Executive Director Lisa Paulson.
The after-Walk totals thus far are:
Hawaii Island: $338,000
Congratulations to all our neighbor island chapters and fundraisers – you have done a phenomenal job.
Now all that’s left is for Oahu to beat its record: be sure to register or donate now. If you have not done so yet, register to participate in both our first-ever Hawaii’s 1K Slippah Walk, and Charity Walk – see you Saturday at Magic Island!
Click here to watch Robert Kekaula talk about Hawaii's 1K Slippah Walk: 7am at Magic Island. Bring your slippahs and join us as we break the Guinness World Record for most walkers in slippahs - register here.
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