United Way raises $1,031,109

Maui United Way raised a total of $1,031,109 this year that will support 40 health and human services programs in Maui County.

The campaign was made possible as a result of more than 350 businesses and individuals who provided their time and money, according to an announcement.

Outgoing Board President Curtis Tom said, “Thanks to the exceptional generosity of our donors and partners, 75,631 services were offered to those in need over the last year.”

Maui United Way received 57 applications for partnership and funding this year. As a result, MUW has grown its partnership with seven new agencies, including Book Trust, Boys & Girls Club, Lahaina Arts Association, Paia Youth & Cultural Center, Parents & Children Together, People Attentive to Children and Special Olympics of Hawaii, Maui County.

MUW’s funding targets programs primarily focusing on the impact areas of education, income and health.

Maui United Way’s impact can be seen by simply looking at the numbers.

This past year alone, shelter and security was provided to about 250 women and children who were victims of domestic violence, 11,173 people in need were provided with food boxes, and 13,901 individuals were made aware of the dangers of meth use.

Recently, Maui United Way held its 44th annual meeting and recognition luncheon, at which a dozen mahalo awards were given to outstanding businesses, agencies, and individuals who have contributed to MUW’s mission.

The award winners and their categories are as follows: Corporate Contributor of the Year, Alexander & Baldwin Inc.; Campaign of the Year, Maui Electric Co.; Community Champion of the Year, Bendon Family Foundation; Foundation of the Year, Karakin Foundation; Bank of the Year, Bank of Hawaii; Hotel of the Year, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club; Partner Agency of the Year, Habitat for Humanity; Community Partnership of the Year, Maui Mall; Campaign Excellence Awards, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ameron Hawaii, and Goodfellow Brothers, Inc.; Outstanding Volunteer Award, Christine Williams.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Maui United Way,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric. “From our annual rummage sale, Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tourney to various internal fundraisers, our employees always look forward to supporting this important organization that enriches so many lives in our community.”

Maui United Way installed incoming officers, recognizing Deanna Davis of Pacific Radio Group/Hawaii Operating Engineers as board chair; Stephen Kealoha, a retiree of Maui Electric, as vice chairman; Christine Williams of First Hawaiian Bank as treasurer; and Paul Mizoguchi of Maui Varieties Ltd. as secretary.

Alexander & Baldwin’s Grant Chun presented a check for $100,000 at this year’s event, showing the support of affiliated companies, including Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, A&B Properties, Kahului Trucking and Storage, Maui Brand and McBryde Resources Inc.

To make a contribution, visit www.mauiunitedway.org or call 244-8787.