Charity Walk fundraising breaks record for the County of Maui

The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association announced at its Charity Walk reception last week the record-breaking amount raised for Maui County during the 35th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk: $835,557 ($222,532 more than last year’s previous record-setting amount).

Held earlier this year, the events on Maui, Molokai and Lanai by the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association drew 2,782 walkers. While it was preliminarily reported immediately after island walks in May that Maui County raised $789,816, funds have continued to roll in, culminating in the grand total announcement.

The breakdowns of results by island are as follows:

Maui – $742,775 from 2,300 walkers.

Molokai – $64,554 from 300 walkers.

Lanai – $28,228 from 182 walkers.

More than 100 nonprofit organizations were honored in appreciation of their participation in the event. In addition, the following were recognized for their top fundraising efforts:

Individual raising the most:

1st place – Betsy Scheller, Na Hoaloha – $15,165.

2nd place – Peter Tierney, SPCA – $13,692.

3rd place – Mitch Mitchell, Hale Makua – $12,765.

Nonprofit agency raising the most:

1st place – Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation – $65,857.45.

2nd place – Ka Hale A Ke Ola – $65,547.85.

3rd place – Hale Makua – $41,105.63.

Business raising the most:

1st Place – Bank of Hawaii – $22,773.13.

2nd Place – Monsanto – $4,033.

3rd Place – VIP Foodservice – $3,592.

Property raising the most per employee:

1st Place – Maui Condo – $408.

2nd Place – Kahana Falls – $257.14.

3rd Place – Ka’anapali Beach Hotel – $53.44.

Property raising the most:

1st Place – Grand Wailea -$63,530.

2nd Place – Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa – $26,442.

3rd Place – Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – $17,500.

Restaurant raising the most funds (new category)

1st – Tri-Star Restaurant Group – $7,849.

The Charity Walk is one of the largest fundraising events in Hawaii. Statewide, more than $1.6 million was raised via walks held on Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island, Maui, Lanai and Molokai, according to a news release. Maui continues to raise more money per capita than any other island and for the fourth year in a row raised more than any other island in the state.

Since the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association started hosting the event in 1980, Maui County has raised a cumulative total of $7.5 million, benefiting hundreds of nonprofit organizations on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. All of the funds remain in Maui County to benefit the local community and its residents.

Charity Walk Chairman Tom Bell (from left) and Lisa Paulson of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association recognize top individual charity fundraiser Betsy Scheller of Na Hoaloha.

Carlayna Nakamura (center) holds a plaque recognizing the Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation as the top nonprofit agency fundraiser, while Lisa Paulson and Tom Bell look on.