Dinner and auction will benefit STEM education

“Pathways to our Future,” an annual fundraiser dinner for the Maui Economic Development Board Ke Alahele Education Fund, returns Aug. 29 at the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea.

This year’s event will spotlight Maui County’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) stars while raising needed funds for STEM programs in the community.

A reception and silent auction will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 6:30.

“We are very pleased that Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Ann, and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and his wife, Lyndelle, are this year’s ‘Distinguished Educators’ and will share in the festivities,” said MEDB President & CEO Jeanne Unemori Skog. “Also, having Kanoa Leahey as our emcee promises to help make this dinner a lively evening.”

During this year’s event, fund grantees will share the outcomes of the community’s investments in their STEM projects. MEDB will also announce the 2015 honoree of the Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award, given for demonstrating the most innovative use of STEM tools and capabilities to serve and improve the community.

This past school year, the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund awarded grants totaling more than $183,000 to over 25 Maui County schools and organizations.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available. Event tickets are $175 per person. Proceeds will help to advance STEM education for youths in Maui County and the state.

“Thanks to generous businesses and other community stakeholders, we have touched thousands of students,” said Skog. “Donors send a clear message to our students of the importance of preparing for careers in STEM.”

For reservations and information, contact Maui Economic Development Board at 875-2300 or visit www.medb.org.