Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
Grade school students at St. Anthony School participated in the Kids Heart Challenge and the school raised more than $11,000 for the American Heart Association.
St. Anthony School has been participating in this program for many years. Each year, they do an hour of jump roping that is double Dutch, Chinese, single, double jumps.
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Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation founders Penny Dearborn and Dawn Hall were “thrilled and surprised” to be the recipient of $7,125 raised during an annual holiday fundraiser at Ceramic Tile Plus in Kahului. Each year, owner James Doran III and his team select a nonprofit organization. This year they unanimously chose HARF, with many of the staff members personally owning a HARF dog or two. During the holiday season, Ceramic Tile Plus sold remnant counter top pieces, and then donated the funds to HARF.
“The whole team was really behind the cause this year and as a result we broke all fundraising records,” said owner Doran. “We encourage other small businesses to support our local nonprofits. It doesn’t take much time or effort and it has a big impact the organizations doing good work in the community.”
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Five members of the Hawaiiana Management Co.’s Maui office visited local nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center on Feb. 11 to deliver a donation totaling more than $5,000. Malama provides caring, holistic substance abuse treatment to women and children so families can live safe, independent and healthy lives.
It is the only treatment center on Maui where babies and young children can live with their mothers while they get help. Malama and Oahu-based nonprofit Ke Kama Pono were chosen for Hawaiiana’s fourth-quarter 2018 charity drive that took place between Sept. 4 and Dec. 14.
During that time, employees at Hawaiiana offices across the state had a chance to contribute by participating in themed “dress up days,” such as a sports day, Halloween day and holiday spirit day. For every person who dressed up, Hawaiiana donated $5 to the charity drive.
Employees also participated by donating $25 in exchange for chances to win a free, paid-time-off day or a staycation at the Marriott.
“We chose Malama Family Recovery Center because it is Maui’s only women-specific addiction and substance abuse treatment center,” said Steve Chopek, management executive in Hawaiiana’s Maui office and the employee who nominated Malama during the selection process. “Many of our friends, neighbors and ohana are affected by mental health and substance abuse, so helping Malama support women as they recover and create positive change for their families is incredibly important to us.”
In addition to Malama and Ke Kama Pono, Hawaiiana also raised money in 2018 to support recovery and relief efforts for the floods on Kauai and volcano eruptions on the Big Island. “It is inspiring and touching to see a company and its employees engage in such a statewide, team effort to make a positive difference,” said Lisa Ponichtera, Malama clinical director. “We are deeply grateful and honored by this outpouring of support for the women, children and families we serve.”