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Darryl Ng

Club hosts Civil Air Patrol commander

Lt. Darryl Ng, commander of the Maui County Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset’s virtual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

For more than 50 years, the 57th Maui County Composite Squadron has been serving the community, responding during Hurricane Iniki and in the famous search for Eddie Aikau, according to a news release. Ng will share history and information about the squadron as well as its primary mission and programs on Maui.

Club members and guests are invited to attend the meeting via Zoom. To receive a meeting link, contact Joanne Laird at mamalrd01@gmail.com.


Pizza charity founder to address Rotarians

The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea will host Jonathan Yudis as its guest speaker at its virtual meeting at noon on Wednesday.

Yudis is the founder of the “Maui Charity Pizza” community service project, which provides hot meals to Maui’s unsheltered.

The Zoom room will open at 11:30 a.m. for fellowship. The Zoom meeting ID is 829 1334 8817; the passcode is 081120.

For more information, contact Allan Weiland at aw3200@gmail.com.


Shelter to host adoption event

Maui Humane Society will host an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 18.

No appointment is necessary and there are no adoption fees. Prospective animal parents can take part in the Maui Humane Society’s 10-day Paws to Adopt adoption trial program.

In addition to the animals waiting for their forever homes, there will be food trucks and live entertainment at the event. Social distancing and masks are mandatory.

For more information, visit www.mauihumanesociety.org.


Bezos donates to Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Maui has received a personal donation from Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chair of Amazon.

“We are incredibly grateful for Mr. Bezos’ support,” said Sherri Dodson, the nonprofit’s executive director. “We are in the midst of expanding our safety repair and home modification program for low-income kupuna and/or disabled homeowners, so this donation could not have come at a better time. Unfortunately, so many of our low-income seniors are living in substandard conditions and simply need a helping hand. This donation will help us build our capacity and allow us to further our mission. Everyone deserves a safe and decent place to live.”


Child advocacy group gets donation

The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui has received a personal donation from Amazon Founder and Executive Chair Jeff Bezos.

“This donation comes at a crucial point for us due the overwhelming increase in requests for services that we have received during the COVID pandemic, as well as broader needs we have seen in the community,” said Paul Tonnessen, executive director of the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui.

The nonprofit provides assistance to abused and neglected children, promotes prevention of child abuse and neglect and supports the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, which is part of the Hawaii State Judiciary.

For more information about the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, contact Tonnessen at 986-8634 or visit mauicjc.org.


Bezos donates to Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui is among the many local nonprofits that has received a personal donation from Jeff Bezos, founder and executive chair of Amazon.

“We want to send a huge mahalo to Mr. Bezos and his team for his support and recognizing the amazing value Maui’s nonprofit organizations provide,” said Kelly Maluo-Pearson, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.

The nonprofit said it will use the donation to continue to provide its evidence-based programs that help youth learn, develop social skills, express themselves creatively and participate in sports.


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