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Victorino honored at MEO virtual gala

Attendees of the Maui Economic Opportunity gala honoring Mayor Michael Victorino pose for a photo at the conclusion of the event on Aug. 28. Shown are (from left) Maui Hotel and Lodging Association Executive Director Rod Antone, state Sen. Roz Baker, Maui County Council Chairwoman Alice Lee, Joycelyn and Michael Victorino, state Rep. Troy Hashimoto and MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe. Photo courtesy Maui Economic Opportunity

The 2020 Maui Economic Opportunity ” … Do What Is Right” fundraising gala was held virtually on Aug. 28, after three postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maui County Council Chairwoman Alice Lee, state Sen. Roz Baker and state Rep. Troy Hashimoto joined the livestream event at the MEO offices in Wailuku to honor Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino for his support of local nonprofit agencies, especially amid the pandemic. He was joined by his wife, Joycelyn, at the site of the livestream. The event was emceed by Maui Hotel and Lodging Association Executive Director Rod Antone.

An online auction raised more than $5,000 for the nonprofit Community Action Partnership that works to assist low-income and disenfranchised members of the community and is heavily involved in disbursing pandemic relief.

Originally scheduled for March 2020, the gala was reset due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Saturday’s event was originally planned as in person, but it was moved to a livestream platform in early August due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“We apologize for the inconvenience to gala-goers for the switch to the online presentation, but we decided to put the health and safety of guests and staff first,” said MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe. “Delaying the event again was not an option given coming events. Thank you all for understanding.”

The gala and concert can be viewed at www.facebook.com/ MEOINC/videos/1001042960671253.

The next gala, “We are Ohana,” is set for 5 to 9 p.m. March 19, 2022, at the King Kamehameha Golf Club.

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