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Nominations sought for People Who Made a Difference

The Maui News is asking for readers’ nominations for the 26th People Who Made A Difference feature.

Nominees must be Maui County residents, groups or organizations, public or private, who have made a positive difference in the Maui County community in 2020. These could include residents who performed heroic acts, solved a problem in the community or helped out families in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last year’s winners were Abel Garcia, whose mobile hygiene unit brought services to the homeless; chef Kyle Kawakami, who started a Pay It Forward campaign that fed countless customers; Angelia Andrade, who helped double the number of women screened for breast cancer at the hospital; decorated Special Olympics athlete Casey Gamiao and her parents Jimmy and Christine, tireless supporters of the program; and Ron Panzo, who has a long history of volunteering with Toys for Tots and other causes.

The awards are not meant as lifetime achievement awards, and the nominees must be living.

The staff of The Maui News will be selecting the 2020 People Who Made A Difference based on the submissions from the public. A tabloid will appear in the Dec. 26 Weekender issue of The Maui News with profiles and pictures of the awardees.

Please submit nominations via email to citydesk@ mauinews.com, fax at 242-9087 or mail to The Maui News, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793. The deadline to submit nominations is 5 p.m. Nov. 30.

Nominations should include:

• The correct spelling of the name or group.

• An explanation of the nomination (no more than 300 words).

• A phone number or email address of the nominee, if possible.

• A phone number of the nominator (for contact purposes only).

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