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Maui’s 31st Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk Raises $266,524

May 18, 2009, 10:22 AM HST
* Updated January 5, 8:49 AM
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The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association raised more than $266,000 this weekend in its 31st Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk.  More than 1,200 walkers gathered at the War Memorial Soccer Field for the Saturday event.

charitywalk_fullThe top individual fundraiser was Mitch Mitchell who raised $10,375 on behalf of Hale Makua.  The Royal Lahaina Resort brought in the most funds overall with a $25,242 contribution.  Oceanic Time Warner Cable raised $3,000, the most for a business.  And Hale Makua was $300 shy of $30,000, earning the most for a non-profit.  The funds raised on Maui, stay in Maui County and will benefit multiple island charities.

The bulk of the participants included visitor industry workers, non-profit agencies and business representatives.

“Our ability to provide for Maui’s non-profits – especially during these tough economic times – is a direct reflection of the integrity & philanthropic conviction of the fine businesses in the visitor industry,” said Carol Reimann, Executive Director of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association.

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She went on to say, “Maui has always done it in grand style – our island continues to raise more funds per capital than any other island in Hawaii.”

The Visitor Industry Charity Walk is a statewide event that takes place simultaneously on Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island. This year the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association also hosted a walk on Molokai.

The Charity Walk is one of Hawaii’s largest single-day fundraiser with thousands of walkers raising over $1million annually to benefit charity.  Mark your calendar for next year’s Visitor Industry Charity Walk – May 15, 2010.

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(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009)

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