Maui’s 31st Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk Raises $266,524
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.
The 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.
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.
(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009)