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Bank of Hawaii Community Walk Raises $111,000 to Benefit After-School All-Stars Hawaii, Easter Seals Hawaii and HUGS

Saturday, June 25, 2011

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Bank of Hawaii hosted its 5th Annual Community Walk today at Kapiolani Park to support nonprofit organizations that work to protect and nurture Hawaii’s children. Employees selected the walk’s beneficiaries, and then raised a total of $111,000 in donations for After-School All-Stars Hawaii, Easter Seals Hawaii and HUGS. 

Dawn Dunbar, executive director of After-School All-Stars Hawaii, said, “This generous contribution is special because it is an effort driven by the commitment of Bank of Hawaii employees to serve their communities. This contribution will continue to support after-school programming for at-risk youth in Hawaii’s public middle schools, and enable the All-Stars to expand their programs, providing more opportunities to kids who need a safe haven where they can engage in productive activities during non-school hours.”

Majken Mechling, president and CEO of Easter Seals Hawaii, said, “The Easter Seals Hawaii team of providers salutes the Bank of Hawaii team of employees for their generosity and support. These are hard economic times for us all. Budgets are tight and the cost of doing business continues to rise. The monies contributed by the employees of the Bank of Hawaii ‘ohana will ensure thousands of hours of service delivery continues across the state to people with disabilities or special needs and their families.” 

Donna Witsell, executive director of HUGS, said, “On behalf of our entire HUGS ‘ohana, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all of the employees of Bank of Hawaii for their amazing generosity and support. The funds raised will help HUGS to sustain its 10 free programs that support families across the state who have children with life-threatening illnesses. Our programs include an emergency airfare fund, our food pantry and hospital outreach; all of which have become increasingly more important in these difficult economic times. It is our goal never to have to turn a family in medical crisis away and this level of support will go a long way in helping us accomplish that. Mahalo Nui Loa.”

Bank of Hawaii created this annual Community Walk in 2007 to support local nonprofit organizations that could not execute their own fundraising walks. Today, the Community Walk continues to thrive – drawing strong numbers in proceeds and supporters throughout the island. The Community Walk is just another way in which Bank of Hawaii exemplifies its longstanding commitment toward improving the quality of life and wellbeing of the communities it serves.

Over its five-year history, the Bank of Hawaii Community Walk has raised more than $560,000 to help our communities. More information about the Bank of Hawaii Community Walk can be found at www.boh.com/community.