HONOLULU, HAWAII – More than 1,800 Bank of Hawaii employees and their families gathered at the Honolulu Zoo today for Bank of Hawaii’s sixth annual Community Walk. A record $135,000 in donations was raised and will be equally divided among Honolulu Zoo Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii and Variety School of Hawaii. This is the largest amount that BOH employees have raised since the walk was started in 2007, and this is the largest turnout of bank employees for a community service event. Each year employees vote to determine the walk’s beneficiary organizations.
Ted Otaguro, executive director of the Honolulu Zoo Society, said, "We are delighted to host this year’s Bank of Hawaii Community Walk and, more importantly, to be chosen as a beneficiary. We hope to host this event for many years to come. Thank you so much for your help in making our zoo one of the best in the nation."
Jerri Chong, president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii, said, "We are honored to be chosen to be a recipient of proceeds from the 2012 Bank of Hawaii Community Walk. This gift is particularly meaningful because it’s a direct result of fundraising from people who care – the bank’s employees. Because of them, more than a dozen families, each with a very sick child, will find comfort and support, and a safe and healing place to stay tonight at Hawaii’s Ronald McDonald House."
Duane Yee, executive director of Variety School of Hawaii, said, “Thanks to the generosity of Bank of Hawaii’s Community Walk, our Bankoh Summer Scholarships for families whose children might not otherwise afford the special care of our school will be in place beginning this month. Many, many thanks for all your help.”
Bank of Hawaii created its annual Community Walk in 2007 as a way to support nonprofit organizations that could not execute their own fundraising walks. Over its six-year history, Bank of Hawaii employees have raised more than $825,000 to help community organizations.
The Community Walk is another example of Bank of Hawaii’s commitment to improving the quality of life and wellbeing in the communities it serves. More information about the Bank of Hawaii Community Walk can be found at www.boh.com/community.