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Visitor Industry Charity Walk raises record $1.67 million

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The 35th annual Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association (HTLA) Visitor Industry Charity Walk raised a record $1,671,436 Saturday.

"Our visitor industry works hard all year to put together this event that serves Hawaii's non-profits and communities.I'm so proud of this record-setting Charity Walk by the people and friends of our visitor industry," said Julie Arigo, this year's Charity Walk chairman and general manager of Waikiki Parc Hotel. "It's a wonderful outpouring of kindness and kokua that exemplifies our aloha spirit. A big mahalo to all of the thousands of folks who participated and gave so generously."

A total of 14,736 walkers on Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii Island participated in the fundraiserthat generates monies for hundreds of local charities. Maui raised the most funds of any of the Islands for the third consecutive year with an impressive $701,716 – a record for the Island.

"A lot of heart goes into this event by Hawaii's lodging industry and other members of our tourism community. We're happy to know that the results of our collective efforts will make a positive difference to the hundreds of non-profits that support people in need across the state," said George Szigeti, president of HLTA.

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