Fundraiser nets $210,000 for UH football program

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In an outpouring of support from local businesses and community members, nearly $210,000 dollars was raised during a fundraiser telethon on Wednesday to benefit the Na Koa Football Club and the University of Hawaii football team's training table.

The telethon, broadcast during a three hour show on Hawaii News Now, featured coach Norm Chow and both current and former players, along with University of Hawaii chancellor Tom Apple and athletics director Ben Jay.

The executive director of the Na Koa Football Club, Kim Fujiuchi, helped organize the dozens of volunteers who answered phones in several phones banks and collected thousands of dollars from callers, in addition to funds donated by business leaders from around the state.

"Overall, we had an objective of raising $150,000 dollars to upgrade the U.H. training table with the intention of providing proper nutrition for the team," said Rick Blangiardi, former Na Koa president and the general manager of Hawaii News Now. "In an unprecedented rally of business leaders and the people of Hawaii, we successfully raised $210,000 dollars."

The University of Hawaii opens its 2013 season on Thursday against USC.

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