76 Oahu nonprofits receive funds from 2015 Charity Walk

76 Oahu nonprofits receive funds from 2015 Charity Walk
Courtesy: Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association
Courtesy: Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Seventy-six Oahu nonprofits today received some welcomed funds to support their programs benefiting communities and those needing assistance, a result of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association's (HLTA) Charity Walk, held in May 2015.

The Oahu Charity Walk raised $440,000 to provide funds allocated to 76 recipients, representing charitable organizations and nonprofit groups island-wide. HLTA fund allocations were made in previous weeks to nonprofits and charities on Maui, Hawaii Island and Kauai.

Altogether, HLTA raised a record $2.2-million this year in funds for 294 nonprofits statewide, generated by Charity Walk events held on Maui ($863,000), Hawaii Island ($300,000) and Kauai ($245,000), and the Hawaii for Hawaii concert ($350,000), which was held on Oahu in May 2015.

Presenting the funds to recipients was Mufi Hannemann, HLTA President and CEO, Ben Rafter, Chair of the 2015 Charity Walk, and State Senator Brickwood Galuteria, who served as the event's emcee.

Hannemann said, "Hawaii's visitor industry workers on all four island counties came through like champions this year for those in need. The record $2.2-million in funds raised will collectively make a major impact in supporting programs that benefit our fellow residents, communities and way of life on all islands. I especially want to commend Ben Rafter for his outstanding leadership of this successful fundraising drive. "

Nonprofits statewide benefiting from HLTA's support in 2015 include the following.

CountyCharities Supported

YMCA of Honolulu, Special Olympics Hawaii, Institute of Human Services, American National Red Cross,                   and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii

MauiChild & Family Service, Aloha House, Hospice Maui, Central Maui Hawaiian Civic Club, and Ignite A Life
HawaiiAlex & Duke DeRego Foundation, Brantley Center, Inc., Habitat for Humanity – West Hawaii, Hope Services,           and Hawaii Island Home for Recovery
KauaiACF Kauai Chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai, Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, Kauai Lifeguar                               Association, and Mahelona Hospital Auxiliary

The annual Charity Walk is one of the state's largest fundraisers to support nonprofits and charitable causes, providing a great opportunity for Hawaii's visitor industry workers and supporters to collectively give back to Hawaii's communities. This year's Charity Walk events had more than 11,200 participants statewide.

Funds raised on each island stay on that respective island to benefit nonprofit groups and charitable organizations. An HLTA committee for each island county decides on the charities, nonprofits and organizations that receive funding.

HLTA is a statewide organization representing hotels, condominiums, timeshares, and other lodging and visitor industry entities. HLTA is dedicated to supporting Hawaii's lodging industry through education, political action and membership benefits, and raising awareness about its contributions to communities throughout the state. For more information, click HERE.

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