Over $2M total raised for non-profits at 39th Annual Charity Walk

Published: May. 20, 2017 at 11:15 PM HST|Updated: May. 21, 2017 at 10:20 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 6,000 participants strolled around Ala Moana Beach Park Saturday morning for the 39th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk.

"Our state reached $2 million on the day of the Oahu Walk last year, and by the end of the collection period today we raised over $2.2 million for 346 charities," said Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, which sponsors the Charity Walk.

Individuals and non-profit organizations on Saturday raised about $440,000.

Last week the neighbor island's held their charity walks.

Nearly 1,800 people on Kauai helped raise a record $275,000, Maui county raised almost $1.2 million dollars and had more than 2,600 participants, and Big Island volunteers raised $300,000.

Organizers said this year's fundraiser is on track to beat last year's overall total.

"Mahalo plenty to all the volunteers and participants who helped make our 39th annual Charity Walk a fun and successful event for all," said Hannemann.

The Charity Walk, founded in 1974 and expanded statewide in 1978, is now Hawaii's largest single-day fundraising event by a non-profit organization. Since its inception, more than $32 million has been raised to support hundreds of local charities throughout the state.

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