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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, August 24, 2003


Advertiser Staff

Big Breakfast benefits AUW

The Eighth Annual Big Breakfast, sponsored by Finance Factors, raised $6,375 for Aloha United Way and its network of community organizations. More than 50 executives and employees from the Finance Factors family of companies participated in the recent event.

Company employees got up before dawn to prepare for the breakfast. Downtown office workers gathered in front of Finance Factors Center to buy $5 breakfasts of Portuguese sausage, scrambled eggs and rice. More than 1,000 plates were served.

Through employee contributions and special events, Finance Factors companies have raised more than $30,580 for Aloha United Way this year.

Grant to help rural residents

A $50,000 grant has been awarded to the Hawai'i County Economic Opportunity Council. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development money will be used for rural residents of Hawai'i County, especially Hawaiians, to obtain and/or maintain occupancy of housing. The assistance will take the form of educational outreach programs and counseling in budgeting and finances.

The program will be available to people with low income who want to qualify for Rural Housing Service loans or loans from other financial institutions. The program is available also to those who already own a home and are in jeopardy of foreclosure.

For more information on rural programs, consult the USDA's Web site, www.rurdev.usda.gov.

Golf event buoys foundation

Ace Auto Glass Inc. and Airbag Service raised $8,144 at its fourth annual golf tournament for the benefit of Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation, held July 23 at the Waikele Golf Club.

Sponsors included Alex Brenner; An Ho Metal Industrial Co. Ltd.; DTRIC Insurance; Henson International Corp.; Nichilon Inc.; SAN Construction LLC; Terry Tamura, CPA; Theo Davies Body Shop; AIG Hawaii; City Bank; Hughes & Taosaka, Attorneys at Law; KOGA Engineering & Construction Inc.; Mygrant Glass Co.; Servco Lexus; and Stephen Sugai & Steven Kira.

Orvis grant aids Opera Theatre

Hawaii Opera Theatre has received a $100,000 grant from the Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation. Half of the grant will cover HOT's Opera Studio operations, named in honor of Mae Orvis, with the other half providing an endowment grant for sustaining the Opera Studio program.

Mae Orvis was an opera singer and founding patron of HOT. She and her husband were supporters of the arts in the Islands.

Kaua'i center buying sterilizer

The Vidinha Charitable Trust has awarded $60,000 to the St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii to purchase and install a new, larger Sani-pak, an on-site medical waste sterilizer at the St. Francis Kauai Dialysis facility.

The new equipment will replace a system that is almost 10 years old and prone to breakdowns. During downtimes, the backlog of waste has been sent to Wilcox Hospital or shipped to O'ahu, increasing costs.

Youth opera receives support

The Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus recently received generous support from several charitable foundations, individuals and agencies to encourage musical excellence in Hawai'i's children.

Received for the 2003-2004 season in the category of general options support were:

• $10,000 from McInerny Foundation,

• $2,500 from Bank of Hawaii Charitable Foundation, and

• $1,000 from Jhamandas Watamull Fund.

Received to support the Third Annual Pacific Rim Children's Choral Festival were:

• $8,000 from the Cooke Foundation Ltd.,

• $5,000 from the Seto Foundation,

• $1,000 from the Zadoc W. & Laurence N. Brown Foundation, and

• $500 from the Lin and Ella Wong Foundation.