Posted on: Sunday, March 16, 2008
Ward Centers and Windward Mall on O'ahu, Queen Ka'ahumanu Center on Maui and Prince Kuhio Plaza on the Big Island hosted Festival of Giving shopping fundraisers this past holiday season, netting more than $100,000 for participating charities across the state.
Opportunities for the Retarded received a grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The funds are earmarked for the education, training, employment and housing opportunities for the developmentally disabled.
The Hawai'i Council for the Humanities has awarded grants to the following organizations: Hawai'i Architectural Foundation, Judiciary History Center, Children's Literature Hawai'i, Ho-nolulu Academy of Arts, Matsunaga Charitable Foundation, Bishop Museum and Temple University Press. The organizations will use the funds for their humanities projects.
PATCH has receive a grant from Young Brothers. The funds will be used to stage the Family Child Care Provider Appreciation Day Celebration-Conference to be held on the Big Island in May. The event honors childcare providers for their hard work and dedication to children.
Current and former Ernst & Young partners Terri Fujii and Lawrence Rodriguez have jointly established a $300,000 endowed scholarship at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa Shidler College of Business.
The initial gift was matched by Jay Shidler matching funds. The scholarship will support deserving students majoring in accounting.
Hawai'i People's Fund recently granted funds to the following community-based social justice projects: American Friends Service Committee, Associated Animals Inc., Community Alliance of Prisons, Hawai'i SEED, Hui o Kuapa on Moloka'i, Hui Pu, Ka Pakaukau, KAHEA: the Hawaiian Environmental Alliance, Kukuna o Ka La and Safe Zone Foundation.
The Hawai'i Island HIV/AIDS Foundation and Life Foundation of O'ahu were each awarded grants by Cable Positive's Tony Cox Community Fund for the purpose of creating AIDS awareness public service announcements to air in Hawai'i.
Oceanic Time Warner donated airtime and partnered with the AIDS organization to create the PSAs.
Friends of Hawai'i Charities has awarded funds to Catholic Charities Hawaii's Mary Jane Program, which provides services and support to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies who have nowhere to go.
The Kukui Children's Foundation has received funding to undertake the renovations of a building in historic Chinatown to create the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Kukui Center. The building was purchased through a $3.5 million Community Development Block Grant in HUD funds awarded by the City and County of Honolulu to benefit abused children.
Also received were grants from the following organizations: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Eleemosynary Trust, the Atherton Family Foundation, the McInerny Foundation, Bank of Hawaii and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Partnering in this new center to deliver collaborative services and share resources will be Family Promise of Hawaii, The Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii, the Consuelo Foundation, Na Loio and Kids Hurt Too.