May 31, 2017 – Grand Pacific Resorts, a timeshare management company in Carlsbad, raised over $34,000 at the 38th Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on the island of Kauai. Teams of associates throughout Grand Pacific Resorts from Hanalei Bay Resort, Makai Club Resort to Kauai Beach Villas helped raise money for local charities and also provided walker/runner support and motivation at the event.
The Charity Walk, sponsored by the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association, extends its charitable reach to all Hawaii non-profit charities. More than 57 local charities benefit from the walk, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai and Malama Pono Health Services. Charity Walk operates throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and participants have raised as much as $1.8 million in previous years to help foster a better Hawaii.
Along with team members requesting sponsorship in the form of donations and participating in the 2.9-mile Charity Walk, Hanalei Bay Resort also sold 200 lunch plates to guests, sold resort-branded Charity Walk t-shirts, held a silent auction and held a tennis tournament. All proceeds of each effort benefited the Charity Walk. Team members from Makai Club Resort and Kauai Beach Villas also supported the Charity Walk by servicing an Aide Station, which provided refreshments and cheerful motivation to walkers and runners during the event.|
Special recognition goes to Lillian Watari, Guest Services Manager at Hanalei Bay Resort. For the past 10 years, she has generously given her time to support community events like the Charity Walk. For the fourth year in a row she has received the “Gold Slippah” award for being the top Charity Walk individual fundraiser – she, alone, raised more than $17,000 this year as an individual participant. Watari continuously rallied supporters at the resort, and within the community, helping her team raise over $34,000, placing Grand Pacific Resorts as the top contributor to the cause.
“This charity walk is always close to my heart because Hawaii is, and always will be, my home and supporting these local charities mean so much to the community. I make sure I carry my pledge form in my purse and when I see someone I know I ask them if they would like to contribute. It doesn’t matter if it’s $10, $20 or $1. Everything helps,” explains Watari. “It’s always exciting to see how much we’re able to raise and how the event pulls the community together. It’s something I look forward to each year.”
Grand Pacific Resorts is proud of the teamwork that went into raising over $34,000 and the levels of support team members provided to Charity Walk, making it a truly unifying event.