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2016 VIPs
Clarence Chun recognized by Hawaii Foodbank
Lauren Dawson recognized by Iolani School
Charlie R. "Chuck" Jones recognized by Catholic Charities Hawaii
Janet Marlette recognized by ASSETS School
Russell and Kristina Ogawa recognized by Punahou School
Scott Schroeder, PhD. recognized by Sacred Hearts Academy
Garrett and Christine Suehiro recognized by Punahou School
Barry Taniguchi recognized by Hawaii Community Foundation

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2015 VIPs
Glenn Ching recognized by Hawaii Foodbank
Ernie Choy recognized by Iolani School
James Lee recognized by Iolani School
Galen Narimatsu recognized by Mid-Pacific Institute
Shanlyn Park recognized by Sacred Hearts Academy
Jay Shidler recognized by Honolulu Museum of Art
Derrick Wong recognized by Maryknoll School
Kent and Dora Youel recognized by University of Hawaii Foundation

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2014 VIPs

Violeta Arnobit recognized by Hawaii Pacific Health Pali Momi Foundation
Kimberly Dey recognized by Hawaii Pacific Health Kapiolani Health Foundation
Sue Ferandin recognized by Sacred Hearts Academy
Friends of Catholic Charities Hawaii recognized by Catholic Charities Hawaii
Bill Petty recognized by Hawaii Theatre Center
Jeff White recognized by Honolulu Waldorf School

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2013 VIPs

David Arita recognized by Salvation Army
Janice Casey recognized by Hawaii Community Foundation
Greg Concilla recognized by Hawaii Foodbank
Leslie "Les" Correira recognized by Catholic Charities Hawaii
Jean Kiyabu recognized by PBS Hawaii
Amanda Stevens recognized by Goodwill Industries of Hawaii
Beth Hoban recognized by Pali Momi Foundation
Michael J. O'Malley recognized by Kapiolani Health Foundation
Susan Schull recognized by Ballet Hawaii
Judge Michael A. Town recognized by Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii
Dr. Allana Coffee recognized by Hawaii Theatre
Susan Sowder recognized by National Kidney Foundation
Thomas Hee recognized by Sacred Hearts Academy

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2012 VIPs

Lawrence "Larry" Rodriguez recognized by Catholic Charities Hawaii
Lina Agbayani recognized by Hawaii Food Bank
Jeff Arce recognized by Kapiolani Health
Craig Thomas recognized by Castle Medical Center
Murray Bawden recognized by Salvation Army
Cindy Turse recognized by Hawaii Theatre Center
Gayle Harimoto recognized by PBS Hawaii
Mark Polivka recognized by Kapiolani Health Foundation
Darrel Lau recognized by Maryknoll School
Gayle Pingree recognized by Sacred Hearts Academy
Steve Walker recognized by National Kidney Foundation

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2011 VIPs
 
Linda Katagiri recognized by National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii
From the time Linda Katagiri was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, she not only expressed a desire to make a difference and that she believed in its mission but that this was something she really wanted to do.  When the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii was undergoing major changes, Linda insured that the key elements including people, process and technology were not overlooked.  Throughout and despite these challenges, two things remained constant--her commitment to the organization and its mission, and her commitment to pursue financial resources for the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.  

Sara Platte recognized by Sacred Hearts Academy
Sara Platte began volunteering as a homeroom parent in her daughter’s classes at Sacred Hearts Academy. Her expertise, public relations experience and high energy are qualities which she now graciously shares as Board Director for the Academy. Sara serves on the Development Committee, helping raise funds for scholarships and is currently the fundraising chair for the $6 million Clarence T.C. Ching Student Center. Sara is also Board Vice President for the Friends of the Missing Child Center and former president of the Public Relations Society Hawaii chapter.  She is married to Mark Platte, and they have two children: Brianna and Christopher.

Lois Reiswig recognized by the Hawaii Community Foundation
Lois Reiswig (check pronunciation) has made Maui a more compassionate and caring place.  Serving on Hawaii Community Foundation's Maui Leadership Council, she started Hui-Hoaloha, a monthly gathering to build bridges between long or part-time residents and newcomers, and to foster support for the nonprofit community.  For ten years, Lois ensured that each luncheon was a culinary delight at a different educational location.  Hui Hoaloha's network impressively exceeds 250 members.  Mahalo Lois!

Kalene Sakamoto recognized by Maryknoll School
Kalene Sakamoto is the epitome of a great volunteer, sharing her time and energizing others at Maryknoll School. She spearheaded a project to get refurbished computers to families who cannot afford them, is a key part of the Kekumano Scholarship Dinner silent auction and the annual luau and also helps fundraise through the school’s Development Committee.  With a full-time job, this busy wife and mom finds satisfaction in her family and in volunteering for her community.  Kalene truly exemplifies the Maryknoll motto, Noblesse Oblige. 

Melissa Jackson recognized by Castle Medical Center
Melissa Jackson is a community leader and has raised more than $700,000 dollars for Castle Medical Center’s Vera Zilber Birth Center which is named after her grandmother.  Melissa is a visionary person with a compassionate heart.  Castle Medical Center is extremely appreciative for all that Melissa has done and continues to do for our community hospital as it undergoes a $24 million renovation and revitalization project.  Castle Medical Center is honored to have Melissa as their 2011 VIP.

Helene Nielson recognized by Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
Helen was one of three visionaries who founded the Maui Coastal Land Trust in the 1990’s. In 2010 Helen was again instrumental in guiding the Land Trust to become a statewide organization now known as Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.  Her vision has resulted in the protection of over 17,500 acres statewide and has set the stage for protecting farms, ranches, public access, historical places, and native habitat throughout Hawai‘i.

Roger Wall recognized by Catholic Charities of Hawaii
The spirit of aloha is alive in Roger Wall.  His passion for helping others is always inspiring to the staff and clients of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i. As Vice Chairman for The Sullivan Family of Companies, he keeps a hectic schedule, but somehow he finds the time to volunteer his time.  He has served on our board in a number of capacities for over 13 years. His leadership was instrumental in the relocation of our Mary Jane Program and the campaign for our new permanent home in Makiki.  We feel fortunate to have him as a friend and supporter.    

Vince Hill recognized by Kapiolani Health Foundation  
Vince Hill has raised nearly $1 million in support for Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network through a $1, one-donor–at-a-time grassroots campaign.  With a fierce commitment, exceptional advocacy skills and unrelenting dedication, Vince makes a passionate case for Hawai’i’s sick and injured keiki to everyone he encounters.  Vince’s kind and generous spirit and extraordinary leadership talents have mobilized a community behind a common cause, inspiring thousands to support KCMN through generous donations and volunteering.

Lynne Johnson recognized by Honolulu Academy of Arts
Lynne Johnson is one of Honolulu’s most dedicated and capable volunteers.  She has served on the Board of the Honolulu Academy of Arts for nine years and has been Chairman of the Board for four years. In 2010 when the museum had a leadership vacancy, Lynne stepped in and served as the full time interim Director for 15 months.  During that time she shepherded Board and staff members through a merger with The Contemporary Museum, led a national search for a new director and conceived and implemented a new major gifts initiative to address the museum’s operational deficit.  Lynne’s deep commitment to the vitality of Honolulu’s artistic and cultural community makes her a natural leader.

Aurora Fruehling recognized by Hawaii Arts Alliance
Aurora served decades as a Community Volunteer: Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women, YWCA National Board, YWCA WorldCouncil, Pan Pacific Southeast Asia Women’s Association, Institutional Review Board - Queen’s Medical Center, Women’s Campus Club.  Now in her second term as Chair, we have benefitted from Aurora’s consistent support of all arts in education and ability to convince others to donate to our mission. For her generous spirit, she is our favorite VIP.   

Marianne Dymond recognized by Hawaii Theatre Center
A founding member of Hawaii Theatre Center’s Stars volunteer auxiliary, Marianne is currently serving her fourth year on its board – one of those years as its president.  In addition to guiding the Stars, she has chaired two special events and an auction which together raised more than $164,000 to fund Theatre operations.  Marianne is a treasure – talented, gracious, generous, dependable, willing and always cheerful. She is a wonderful friend to Hawaii Theatre Center and we are very blessed to have had her support all these years.

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2010 VIPs

Alexander “Sandy” Gaston
BATTLESHIP MISSOURI MEMORIAL
Alexander “Sandy” Gaston carries the honor of owning the first membership card of the “Friends of the Mighty Mo” and his fundraising efforts this year for the Battleship Missouri Memorial’s information booth have exceeded $9,000 His philanthropic spirit is commendable in support of the organization’s mission to create and maintain a fitting memorial to the people and historic events reflecting our nation’s legacy of duty, honor, strength, resolve and sacrifice. Mahalo “Sandy”!

Kathy Wright
HAWAII THEATRE CENTER
A member of Hawaii Theatre Center’s Stars volunteer auxiliary since 2005, Kathy has served on its board as membership administrator for three years. In this capacity she recruited and coordinated volunteers for all fundraising, member and donor events – more than 100 volunteers for twelve events last year alone. If ever she fell short of volunteers, she filled a position herself or recruited her non-
Stars friends to fill them – and then persuaded them to become Stars! Kathy is a treasure – capable, dependable, willing and always fun to be with.

Marcia Morse

HONOLULU
ACADEMY OF ARTS
Marcia Morse thinks of the Honolulu Academy of Arts as a second home. After graduating from Punahou School, she received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MFA in Printmaking from Stanford University. Marcia is tenured as a Professor of Art at UH Manoa, active as an artist, art critic and freelance curator. Marcia feels that volunteer service is an important way of re-investing in the community in which one lives, and she has served in a volunteer capacity in the Academy’s department of European and American Art since 1992. She has valued the opportunity to match personal expertise with institutional need, and has enjoyed the hands-on experience with works of art on paper that the Academy’s extensive collection has provided.

Dan & Ann Holt
MARYKNOLL
SCHOOL
Since 2004, Dan and Ann Holt have coached at Maryknoll School, and our student athletes have been blessed by their patient, supportive and caring ways. They also have stepped up to help at a number of school events, including the school’s annual luau and benefit dinner, at car washes, open house and Project Graduation. Dan and Ann Holt exemplify the Maryknoll motto, Noblesse Oblige.

Mary Cooke

PUNAHOU
SCHOOL
Punahou School is honored to celebrate Trustee Mary Cooke as its Volunteer in Philanthropy. Mary has shared her graceful intelligence and passion for preserving and sustaining our natural environment with the Punahou Board of Trustees for over 42 years. A lifelong learner and educator, she has inspired Punahou to pursue an innovative sustainable campus model, and is actively involved with numerous community organizations that focus on historic preservation, conservation, the arts, sustainability and historic Manoa Valley. Mary’s legacy of thoughtful, moral and purposeful leadership is a great gift to Punahou and to Hawai‘i.

Mike Browning
SACRED HEARTS ACADEMY
Michael Browning currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Sacred Hearts Academy providing leadership to fulfill the school’s mission in preparing students to be successful global citizens in the 21st century. A community business leader and leading technology expert, Mike has guided the Academy through several key projects including the construction of the recently completed Performing Arts Center, the plan and design of a new Student Center and the implementation of a campus-wide wireless network to accommodate one-one-one computers for approximately 750 students in grades 7-12.


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2009 VIPs

NOELLE BAKER,
recognized by the HAWAII THEATHRE CENTER
Hawaii Theatre Center has been blessed with Noelle’s support since she joined its Stars volunteer auxiliary group in 2006. As president of the group this past year, she oversaw a cadre of seventy volunteers who provided support for fundraising events that raised more than $375,000 for the Theatre. Over the years, she has volunteered to work whenever and wherever help is needed and has used her strategic planning and marketing expertise to benefit our entire organization. Noelle is a rare individual – talented, gracious, generous, dependable, willing and always cheerful. Everyone at Hawaii Theatre Center feels privileged to work with her and to call her friend.

JOE VIERRA, recognized by SACRED HEARTS ACADEMY
Joe Vierra of Belt Collins, Inc. is an exemplary member of the Sacred Hearts Academy Board of Directors, contributing his time, resources and expertise as an engineer/planner to assist the school. Joe’s counsel as Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee effectively guided the planning, design and construction of a new Performing Arts Center and soon-to-be-constructed Student Center. Joe is also involved in similar work with St. John Vianney Church and School in Kailua and the Diocese of Honolulu.

DAVID PRATT
, recognized by ISLAND SCHOOL
Recognized by Island School for his exceptional leadership, dedication and service, David W. Pratt has volunteered for organizations throughout Hawaii continuously since 1972. He gives time, expertise and financial support to Island School and the greater Kauai community. David’s vision of a top-tier independent school for Kauai has inspired exponential growth. Island School is what it is today largely because of his many contributions.

ETHEL AOTANI, recognized by HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS
Ethel Aotani has served as a dedicated volunteer in the textile department at the Honolulu Academy of Arts for 21 years. A driving force in leading the volunteers of the department, she is affectionately referred to as the “Loose Threads.” She assists with many projects including the conservation, restoration, and preparation of textiles that go on view throughout the museum. Ethel is an outstanding volunteer: devoted, dependable and giving generously from her heart.

RODNEY NAGAI
, recognized by HAWAII FOODBANK
Those who know Rodney Nagai often use the term “solid as a rock” when referring to this longstanding Hawaii Foodbank volunteer. An integral part of the organization’s annual food drive, Rodney tackles the job of weighing the donations at the Ala Moana Boulevard collection site. Rodney does not know the meaning of the word “no” and ensures that even the smallest task is completed timely and thoroughly. He is a shining example of giving of self.

BRENDA WONG
, recognized by MARYKNOLL SCHOOL
Colleagues describe Brenda Wong in one word: amazing. The consummate volunteer at her alma mater, Maryknoll School, she serves on the Board and as Chair of the Parent Teacher Guild fundraiser and Project Grad. Brenda also serves on the Board for Hawaii’s Mother’s Milk, and volunteers with Hawaii Foodbank and Big Brother, Big Sisters. A breast cancer survivor, she works as GM of Food & Nutritional Services Kapiolani Medical Center.

FRANKLIN KOMETANI
, recognized by BATTLESHIP MISSOURI MEMORIAL
Dr. Franklin Kometani has been instrumental in the restoration of the Dental Clinic aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial by gathering support of colleagues both locally and nationally to enable visitors and students to see and to hear about crew life. Franklin’s inspiration and commitment continues due to the passion of his patient, Harold Estes, one of the gentlemen instrumental in bringing the “Mighty Mo” to Hawaii.

KITTY SULLIVAN WO
, recognized by PUNAHOU SCHOOL
Punahou School is delighted to celebrate Trustee Kitty Sullivan Wo as its Volunteer in Philanthropy. Kitty's volunteer leadership is characterized by strategic intelligence combined with grace, integrity and a passion for helping, qualities that she brings to the many projects and organizations that she has helped across our Hawaii community. Through her dedicated and eloquent volunteerism, she was tremendously successful in completing Punahou's recent fundraising project for the new Josephine Flanders Dance Pavilion, and she continues to strive for excellence in each of her volunteer endeavor. Kitty truly inspires us all!


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2008 VIPs

Brandt G. Farias, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s VIP is Brandt Farias, Executive Vice President at First Hawaiian Bank. Brandt has been involved with CCH since 1996. He has served as chairman of the board of trustees and is currently chair of the development committee. Brandt has been instrumental in CCH’s organizational restructuring, strategic planning and efforts to build public awareness of CCH’s mission to help people in need. He is also very active on other nonprofit boards. CCH applauds Brandt and is grateful for his friendship and support as a dedicated volunteer.

Norma Hara, Assets School
Despite a busy schedule that includes pursuing a degree in interior design, raising two boys and managing a medical office, Norma Hara still finds time to support her passion for health and education. At Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church, Norma has lent her services to their Health and Bereavement Ministry for the past five years. At Assets School, Norma is in her fourth year as president of the parent group and has greatly increased parent interaction and support. Assets School honors Norma’s selflessness and the difference that she makes in our community!

Christine Koo, Aloha Chapter of the Association of Fundraising
Professionals
Christine is the ultimate techie and volunteer any organization would be thrilled to have lending a hand. In addition to her two full-time jobs at the UH Foundation and as a young mother, Christine is an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer for the Aloha Chapter of AFP. She has been crucial in supporting the chapter's website and providing invaluable technical assistance at the chapter's National Philanthropy Day professional development conference. The Aloha Chapter honors Christine Koo and her can-do attitude.

Charlene Lum, Maryknoll School
Charlene is entering her 37th year of teaching at her alma matter. She is a pillar of the school community because of both her tenure and hard work. After the regular school day, she spends countless hours tutoring students and mentoring her fellow teachers. Mrs. Lum also volunteers on numerous committees including the golf tournament, Kekumano Scholarship Dinner and the social committee. By going above and beyond to help her students, co-workers and community, she truly exemplifies Maryknoll’s motto noblesse oblige – “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Jacqueline Maly, Windward Community College
Windward Community College is pleased to honor Professor Emeritus Jacqueline Maly. Jacquie's volunteerism is unmatched throughout our community. At the college, she volunteers at the Paliku Theatre, runs many Lanihuli Imaginarium shows, leads the retirees group and caters special events to help with outreach to supporters and donors. Jacquie is also generous with her philanthropy. She often identifies needs at the campus and solves them with personal gifts of support. Mahalo, Jacquie!

Mitch Mitchell, Hale Makua
Mitch has volunteered at Hale Makua for almost 20 years. He started as a member of the special events committee and chaired it for more than 6 years. He served on the Hale Makua Foundation Board and served as its chairman. He is now a member of the Board of Trustees and chairs the
development and community relations committee. Mitch is the first to volunteer and has spent countless hours flipping burgers, mopping floors and parking cars for Hale Makua’s benefit. Mitch motivates us all to help those who need our help.

Randy Perreira, Sacred Hearts Academy
Randy is Executive Director of the Hawaii Government Employees Association. He is also an Academy board member, capital campaign chair, and proud parent of three Academy girls. Whether spearheading fundraising efforts or being there for his daughters’ student activities, Randy has a passion for the school’s mission. Randy also finds time to serve on other nonprofit boards including the Lanakila Rehab Foundation and thenAmerican Cancer Society. Randy is a true role model of generosity and enthusiasm.

Philip Roach, Honolulu Academy of the Arts
Philip has been volunteering at the Academy for more than 20 years. He developed the computer program cataloging the Robert Allerton Library's holdings of Japanese woodblock printed books and helped develop a database of every exhibition held at the Academy since 1928. He has donated his collection of over 1,100 modern Japanese woodblock prints to the Academy and has assisted in several exhibitions of these prints. The Academy is proud to honor Philip Roach as an outstanding community volunteer.

Suze Salm, The Contemporary Museum
Suze Salm is the Past President of the Friends of The Contemporary Museum and co-Chair of TCM’s 20th Anniversary “BenchMark” Project. Suze worked to place 20 artist-designed benches throughout Oahu during the month of September in order to increase awareness and support of the Museum and of contemporary art in the community. She has also brought contemporary jewelry and basketry from South Africa to the Museum’s store, where they are sold to benefit the Museum and the artists.

Shelley Thompson, Hawaii Theatre Center
Hawaii Theatre Center has been blessed with Shelley’s support since she joined the board soon after coming to Hawaii in 2005. Like Bank of Hawaii, which recruited Shelley to serve as Executive Vice President and then promoted her to Vice Chairwoman, Hawaii Theatre has recognized her considerable leadership talent and tapped her to chair its board just one year after she joined it. Shelley leads by example and is a great role model, giving generously of her time, financial acumen, personal treasury and good humor.

Thomas Welch, Seabury Hall
Tom joined the Seabury Hall Board of Trustees in 1999 and then became President in 2001 and Secretary in 2003. He’s been a member of many board committees, including development, capital campaign and annual fund, and spent countless hours as volunteer counsel. Partner in the law firm of Mancini Welch & Geiger, Tom works with many community groups, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Hui O Wa‘a Kaulua, Zhenshin Daiko and Mana‘o Radio. Thank you, Tom, for making a difference in the lives of Maui’s families.

Joseph J. Zilber, Castle Medical Center
Through Mr. Zilber’s inspiration and philanthropy, the dream of a renovated birth center became reality. The new Vera Zilber Birth Center will be blessed December 15th. Joe Zilber’s philanthropy stretches across our nation from his Milwaukee, Wisconsin, birthplace to Hawaii. Mr. Zilber is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Zilber Ltd. Please join Castle Medical Center in wishing Mr. Zilber a happy 91st birthday – celebrated yesterday!


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2007 VIPs

Jill MacMillan, ASSETS School
Deeply involved with many nonprofits throughout the community, Jill is a true Volunteer in Philanthropy. Sole proprietor of a real estate brokerage and consulting company, Jill finds the time to volunteer and fundraise for the Junior League, Child & Family Service, Honolulu Academy of Arts, American Heart Association, The Contemporary Museum, and the Honolulu Symphony. That’s just to name a few! ASSETS School is proud to have Jill as a current trustee who also co-chaired ASSETS’ gala fundraiser for many years during a period of dramatic growth for the event.

Indru & Gulab Watumull, Castle Medical Center
The Watumull family name is synonymous with philanthropy. Indru and Gulab Watumull graciously donated personally and through the Jhamandas Watumull Fund and have become part of the Castle Medical Center Ohana. Family waiting areas and the gift shop were named after the Watumull family. Castle Medical Center extends special thanks to Indru and Gulab Watumull for their support and generosity in assisting Castle Medical Center in caring for our Windward community.

Marianita Lopez, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
Catholic Charities Hawai‘i would like to recognize Marianita “Nita” Lopez for her volunteer efforts and dedication. As a former affiliate board chair, past board vice chair, and past program board chair, Nita has been an invaluable leader and supporter of Catholic Charities for many years. Catholic Charities Hawai‘i is privileged to have Nita’s expertise and guiding hand. As a volunteer and as a family attorney and partner with the law firm Saccoccio and Lopez, Nita personifies CCH’s core values of dignity, compassion, social justice, and commitment to excellence.

Aimee Ogata, Child & Family Service
Aimee serves as Chair of the Child & Family Service Guild, a volunteer group of 35 that supports CFS by organizing fundraising and other special activities and events. Under her leadership, the Golf Tournament has raised more than $150,000 per year and the ‘Ohana of the Year luncheon has attracted 400 people to celebrate the accomplishments of families served by CFS. As Guild Chair, Aimee serves on the Board of Child & Family Service. She has gained the respect of Board members for her diligence, sense of humor and dedication to the CFS mission.

Pat Barron, The Contemporary Museum
Pat has been volunteering with The Contemporary Museum since it opened its doors in October 1988. She started by helping in the gift shop and then became a regular volunteer at the Visitor Information Desk. For the past 19 years she has welcomed thousands of visitors with her warm smile, great sense of humor and friendly personality. TCM is proud to count her as a true Volunteer in Philanthropy and one of its real treasures.

John Wesolosky, The Contemporary Museum
Whether The Contemporary Museum’s exhibition crew needs help installing a new show or the Friends of The Contemporary Museum need manpower for the museum’s ConTempo fundraising event, John is always there. Since 1999, he has been an active volunteer in all areas of the museum. No matter what the task may be, The Contemporary Museum knows it can count on John to get the job done and done well.

Allyn Bromley, The Contemporary Museum
Allyn is an accomplished artist and retired University of Hawaii art professor who wears many hats at The Contemporary Museum. She has been a docent tour guide at TCM for nearly twenty years and has shared her creativity and knowledge with thousands of visitors. As a Trustee of the museum, she represents the artist voice in the community, and as part of TCM’s Capital Campaign team she is invaluable as a role model of generosity, enthusiasm and commitment.

Jeffrie Jones, Hawaii Theatre Center
Hawaii Theatre Center has been blessed with Jeffrie’s support since launching its Stars volunteer auxiliary group in 2004. She is currently serving her second term as Stars board president and served as vice president for the two prior years. She has volunteered to work whenever and wherever help is needed on each of HTC’s fundraising events for the past three years. Jeffrie is a rare individual – talented, gracious, generous, dependable, willing and always cheerful. Everyone at Hawaii Theatre Center feels privileged to work with her and to call her friend.

Stella MacGowan, Honolulu Academy of Arts
The Honolulu Academy of Arts salutes Stella MacGowan who has been volunteering at the Honolulu Academy of Arts since she and her husband retired and moved to Honolulu in 1982. She started as a server in the Garden Café and then helped the Academy’s Public Relations Department where her typing and filing skills proved invaluable. Since 1991, she has volunteered at the Academy Art Center at Linekona. She continues to provide invaluable assistance in all aspects of the Art Center’s operations including customer service, registration, record-keeping and cataloguing. Stella is the ultimate volunteer!

Maeona Mendelson, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Maeona has been a docent at the Honolulu Academy of Arts for 28 years. She has served as Docent Council Chair and edited the first docent newsletter. Through her work as co-director of the Millennium Young People’s Congress in 1999, the Academy hosted dignitaries and youth from 110 nations at a gala evening showcasing international youth art and Hawaii’s young dance and music talent. In 2006, Maeona led a cuisine, art and architecture tour of Morocco with Academy docents. The Academy is honored to recognize Maeona as a 2007 VIP.

Jo-Lynne Natori, ‘Iolani School
Jo-Lynne is a volunteer extraordinaire. Devoting time and talent to her children’s school and extracurricular events, Jo-Lynne is a mom on a mission who serves quietly and steadfastly at any task that needs to be accomplished. Tackling challenging and detailed tasks is her specialty. Jo-Lynne’s most rewarding responsibilities are the hundreds of hours she has given to ‘Iolani School and Queen Emma Ballet . . . quieting kids, serving meals, sewing costumes and, of course, cleaning up. Jo-Lynne is everyone’s dream of the best volunteer ever!

W. Douglas Ferreira, Maryknoll School
When Doug Ferreira retired from his career in the hospitality industry, he turned his considerable energy toward his alma mater, Maryknoll School. For the past two years, Doug has served as the lead volunteer for the alumni campaign to build the Maryknoll School Community Center. He is also a member of the Alumni Council and the 80th anniversary committee. Maryknoll School is deeply grateful for Doug, who so generously lives out the school motto, Noblesse Oblige – “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Patsy Federcell, Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Patsy Federcell has been volunteering at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center since it first opened in 1994. In addition to volunteering at numerous other organizations, Patsy has volunteered more than any of the hundreds of MACC volunteers – over 12,000 hours! A retired school teacher, Patsy serves as a theater usher, helps with school field trips, labels seat numbers for rock and roll concerts and so much more! But most of all, Patsy gives her heart and soul, which truly is priceless.

BJ Kobayashi, Nature Conservancy & Punahou School
Punahou School and The Nature Conservancy are proud to celebrate BJ Kobayashi as their Volunteer in Philanthropy. Board member of The Nature Conservancy and actively involved in leading Punahou’s Annual Fund, BJ is a strategic thinker with great passion. He also co-founded The GIFT Foundation of Hawaii to raise awareness of nonprofits that make a difference. Whether helping spearhead the Nature Conservancy’s “next generation” initiative, co-chairing his Punahou 25th Reunion Committee or developing new models for personal philanthropy, BJ inspires all volunteers to reach their fundraising and service goals.

Elmer Yuen, Sacred Hearts Academy
Whether helping to spearhead a major fundraising event for Sacred Hearts or serving on the Board of Directors and the Parent Board, Elmer shares his gift of time and talent with commitment and dedication. Elmer’s magnanimous spirit is also shared with other organizations and associations such as the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans, General Policy Board of the National Council of Senior Citizens and the HGEA Board of Directors Retirees Unit. We thank Elmer, his wife Barbara and daughters – Holly, Michelle and Kelly, all graduates of Sacred Hearts!


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2006
VIPs

Susan Fuller, ASSETS School
Advocate for gifted education and vital member of Hawaii’s educational community for decades, Susan is a true volunteer in philanthropy. She served on the State Advisory Council for the Gifted and Talented, still serves on the board of the Hawaii Gifted Association, and co-founded Reading Is Fundamental, Honolulu, a volunteer book distribution program that now serves 15 schools and 4,700 children. ASSETS School is proud to have had Susan as a trustee for 15 years and as co-chair of ASSETS’ gala fundraiser during a period of dramatic growth for the event.

James Walsh, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
For over 10 years, Jim Walsh, Vice President of Provider Services at HMSA, has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i and its mission to help those most in need. A member of Catholic Charities program board, Jim previously served on the board of directors and as board chair. Through his work with the Notre Dame Club, Jim also coordinates many volunteer projects with Catholic Charities programs. Mahalo nui loa to Jim for his unwavering support and leadership of Catholic Charities Hawai‘i.

Mark Felmet, Hawaii Foodbank
Mark was the volunteer personally chosen by former First Hawaiian Bank Chairman Walter Dods to join the Hawaii Foodbank Board of Directors in 1994. Since 1996, Mark has played an instrumental role in developing the Patriots Celebration – the Foodbank’s premier annual fundraising event that honors people from Hawaii who made a significant national contribution. Past honorees include Ellison Onizuka, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Hawaii’s Olympians and the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division.

Peter Ho, Hawaii Foodbank
Peter joined the Hawaii Foodbank Board of Directors in 2002 perpetuating his family’s tradition of volunteer service at the Foodbank. His mother, Mary Ho, was interim president and charter member of the board in 1982. Peter first joined the Patriots Celebration committee as Table Sales Co-Chair in 2003. In 2005, he assumed the role of Chair for the event overall. Under his leadership with Table Sales Chair Mark Felmet, the event has consistently exceeded its fundraising goals to help feed the hungry in Hawaii.

Mele Pochereva, Hawaii Theatre Center
Hawaii Theatre Center has been blessed with Mele Pochereva’s enduring support since it re-opened in 1996. She has volunteered to work whenever and wherever help is needed on countless fundraising and special events throughout the years. In 2004, Mele helped found Stars, HTC’s auxiliary organization of volunteers. She has served as a member of its board and edited its newsletter ever since. Mele is a rare individual – talented, gracious, dependable, willing, and always cheerful.

Alison Manaut, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Alison Manaut, a well-known abstract painter, began volunteering at the Academy more than 30 years ago. She joined a group of volunteers who created the museum’s weekly floral displays. Alison and the group continue to create their unique floral sculptures at the Academy, and Alison is responsible for the beautiful arrangements in the Academy’s Gift Shop. Alison is also very active with the Garden Club of America, serving as a national judge for flower arranging. The Academy is very proud to honor Alison Manaut as an outstanding volunteer.

Stephen McClaran, Honolulu Academy of Arts
Stephen first volunteered at the Academy in 1991 when he helped evaluate silver items to be sold at auction. As a docent, he realized the important contributions made by Academy founder, Anna Rice Cooke. His interest in Mrs. Cooke was the basis for a lecture about the Academy’s opening day in 1927, which he gave to celebrate the 75th anniversary. He is now helping to mount an exhibition of Mrs. Cooke’s gifts, which will be on view during the 80th anniversary year. The Academy is very proud to honor Stephen as an outstanding volunteer.

Robert Peters, Honolulu Symphony
As principal of Hanahau‘oli School since 1982, Dr. Bob Peters strongly supports an integrated curriculum committed to celebrating the arts. Music and art are part of the children’s experience on campus each day. Bob chairs the Early Childhood Education Task Force for the State of Hawaii and heads the Education Committee of the Honolulu Symphony Board of Directors. The Symphony’s youth music education programs serve 25,000 keiki throughout Oahu with 18 orchestra concerts and 175 free in-school ensemble performances annually.

Susan Spangler, Honolulu Symphony
Susan Spangler, former President of the Honolulu Symphony Associates, has played a leading role in the success of the Symphony's Youth Concerto Competition for nearly eight years. Each year, the Competition attracts nearly 70 talented young people from throughout Hawaii. The final performance in Blaisdell Hall, this season on March 17th, provides a unique opportunity for these young musicians to perform with the Symphony.

John C. Walker, Jr., Kapi‘olani Health Foundation
John C. Walker, Jr. has been an active volunteer for various organizations since the 1960s and is well known for his commitment to the Kapi‘olani Health Foundation, where he has served as Chairman and as a board member since 1999. Few people in Kapi‘olani’s 100-year history have spent more years volunteering their time, effort, and resources for the women and children of Hawaii than John Walker. Kapi‘olani Health Foundation is what it is today thanks to the volunteerism of Mr. Walker.

Mervin & Waynette Cabral, Maryknoll School
Waynette and Mervin Cabral are the consummate volunteers at Maryknoll. Waynette has been team mom and videographer for volleyball and basketball; camp chaperone; and past co-chair for both the luau decorations committee and Project Graduation. Together, the Cabrals have worked on the school’s fundraising and Parent-Teacher Guild events and now co-chair the high school parent committee for the school’s capital campaign. Maryknoll is truly grateful for the Cabrals and the spirit with which they share their abundant time and energy.

Greg & Shirley Yim, Punahou School
Dr. Greg and Shirley Yim are a dynamic duo, committed to their work in pediatric neurology and helping their community. As key volunteers for Punahou’s Middle School Campaign, Greg and Shirley were fearless and so enthusiastic that people couldn’t resist contributing to their cause. They garnered the support of many Junior School parents and inspired new levels of giving. Punahou is fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers!

Koren Dreher, Sacred Hearts Academy
Sacred Hearts Academy salutes its Volunteer of the Year, Koren Dreher, Senior Vice President at First Hawaiian Bank. Koren serves on the Community Building Committee of AUW and on the boards of the Arcadia Retirement Residence, the Hawaii Opera Theatre, and the Hawaii Theatre Center. Sacred Hearts is blessed to have Koren as a member of its Board of Directors since 1989. The Academy values her financial expertise and, more importantly, her dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm for the mission of the school.

Judy Siracusa, Seabury Hall
Judy Siracusa has served Seabury Hall for the past 14 years on the Board of Trustees, including seven years as President, Chair of the Annual Fund, and Co-Chair of the recently completed $14.2 million capital campaign. Her leadership continues in a myriad of board projects including strategic, development and financial planning. Judy also serves on the board of the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and other non-profit organizations on Maui and the mainland. It is with deep respect and appreciation that Seabury Hall recognizes the generosity and vision of Judy Siracusa.

Julia Brown, St. Francis School
Julia Brown began volunteering at St. Francis School in 1999 after retiring from 32 years with the Blood Bank of Hawaii. She has served as President of the St. Francis Alumni Association and continues to work as a valued member, rallying alumni to the support of her beloved alma mater. Julia’s genuine love and appreciation for the school and our alumni make her a treasured member of our volunteer family.

Christopher Matar, United Nations Association, Hawaii Division
United Nations Assoc., Hawaii division salutes it's volunteer of the year Christopher Matar, award winning student filmmaker and Honolulu Waldorf School senior. Christopher, UN Youth Coordinator, organized "Children's Art for Peace Day” at Kahala Mall and again for Children & Youth Day at the State Capitol. He also helped to coordinate the Arts & Humanities Contest and the UN Aloha Peace Forum – all to raise awareness and funds. Christopher is an outstanding example of Hawaii's new young volunteer leaders.


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2005 VIPs

Sacred Hearts Academy
Sacred Hearts Academy recognizes William Bow as its 2002 Volunteer of the Year. Bill’s dedication and commitment to the Academy spans nearly twenty years. He has served as President of the Parent Organization, and for the past ten years, he has headed the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Managers. Bill’s civil engineering background has been of tremendous value for the numerous renovations and upgrade projects undertaken by the Academy. Sacred Hearts Academy applauds and salutes William Bow for his many years or faithful and unselfish service.

Seabury Hall
Zadoc Brown, Jr.
has played a critical role in raising millions of dollars and countless friends for Seabury Hall over the last 20 years. Alumni parent and Trustee, he demonstrates his commitment, working on Seabury’s Capital Campaign, annual giving and planned giving. Seabury Hall honors Zadoc Brown, Jr. for his generous spirit, perseverance and gentlemanly style.

Maryknoll School
Retired Brigadier General and 1957 graduate of Maryknoll, Paul Chinen has been the driving force behind the re-organization of Maryknoll’s Alumni Association. He is a generous donor and spends countless hours leading volunteers and re-connecting alumni to Maryknoll. Maryknoll salutes Paul Chinen for his enthusiasm and empowerment of others in the true spirit of Maryknoll’s motto – Noblesse Oblige…”To whom much is given, much is expected.”

St. Francis School
Dennis Hu
is Vice-President and Regional Manager for First Hawaiian Bank. He presently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the St. Francis School Board of Directors. He also serves on the finance, nominating, and strategic planning committees. He is a valued volunteer who generously shares his resources and time. We are privileged to have him as a member of our school.

Honolulu Symphony
The Honolulu Symphony is honored to recognized Bob and Dee Levy as our Volunteers in Philanthropy. Bob and Dee have been very involved at the Symphony as fundraisers, volunteers, and donors over the past several years. Bob served as Chairman of the Board from 1999-2001 and is currently a member of the Honolulu Symphony Foundation Board. Dee is a member of the Board of Directors and chaired the Symphony Ball in 2000. Bob and Dee are very supportive of many community organizations and have been dedicated volunteers at Queen’s Hospital for over 16 years. The Honolulu Symphony is deeply grateful to Bob and Dee for their commitment to our musicians and to classical music in Hawaii.

Castle Medical Center
Jim Mullis
has been a steadfast asset to Castle Medical Center's board for 16 years. His astute counsel through the Strategic Planning Committee has effectively guided Castle Medical Center through many health care challenges and opportunities. It is with grateful and respectful hearts that we recognize Jim as Castle Medical Center's VIP.

YMCA of Honolulu
Bill Paul
has had a major impact on our community as a volunteer fundraiser. He has raised millions of dollars for dozens of organizations and campaigns, including the Hawaii Visitor Industry Charity Walk, First Baptist Church, Pepperdine University, American Red Cross, Variety School, Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Easter Seals, Mediation Center of the Pacific, the Central YMCA, and the Nuuanu YMCA.

Catholic Charities Hawaii
William Powell
has been a member of the Catholic Charities Hawaii Board of Directors since 1988 and has served as board treasurer and chair. Under Mr. Powell’s leadership, both the Kawaihae Transitional Shelter on the Big Island and the Waianae Weinberg Village opened to provide shelter and program services to the homeless. In 1999, he became the first president of the Catholic Charities Housing Development Corporation created to develop and advocate for affordable housing for people with low incomes.

Honolulu Academy of Arts
Elaine “Dusty” Short
began her career as a volunteer at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1959. She started pouring punch at receptions and after taking the docent training, committed herself to conducting tours. Her most rewarding experiences as a docent include arranging a tour of the Academy and The Contemporary Museum for visiting Rotarians for their National Convention in Hawaii and working with Duane Preble on “Art Park.” She has been an active member of various Hawaii arts and culture organizations throughout her life. The Academy is extremely grateful for Dusty Short’s dedication and enthusiasm.

Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation
The Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation proudly recognizes Calvin M. Tamaye as our Volunteer In Philanthropy. For the past three years Calvin Tamaye and Ace Auto Glass have raised nearly $25,000 to help defray expenses for families who have a child battling cancer.

Hawaii Foodbank
Noel Trainor
is General Manager of Hilton Hawaiian Village and Vice Chair of Hawaii Foodbank’s Board. Noel founded the Hawaii Foodbank Hotel Coalition, is a sponsor of the International Food Service Executive’s Association Golf Tournament supporting the Foodbank and is extraordinarily active in all fundraising of the Hawaii Foodbank including the annual Patriots Celebration. Noel’s outstanding efforts go a long way toward feeding the 118,000 different people using the services of the Foodbank weekly.

Hawaii Community Foundation
Karen
has volunteered at Hawaii Community Foundation for 12 years. Once a week, she helps keep our scholarship department organized. Without a doubt, without Karen, HCF would have to hire someone to do all the work she does as a volunteer. She is an inspiration to us all.

Hawaii Theatre Center
Mark Wong
has been an exemplary board member of the Hawaii Theatre, contributing work, wealth and wisdom. He actively participates in board meetings, is a patron of gala events, donated the computer hardware system for the box office, and is a major donor to the capital campaign. He also plays the Theatre organ at selected events.

Friends of the Children’s Justice Center
At the Friends of the Children's Justice Center (FCJC) we refer to our volunteers as "Angels." Lorna Wood is our "Guardian Angel." She watches over our special projects and puts her magic touch on them. For ten years Lorna has volunteered at the FCJC and during that period of time she has helped more then 6,000 children receive new school supplies, Christmas gifts and Easter baskets.


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2004 VIPs [VIP Presentation]

Sacred Hearts Academy
Ron McNichols
joined the Board of Directors at Sacred Hearts in 1988. His commitment to youth, as well as his professionalism, enthusiasm and positive spirit are all qualities the Academy values.

University of Hawaii, College of Education
Dr. Don Nugent
spent the last eleven years of his Department of Education service as the Assistant Superintendent for Office of Personnel Services, Hawaii State Department of Education. During his twenty-eight years in the Office of Personnel Services he held various positions encompassing a wide range of personnel management and industrial relations functions. Dr. Nugent is currently serving his 2nd, two-year term as President of the College of Education Alumni Association.

The Honolulu Symphony
Sharon McPhee
has been deeply involved as a board member, fundraiser, volunteer and donor. She has been a vocal supporter of the importance of music education in our community, and her commitment to classical music is tremendous.

Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation
Active with HCCF since 1997, Lei Ohama Rol found her calling helping children with cancer. Through her enthusiasm, Lei motivates others to help, such as Build-A-Bear, Sunrise Rotary, Menehune Mac, to name a few.

Iolani School
Iolani School salutes Volunteer of the Year, Jean Tsukamoto. Jean serves the school with a caring heart, a bright mind, a strong work ethic and lots of hard labor. Jean volunteers with compassion and commitment whether it's for fundraising, Iolani's Fair, The Parent's Ohana, Foodbank, or the school's long range planning committee. She leads by example and so it's no wonder that her daughter Sara, followed in her mom's footsteps and was selected as one of today's Young Leaders
in Philanthropy.

Maryknoll School
As a member of the Board, Clyde Matsusaka has devoted countless hours in leadership in addition to coaching basketball to the student athletes. Janet Matsusaka has held key volunteer roles in ensuring successful fundraising and social events as a member of the Parent Teachers Guild. Together this husband and wife duo have generously supported every aspect of Maryknoll’s fundraising efforts.

USS Missouri Memorial Association
Dorothy "Dot" Hamilton
is a “Volunteer Extraordinaire” tireless and dedicated. She is a retired Chief Yeoman, World War II WAVE, who keeps the Mighty Mo's fundraising staff in line.

The Honolulu Academy of Arts
Jean Culbertson
began volunteering at the Academy of Arts in 1969. Her first task was to help a group of volunteers launch the Garden Café. This was a great way to get to know people, and Jean has enjoyed the Academy ever since. She volunteered for a number of years in the Café, and was also a member of the Volunteer Council, a group whose purpose was to oversee the management of the Café, help hostess at events, and fundraise. Jean became a docent in 1976, and is currently recording secretary.

The Honolulu Academy of Arts
Lila Morgan
began her love affair with the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1967 after moving to Oahu from Kauai. She began working with then Director Jim Foster to implement a program to involve more people in the Academy. Together they founded the Academy Volunteers Council. Their two biggest accomplishments were starting the Garden Café (now the Pavilion Café) and putting together an extravaganza called ARTPark -- a two day event in Thomas Square with artists, music and hundreds of people. In 1972 she joined a docent class and for the next 25 years has been an outstanding Academy docent, and is on the Board of Trustees.

The Nature Conservancy
Stanley Hong
has been a member of the The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s Board of Trustees since 1991 and was recently the chair of their Corporate Council for the Environment Committee. Stanley’s guidance and his prominence as a respected leader in the business community were key factors in the success of the Corporate Council's annual campaign. Stanley is honored for his unfaltering service to protecting Hawaii’s precious natural resources.

Castle Medical Center
Henry H. Wong
played an important role in the original land donation for the hospital. Henry and Colene Wong made their own gift of land in 1988, and we are honored to have Colene Wong as our guest today.

Catholic Charities Hawaii
During his 13 year tenure as a board member, Cliff Cisco has always demonstrated a high level of involvement, and a strong passion for its mission, participating on numerous committees and chairing many of them. Board members and staff who have worked closely with Cliff say he is a visionary, goal-oriented, and adept at organizational change. When he’s not volunteering, Cliff is a senior vice president at HMSA.

Hawai`i Theatre

As the founding president of Hawaii Theatre Center’s new HTC Stars, Karen Huffman leads over fifty volunteers who support fundraising and community relations events. In the two short months under Karen's leadership, HTC Stars already raised more than $70,000 and staffed the recent week-long Light Up The Hawaii! celebration. In 2003, Karen was also also responsible for the hugely successful fundraising event, The Caper and serves on the Hawaii Theatre Center board of directors.



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2003 VIPs [VIP Presentation]

Castle Medical Center
Castle Medical Center feels fortunate to be one of the many nonprofit recipients of the caring interest and devotion of Lynne Waihee. For 15 years, Lynne has been a member of the Castle Medical Center Board and lent her perceptiveness and understanding of the state of Hawai’i to the constantly changing challenges facing health care.

Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
Robert ‘Bob’ Tong
has been a volunteer for Catholic Charities Hawai‘i for 11 years. During that time, he has served in many leadership capacities. Bob is a tremendously hard working volunteer but also a volunteer who does his work quietly and effectively. He is humble and defers all recognition to others on his committees.

Hawai’i Theatre Center
A board member for only one year, Kenwei has already made himself indispensable to Hawaii Theatre Center because of his cheerful disposition. He's a silent auction solicitor and gala table salesman par excellence who also contributes wisdom far beyond his years. Kenwei is an outstanding example of Hawaii's new generation of volunteer leaders.

Hawai’i Children’s Cancer Foundation
Ron Lee
of Real Estate, Inc. and President of Hawaii CRB Chapter in 1999, and Crystal Lancaster, education administrator for the Hawaii Association of Realtors, are instrumental in the Hawaii CRB Chapter annual golf tournaments held for the benefit of Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation. They have raised over $25,000 in five years to help families who have a child with cancer.

Crystal Lancaster
puts the tournament together with a very special energy and loving touch derived from seeing her nephew die of leukemia about 14 years ago. Ron Lee was the initiator of the golf tournament and rallies support from many companies whose business is related to real estate.

HINA MAUKA
Through Chuck’s leadership HINA MAUKA has grown 1000% over the past five years, to become the largest and most diverse addiction treatment provider in the state of Hawaii with 18 locations on three islands. Most importantly, due to Chuck's volunteer efforts and commitment to our shared community, over 10,000 adolescents and adults have returned to their rightful place in society during his tenure.

Holy Nativity School
Ruth Alison Bastis
has been a supporter of early elementary education and Holy Nativity School for many years. In 2002, Ruth received an Annual Fund appeal from the Holy Nativity School Board of Directors and she responded - in the form of a $150,000 Charitable Remainder Trust gift. Ruth's gift is noteworthy not only for the amount but also because it marked the first large donation the school had received from someone other than a current or past parent, or someone directly related to the school.

The Honolulu Symphony
Arline
is one of the Symphony’s most dedicated volunteers. She has been an active volunteer for over a decade, even when she was working fulltime as a teacher and school principal. She lends her time, talents, warmth and enthusiasm to the office nearly every day, giving the Symphony a recognizable face and voice.

The Honolulu Academy of Arts
Barbara Higgins
has been a Docent at the Honolulu Academy of Arts for 35 years. Prior to that, she was president of the Academy's Volunteer Council, a forerunner to the Academy Guild and was secretary and vice-president of the Arts Council of Hawaii. Barbara also served as a Docent at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and has been a lecturer at the Hirshhorn Museum and Minnesota Museum.

The Honolulu Academy of Arts
Doris Tilden
began volunteering at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1992. She has volunteered in almost every department at the Academy, including serving as acting librarian and coordinator of Visitor Information Center volunteers. She is currently a part-time telephone receptionist at the Visitor Information Center and continues to volunteer when needed.

Iolani School
Diane Kudo
is an active grade level representative and kindergarten orientation coordinator. She helps run the Family Fair, monitors student lunch breaks, supports the school's fundraising, performing arts and alumni efforts.

La Pietra – Hawaii School for Girls
A class of 1970 alumna, Laurie is an active member of the Board of Trustees, and recently served a two-year term as alumnae president and re-organized the Alumnae Association. She also coordinated the first all-school reunion that drew a record 400 alumnae from around the world. Each year Laurie gives her energy and creativity to HOOPLA, La Pietra’s annual auction, helping to raise money for the scholarship program.

Maryknoll Scool & PACT
Maryknoll School and PACT (Parents & Children Together) salute Eileen Kauhane Lota for her enthusiastic and tireless dedication to raising more than $1 million for the education of Hawaii’s young people. Eileen has generously shared her leadership skills and tremendous knowledge of planning to ensure that these events are not only financially successful, but also create an opportunity to bring friends and supporters closer to the organization.

Punahou School
On the Punahou Board, Duncan has been a leader with great enthusiasm. During the design of the Middle School, his background in development greatly enhanced his role as Chair of the Building & Grounds Committee. He then became Chair of the Principal Gifts committee for the campaign leading with his personal commitment and inspiration toward Punahou’s $40 million progress.

Sacred Hearts Academy
Since retiring from Design Partners, Owen Chock has been very involved in consulting and community service activities too numerous to mention, from Colorado to Hawai’i. Owen joined the Board of Directors at Sacred Hearts Academy in 1998. The Academy values not only his architectural skill but also his professionalism, enthusiasm and devotion.

REHAB Foundation
Marian Lash
is one of REHAB’s most dedicated volunteers. For over a decade, this octogenarian has landscaped the hospital grounds and tended its gardens, nurtured plants for REHAB’s horticultural therapy program, and arranged flowers for patients. Once confined to a wheelchair for 20 years, Marian is one of REHAB’s living treasures.



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2002 VIPs

William Bow - Sacred Hearts Academy
Sacred Hearts Academy recognizes William Bow as its 2002 Volunteer of the Year. Bill's dedication and commitment to the Academy spans nearly twenty years. He has served as President of the Parent Organization, and for the past ten years, he has headed the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Board of Managers. Bill's civil engineering background has been tremendous value for the numerous renovations and upgrade projects undertaken by the Academy. Sacred Hearts Academy applauds and salutes William Bow for his many years of faithful and unselfish service.

Zadoc Brown, Jr. - Seabury Hall
Zadoc Brown, Jr. has played a critical role in raising millions of dollars and countless friends for Seabury Hall over the last 20 years. Alumni parent and Trustee, he demonstrates his commitment, working on Seabury's Capital Campaign, annual giving and planned giving. Seabury Hawall honors Zadoc Brown, Jr. for his generous spirit, perseverance and gentlemanly style.

Paul Chinen - Maryknoll School
Retired Brigadier General and 1957 graduate of Maryknoll, Paul Chinen has been the driving force behind the re-organization of Maryknoll's Alumni Association. He is a generous donor and spends countless hours leading volunteers and re-connecting alumni to Maryknoll. Maryknoll salutes Paul Chinen form his enthusiasm and empowerment of others in the true spirit of Maryknoll's motto - Noblesse Oblige ... "To whom much is given, much is expected."

Dennis Hu - St. Francis School
Dennis Hu is Vice-President and Regional Manager for First Hawaiian Bank. He presently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the St. Francis School Board of Directors. He also serves on the finance, nominating, and strategic planning committees. He is a valued volunteer who generously shares his resources and time. We are privileged to have him as a member of our school.

Bob & Dee Levy - Honolulu Symphony
The Honolulu Symphony is honored to recognized Bob & Dee Levy as our Volunteers in Philanthropy. Bob and Dee have been very involved at the Symphony as fundraisers, volunteers, and donors over the past several years. Bob served as Chairman of the Board from 1999-2001 and is currently a member of the Honolulu Symphony Foundation Board. Dee is a member of the Board of Directors and chaired the Symphony Ball in 2000. Bob & Dee are very supportive of many community organizations and have been dedicated volunteers at Queen's Hospital for over 16 years. The Honolulu Symphony is deeply grateful to Bob & Dee for their commitment to our musicians and to classical music in Hawaii.

Jim Mullis - Castle Medical Center
Jim Mullis has been a steadfast asset to Castle Medical Center's board for 16 years. His astute counsel through the Strategic Planning Committee has effectively guided Castle Medical Center through many health care challenges and opportunities. It is with grateful and respectful hearts that we recognize Jim as Castle Medical Center's VIP.

Bill Paul - YMCA of Honolulu
Bill Paul has had a major impact on our community as a volunteer fundraiser. He has raised millions of dollars for dozens of organizations and campaigns, including the Hawaii Visitor Industry Charity Walk, First Baptist Church, Pepperdine University, American Red Cross, Variety School, Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Easter Seals, Mediation Center of the Pacific, the Central YMCA and the Nuuanu YMCA.

William Powell - Catholic Charities Hawaii
William Powell has been a member of the Catholic Charities Hawaii Board of Directors since 1988 and has served as board treasurer and chair. Under Mr. Powell's leadership, both the Kawaihae Transitional Shelter on the Big Island and the Waimea Weinberg Village opened to provide shelter and program services to the homeless. In 1999, he became the first president of the Catholic Charities Housing Development Corporation created to develop and advocate for affordable housing for people with low income

Elaine 'Dusty' Short - Honolulu Academy of Arts
Elaine "Dusty" Short began her career as a volunteer at the Honolulu Academy of Arts inn 1959. She started pouring punch at receptions and after taking the docent training, committed herself to conducting tours. Her most rewarding experiences as a docent include arranging a tour of the Academy and the Contemporary Museum for visiting Rotarians for their National Convention in Hawaii and working with Duane Preble on "Art Park." She has been an active member of various Hawaii arts and culture organizations throughout her life.

Calvin M. Tamaye - Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation
The Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation proudly recognizes Calvin M. Tamaye as our Volunteer In Philanthropy. For the past three years, Calvin Tamaye and Ace Glass have raised nearly $25,000 to help defray expenses for families who have a child battling cancer.

Noel Trainor - Hawaii Foodbank
Noel Trainor is General Manager of Hilton Hawaiian Village and Vice Chair of Hawaii Foodbank's Board. Noel founded the Hawaii Foodbank Hotel Coalition, is a sponsor of the international Food Service Executive's Association Golf Tournament supporting the Foodbank and is extraordinarily active in all fundraising of the Hawaii Foodbank including the annual Patriots Celebration. Noel's outstanding efforts go a long way toward feeding the 118,000 different people using the service of the Foodbank weekly.

Karen White - Hawaii Community Foundation
Karen has volunteered at Hawaii Community Foundation for 12 years. Once a week, she helps keep our scholarship department organized. Without a doubt, without Karen, HCF would have to hire someone to do all the work she does as a volunteer. She is an inspiration to us all.

Mark Wong - Hawaii Theatre Center
Mark Wong has been an exemplary board member of the Hawaii Theatre, contributing work, wealth and wisdom. He actively participates in board meetings, is a patron of gala events, donated the computer hardware system for the box office, and is a major donor to the capital campaign. He also pays the Theatre organ at selected events.

Lorna Wood - Friends of the Children's Justice Center
At the Friends of the Children's Justice Center (FCJC), we refer to our volunteers as 'Angels.' Lorna Wood is our 'Guardian Angel.' She watches over our special projects and puts her magic touch on them. For ten years Lorna has volunteered at the FCJC and during that period of time, she has helped more than 6,000 children receive new school supplies, Christmas gifts and Easter baskets.



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2001 VIPs

Walter M. Ozawa - Mid Pacific Institute
Mid-Pacific Institute is please to recognize Walter M. Ozawa for his leadership and generosity. Walter is a 1963 graduate and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is the first to volunteer for the many alumni activities and most recently stood in the rain at our annual chicken sale.
Phyllis Guard - Honolulu Academy of Art
For almost 40 years Phyllis Guard has been part of a group providing the beautiful floral arrangements throughout the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The group meets early each morning, either to create an entire new assemblage of beauty or to freshen a previous week's arrangements, often with flowers from Phyllis¹ Nu`uanu garden. We are proud to honor Phyllis Guard for her years of service.

David Fairbanks - Punahou School
David Fairbanks, a Punahou Trustee since 1985, served as Board Chair from 1992-1995. In 1995 the Punahou Alumni Association honored him with their highest award -- "O in Life". He served as Commissioner for the Hawaii State Judicial Selection Commission, Director for Hawaii Lawyers Care, Trustee for Clients Security Trust Fund, President of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Rev. Frank Butterworth - YMCA of Honolulu
Rev. Frank Butterworth has served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Honolulu for nearly 40 years. He first participated in the YMCA annual support campaign in 1959, when the goal was $30,000. This year, under his leadership, the campaign reached $1 million for the first time.

Robert Carpenter - Hawaii Theatre Center
Bobby Carpenter, an avid supporter of the arts, serves the community through the Hawaii Theatre Center and other arts organizations. Bobby's dedication and involvement with the Theatre has helped to raise needed operating and restoration funds. We are grateful to Bobby for all that he does for the Hawaii Theatre.

Don Robbs - Easter Seals Hawaii
Don Robbs is a 27-year volunteer with Easter Seals Hawaii. Currently serving his second term as Easter Seals Board Chairman, Don has hosted 24 telethons and 3 Taste of Honolulu TV specials. Don's passion and dedication to Easter Seals is reflected in the time and leadership he consistently provides.

Lucile Mistysyn - Maryknoll School
A 1937 graduate of Maryknoll, Lucile does everything from hosting fellow alumni across the nation to stuffing envelopes. Maryknoll salutes Lucile Mistysyn (a.k.a. "Mrs. Maryknoll") for her enthusiasm, hard work, and charitable giving. Lucile is a wonderful ambassador of goodwill, doing great things for Maryknoll and encouraging others to do the same.

Charles E. "Chuck" McCrary - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu, Inc.
Chuck McCrary is BBBS of Honolulu¹s "fundraiser extraordinaire"! He personally accounts for nearly a quarter of the $90-100,000 raised at our annual Gourmet Affair. Chuck helps plan the event, hustles great auction items, sells raffle tickets and does much more. He inspires us all to try harder and do more!

Fred Yamashiro - Catholic Charities
As Vice President of Operations for Nansay Hawaii, Inc, Fred Yamashiro and Nansay¹s development team donated their expertise and labor to plan, design, and build the Catholic Charities Kawaihae Transitional Housing Project for homeless families on the Big Island. He chaired the first Kawaihae Golf Tournament that, over the next four years, retired the $80,000 loan for the project.

Rob Hale - Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Oahu
Rob Hale has been a Director with the Friends since its inception. He gives unselfishly of his time and talent, and despite a busy schedule, Rob is available for meetings, consultations and planning. The vision of a Children's Justice Center is a result of Rob's capacity to observe, listen and create.

John A. Hoag - Castle Medical Center
A current member of the Board of Trustees for over 5 years, Jack willingly agreed to Co-Chair Castle Medical Center¹s capital campaign. As former Director of the First Hawaiian Foundation, various responsibilities in AUW campaigns and numerous other board responsibilities, Castle Medical Center feels privileged to acknowledge and honor Jack Hoag¹s talents and dedication.

Mary Mitsuda - The Contemporary Museum
An artist and former Director of the Contemporary Arts Center, Mary has volunteered with artists and committee members to restructure the TCM annual art auction, ContempoRarities since 1999. Thanks to Mary, artists now receive a percentage of the auction price, and the artworks are exhibited for two weeks prior to ConTempo, the museum¹s fundraising gala.

Sharon Twigg-Smith - The Contemporary Museum
Sharon Twigg-Smith, an artist and curator of the Persis Corporation art Collection, has successfully built support for TCM through the annual ContempoRarities auction. By cultivating major artists, dealers, and collectors from across the United States, she netted $280,000 in 2001, and over $170,000 in 2000, for a total of $450,000 raised for the Museum.

Nathan Minn - The Cancer Research Center of Hawaii
Until Nathan Minn power-walked onto the grounds of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, very few people even knew where it was. Nathan created and orchestrated the Mauka Makai signature fundraising event, enlisting help from the community, raised over $50,000 for cancer research and turned what was once Hawaii's "best kept secret" into a household name.

Mrs. Gladys Ainoa Brandt and Mr. William W. Paty - Pacific Health Ministry
Mrs. Gladys Ainoa Brandt and Mr. William W. Paty provided outstanding leadership and philanthropy leading the recently completed very successful first phase of the Pacific Health Ministry capital campaign. Their unabashed enthusiasm is contagious and their untiring efforts are resulting in increased care to sick, injured, and infirm in our community.

Dr. M. Lou Hefley - Waikiki Health Center
Dr. Martha Lou Hefley has given time, talent and treasure generously to so many health organizations in the community, including the Waikiki Health Center. We thank Dr. Hefley today for her 30 years of service as a volunteer physician in 1969, many years as a valued board member, and as an exceptional donor.

Corlis Chang - Sacred Hearts Academy
A partner in the law firm of Goodsill, Anderson Quinn & Stifel, Ms. Chang is a 13 year student and graduate of the Academy, and for the past 12 years, she has served as a member of the Board of Managers. In this position she has unselfishly given of her time to serve on the Board's Development Committee.



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2000 VIPs

Alice & Carl Hennrich - American Heart Association
Laurie Hong Wong - Maryknoll School
Emily H. Fujii - Mid-Pacific Institute
Bank of Hawaii 'Relay for Life' Volunteers - American Cancer Society
Pat Fujita - Iolani School
Naomi Yamashiro - Castle Medical Center
Marcy Katz - The Contemporary Museum
Patrice Liu - St. Francis Healthcare Foundation
Fran Brossy - Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
Edith Takeya - YMCA of Honolulu
Arlene Ah Moo - Catholic Charities
Gaye Glaser - Hawaii Theatre Center
Randy Moore - Punahou School
Jayne Tabata - Friends of the Children's Advocacy Center
Linn Sol Alber - Honolulu Academy of Arts
Dr. Edison H. Miyawaki - Bishop Museum
Jean Ariyoshi - Bishop Museum
Harlin Young - Sacred Hearts Academy