On Wednesday, October 2nd, staff and supporters from businesses across Hawaiʻi bundled up to have some cold hard fun at the Ice Palace in Honolulu.
American Savings Bank (ASB) put on their 7th annual Hawaiʻi Curling Club Charity Classic, and this year the recipient of the fundraiser was our mentee organization, We Are Oceania.
“At American Savings Bank, part of our vision is to make a real impact on the community,” said Michelle Bartell, Director of Community Advancement at ASB. “We were really inspired by the work We Are Oceania is doing with Micronesian families… we knew that we wanted to have them be the beneficiary of this year’s curling event.”
For the last four years, Partners in Development Foundation has been mentoring We Are Oceania on their path to non-profit 501(c)(3) status. We are proud to see how quickly they have become such a successful fixture serving thousands of Micronesian families.
“To be a beneficiary of the event this year is almost hard to believe,” said Josie Howard, WAO’s Program Director. “The support we get from American Savings Bank and all the donors out there is going to further the work we do, and we’re going to be able to continue to […] serve the people.”
The curling event included demonstrations and talks from USA Curling Olympian Tyler George and Paralympian Steve Emt, who inspired the participants, staff and volunteers with his story of resilience and perseverance.
We are grateful to partner with such a community-minded organization that is dedicated to giving back. Mahalo nui loa to ASB for all of their incredible hard work in making this year’s curling classic such a success!