MEO Gala included in Chronicle of Philanthropy report

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August 19, 2021

The saga of the Delta variant’s impact on Maui Economic Opportunity’s fundraising Gala was told by editor Eden Stiffman in the Aug. 18 edition of the online publication Chronicle of Philanthropy.

The mention in the Fundraising Update column, which offers a weekly report of fundraising news, ideas and trends, focused on how the Delta variant of COVID-19 has impacted fundraising activities, including MEO’s “. . . Do What’s Right” Gala fundraiser.

The fundraiser, which originally was scheduled for March 2020, was set for Saturday, Aug. 28, as an in-person gathering at the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. However, due to large increases in COVID-19 cases, MEO decided last week to turn the event into a livestreamed Gala with drive-thru meal distribution at the golf club.

The report by the publication’s fundraising editor noted that the decision was supported by MEO board members and some of those who paid to attend the Gala. The report can be found at //

The Chronicle of Philanthropy provides nonprofit professionals, foundation executives, board members, and others with information and practical advice, its web page says. News and opinion pages fuel the national conversation about the role nonprofits play in society. Founded in 1988, the Chronicle is published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc.

Planning for the Gala that honors Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino continues. Nevah Too Late taped its concert on Wednesday, Aug. 18, which will be shown during the livestreamed Gala. To view the Gala, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, go to the MEO web page ( or Facebook page or the Zoom link (ID 82862953258, Passcode 252574).

The drive-thru distribution for those holding tickets will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the King Kamehameha Golf Club. Only ticket holders will be accommodated; there will be no drive-ups.

An online auction goes live at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, and ends at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Items include hotel stays, rounds of golf, ocean and nature activities and dinners at top restaurants. The auction can be found at **.

For more information about the Gala, contact Executive Assistant Lee Imada at (808) 243-4306 or by email at [email protected].

Nevah Too Late at MEO

Nevah Too Late tapes its concert on Wednesday, Aug. 18, to be shown at the Maui Economic Opportunity Gala livestreamed event, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, on Zoom and MEO’s web and Facebook pages. The band members are (from left) Derek Bal, Randy Leval and Mickey Felipe. Maui Economic Opportunity photo

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