MEO top nonprofit fundraiser in MHLA Visitor Industry Charity Walk

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May 7, 2024

Maui Economic Opportunity was humbled by the amount of donations received that helped the 59-year-old Community Action Agency raise the most funds by a nonprofit – $164,491 – at the 45th Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk, which started and ended at the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku, on Saturday, May 4.

MEO was in good company with Hale Kau Kau raising $150,953, and Hale Makua Health Services, $110,014. The event collected a total of $1.2 million in donations for nearly 60 Maui nonprofit organizations.

More than 40 MEO staff, family and friends joined the 1,600 participants in the 2.6 mile walk from the War Memorial Complex to the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center via Keōpūolani Park and back.

The Charity Walk supplements donations from participating nonprofit organizations.

“MEO is so appreciative of the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association for staging this annual event that provides critical funding to Maui nonprofit organizations,” said MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe. “This year, the need is even greater with the August 8 wildfires so funds will go to those impacted, but the Charity Walk will do so much more. The nonprofit beneficiaries touch the lives of Mauians from halau to animal groups and from youth sports organizations to the Girl Scouts.”

Maui Economic Opportunity’s Head Start team poses for a photo before embarking on the 2.6 mile Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk course Saturday, May 4.

MEO Transportation Director Patty Copperfield (left) and her daughter, Lizzie, and MEO Chief Administrative Officer Maggie Batangan and her daughter, Ruth, pose for a photo at the Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk.

Debbie Cabebe and Gay Sibonga

Jeff and Debbi Amaral

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