Fundraising Project

Richard Tran: Helping Build an ALS Residence for Hawaii, One Burger at a Time

My niece, Darlene, who is one-half of my so-called “IT Department,” invited a couple of her friends from Seattle to spend a week on Oahu. One of them was Richard who laughed his funny way into our hearts.  He ended up extending his stay into Christmas, to participate in our annual holiday shenanigans, usually orchestrated by the young people in my big Filipino family. In short, my family took to him as he fell in love with Oahu hard.  He…

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August Babies: Katherine and Divina Request Donations for Birthdays

August 24, 2020, Kailua. – The pandemic has dramatically and irrevocably changed the landscape of life on earth. In the non-profit sector, fundraising is made more difficult by the combination of continuing need for public support and the restrictions on in-person contact. Consequently, non-profits switch to socially distant ways of requesting for needed support. We, at ALSFH, are still understanding the challenges of fundraising mainly by social media. Aside from being a non-techie three-member Board,  we also have no paid…

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Donate to ALSFH through Foodland’s “Give Aloha” Campaign

August 23, 2020, Kailua, HI. – According to Wikipedia, an Irish immigrant, Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan and See Goo Lau together founded Foodland Super Markets – the oldest, largest, and only locally-owned supermarket chain in Hawaii. The grocery store chain is in all islands although some have been closed recently due to competition from big-box stores, according to Jenai S. Wall, Sullivan’s daughter and current company President and CEO. Despite these changes, Foodland  continues to hold its annual “Give Aloha”…

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Leni Marie Acosta Knight: A Gift of Art from the Heart

August 15, 2020, Kailua – Where there is kindness among people, there is hope for our human race, especially in these uncertain times. One such kind person is Leni Marie Acosta Knight, a petite, soft-spoken, unassuming lady who was still in her teens when she migrated with her family from the Philippines to join her dad in the United States. When she arrived in Hawaii, she attended school, then moved to Los Angeles, starting a career in commodities and real…

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FACEBOOK FUNDRAISER GAINS $400 FOR ALSFH FOR #GIVINGTUESDAY

May 13, 2020, Kailua, HI.  Participating in the global giving movement, #GivingTuesday, Divina Robillard started a fundraiser on her Facebook profile page with an initial goal of $200. Within two hours, the goal was met. “I was thrilled and awed! My network of close friends know how near and dear ALSFH is to my heart. Truly, the world continues to be generous despite Covid-19,” says a grateful Divina. To stimulate more giving, Divina pushed the goal post to $400, which…

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“Give ALOHA” to ALSFH #78937, by September 30!

September 23, 2019, Kailua, HI.  The annual “Give Aloha” Campaign of Foodland and Western Union Foundation in Hawaii started September 1st to continue the legacy of founder, Maurice “Sully” Sullivan of giving back to the community.  Sully’s Foundation matches individual contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $249.  Foodland gives more than $250,000 annually to non-profits that participate in the program. For the second time in a row, ALSFH signed up to participate in the  program. To donate to ALSFH, one simply…

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Mahalo Nui Loa to Oahu Nursery Growers Association!

September 14, 2019, Honolulu, HI.   The Oahu Nursery Growers Association (ONGA) once again has proven that it not only plants flora and foliage, it also plants goodwill in the community.  The 8-member hui of nursery growers holds an annual plant sale from which it donates a portion of the proceeds.  At this year’s event, on September 7 (Saturday) and 8 (Sunday), 2019, ALSFH was its designated beneficiary.  The weekend sale was held at the Washington Middle School cafeteria on S. King Street.       During the…

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“With Grace” Run/Walk/Roll Energizes!

           The 5th Annual “With Grace” Run/Walk/Roll went off with a bang at 8 am at Kailua Beach with a record 270 registrants making their way through Lanikai Loop. At the starting line, race coordinator, Julie Hess, stood on a cooler to thank the participants and reminded them what they were supporting – the race for a cure for ALS. After the short talk, husband Steve Hess, sounded off the horn to start the race. While…

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Hawaii ALS Community Yard Sale This Saturday!

December 13, 2018, Kailua, HI.  The 11th Annual HI ALS Community Yard Sale celebrates two firsts on Saturday, December 15, 2018.  For the first time, the yard sale will be held in wintertime AND organized by the UH JABSOM Department of Communication and Language Disorders graduate students led by Haleigh Smith and Renee Martin. The Department of Communication and Language Disorders (DCLD) trains students in Speech Pathology, a discipline that helps pALS communicate when their speech muscles are affected by…

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Bowling Fundraiser Deemed a Success

November 20, 2018, Kailua, HI.  The first public fundraiser that ALSFH held at the historic Pali Lanes on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Kailua was described as “successful.”  A grateful and smiling ALSFH President Divina Robillard said,”The rest of the board was reluctant at first because of what looked like a lot of work to be done in so little time. And it was work we had never done before!  But they eventually came around and it got done!”  The…

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