An Appeal from our Executive Director...
Aloha Supporters, Friends, Alumni, and Community Members -
First, let me say Mele Kalikimaka and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! Here's
wishing you the best Holiday Season and New Year ever!
As you may know, grant funding is down significantly this year and we can really use your kokua. At the beginning of each year, Leadership Kaua'i launches an annual giving campaign / fund-raiser that helps sustain our organization through the coming new year. Please watch your U.S. Mailbox for a letter that describes our 2012 Adult and Pi'ina Hoku (Youth) programs and community projects. To help you take advantage of the 2011 tax deduction*, we've already sent the mailer so that you can respond before December 31st. We've also included a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope to make it even easier to donate before year-end. If you didn't receive the mailer, please click here or on the donation form below to download it in PDF format. Alternatively, you can donate online by clicking here. If you can't respond by December 31st, a January donation is also appreciated and will be deductible* in 2012! You can even set-up a monthly donation if you'd prefer that versus an annual amount. Any amount is greatly appreciated!
This year, your generous donations will help sustain us through 2012 as we completesix new community projects:
2 Youth Projects: (1) For Da Kids Sports Day Camp which was held on October 15th, 2011, with the support of the adult class, gave youth ages 4 – 13 years old a chance to learn a new sport, get active and have fun; (2) Introducing new policy to the DOE to include Kaua`i Grown products on school campuses through a demo Farmer’s Market Event for Teenagers.
3 Adult Projects: (1) Ho'okanaka Awards - An awards process and ceremony, to be held annually (this year on May 5) to honor and celebrate outstanding adult and youth leaders within the Kaua'i community who best demonstrate the 5 principles of leadership; (2) Celebrating the importance of mailelauli’i, a native and endemic plant to Kaua’i, by creating an informational DVD to distribute statewide and sponsoring an essay contest for our island’s 4th and 5th graders; and (3) An impactful and informational DVD for funders, neighborhoods, schools & employers to utilize as a tool, which will include powerful interviews, statistics and speak to the need for help in Kaua`i for people with addiction to drugs and or alcohol.
An additional intergenerational community service project: Both classes will work together to host "Kupuna Day" at the Regency at Puakea on January 14th, 2012. This will include games & entertainment to uplift the Kupuna’s spirits along with interviews on life experiences that will be compiled into a book titled “Recipe for Life” to be published by April, 2011.
Please watch for updates on these projects in the coming months.
Mahalo for your consideration!
*NOTE: Please be sure to check with your accountant or tax advisor regarding deductibility.
Mahalo Nui Loa to everyone who sponsored, participated, volunteered, or came out to support our annual Golf Tournament, held on Sunday, December 4 at Puakea Golf Course. It was GREAT weather and GREAT fun for all! And Keith Yap was a terrific Emcee! Mahalo, Keith!
Your wonderful donations and participation helped support our organization with some much needed funds!
Again, Mahalo Nui!