Charity Walk Bowling Raises $ 8,000
At first, there was just Da Big Dog at the Kaua’i Visitor Industry Charity Walk bowling fundraiser at the Kaua’i Bowl in the Rice Shopping Center on Saturday night.
Then slowly the pack arrived and were complemented by Cruella de Vil and Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” dog catcher net.
Led by Da Big Dog Paul Toner, the Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort associate crew brought the party to life with their “woof woofs” and the antics of a lady bowling in a dress.
The traditionally sold-out 28 lane bowling event is one of the fundraising tools of the annual Kaua’i Visitor Industry Charity Walk which benefits more than 60 nonprofits. from Kaua’i.
“We still have room,” said DJ Marvin De Vera, a longtime sound and light supplier for the bowling tournament. “There are still a few avenues open.
The shortfall was created taking into account the current COVID-19 guidelines which created a mandatory submission of an individual’s vaccine proof or negative COVID-19 test result.
“Normally we let go of the kids,” said Jim Brahman, director of The Cliffs in Princeville. “But a lot of young people aren’t eligible for the vaccine, so they’re not here. We normally have a few lanes, reserving some for young people. But the children are not there, so we had to reduce the number of our registrations. “
Other groups that normally attend the annual evening of entertainment, food and fundraising have chosen not to attend due to mandatory vaccination cards or test results.
Despite the lack of participation, Samira Siale, executive director of the Kaua’i section of the Hawai’i Lodging & Tourism Association, predicted that approximately $ 8,000 would be raised, with an expected $ 2,000 added from the silent auction to Kaua’i’s overall goal of $ 200,000.
“We invite everyone to participate in the virtual Charity Walk 21,” said Siale. “This is a virtual event that you can access by downloading MobileCause on your mobile device. People can walk with MobileCause by keeping track of steps and being logged in during the walking window between August 30 and September 12.
“Individuals and business groups can also pledge to support an individual walker or any of the participating groups, including the many nonprofits that benefit from the walk. Follow the link https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/Kauai to get started, ”she said.
While negotiating through the obstacles of COVID-19, Siale said there will be a golf tournament on August 28 at the Po’ipu Bay Golf Course to help the walk reach its 2021 goal.
The almost annual march was closed in 2020 due to the pandemic and provides financial support to more than 60 Kaua’i nonprofits. Money raised on Kaua’i stays with Kaua’i.
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