Visitor Industry Charity Walk brings in $96,000

Walkers from the visitor industry, schools, community organizations, and governmental agencies took part in the Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on Saturday.

Through their efforts, the walkers raised a total of about $96,000. The funds will be used to help assist a variety of community programs.

Jeanette Riding of the Kauai Coconut Beach was the top fundraiser with $1,334.25 in donations, followed by David Mona of the Hyatt Regency with $648 in sponsored donations and Tina Brun of the Sheraton Kauai with $531 raised.

Riding was awarded the coveted “Golden Slipper” for her efforts.

A variety of sidelights to the annual walk included a keiki paniolo, Search Dog Kauai walkers with specially trained dogs, aid stations manned by employees of CJM Country Stables in Poipu, who took top honors in the aid station competition over Pahio Resorts and Hilo Hattie’s, and Wilcox Medical Center, West Kauai Medical Center, and Aloha Airlines.

The search dog program is one of the beneficiaries of the funds raised at this annual event that was held Saturday

The charity walk began at about 7 a.m., with the starting line set at the the Kukui Grove Center Pavilion.

Application forms are being distributed for non-profit and charitable groups including associations, foundations and schools who could benefit from donations from the Visitor Industry Charity Walk. All funds remain on Kauai, and off-island groups are not eligible. Applications can be obtained by contacting Deborah Baker at 826-2773.

Allocations are considered on the basis of need and impact. And vary widely in scope and size.


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