President Charlie King and General Manager Jose Aguayo of King Auto Center in Lihu‘e recently joined their fellow team members in presenting a check for $7,186 in employee pledges to Kauai United Way board President Carol Furtado and Executive Director Scott Giarman.
Contributions to the 2006 Kauai United Way annual campaign represent an increase of more than 400 percent from last year, a King Auto Center spokesperson said in a press release.
King Auto Center leaders also said they are pleased to have met their goal to achieve 100-percent employee participation in the campaign.
“I’m proud that the employees at King Auto Center were willing to step forward to give back to our local community through Kauai United Way, especially after they had just completed a company-wide campaign to donate funds to the victims of Hurricane Katrina,” said Furtado, who also is director of human resources at King Auto Center.
More than $3,000 in employee and company-matched contributions were raised for the Katrina- relief effort.
Aguayo attributes the success of their employee campaign to Melissa Robley, customer-satisfaction facilitator, who coordinated the in-house drive.
“Melissa did an excellent job of organizing the campaign and encouraging the employees to contribute to this important cause, where the money raised stays on Kaua‘i to benefit the 24 social-service agencies that are part of the Kauai United Way family,” Aguayo said.
“The King Auto team remains committed to supporting the needs of our island community, and this is one of the best ways we can say ‘thank you’ to the many people who support our business here on Kaua‘i,” said King.
“Giving through Kauai United Way is an easy way to contribute to our entire community and reach out to help many people throughout the island that we might not otherwise be able to reach,” said King.