Local Industry News & Notes for Sunday, October 19, 2008

• Hanalei Zonta cancels costume fundraiser

• KCC to bring CPA students, professionals together

• Westin Princeville partners with Kaua‘i Food Bank

Hanalei Zonta cancels costume fundraiser

The Zonta Club of Hanalei has canceled its second annual charity auction and costume party scheduled for Oct. 25, citing a lackluster economy.

“Due to the economic uncertainty we’re all facing today, the fundraising committee and the board of directors decided that canceling the event was the most prudent decision at this time,” Robin Savage-Thompson, president of the Zonta Club of Hanalei, said.

The event debuted in 2007 and raised more than $20,000 in net proceeds benefiting the YWCA Girlz Zone program and scholarships for young women.

All items that were donated, as well as funds received for tickets and program advertising, will be returned.

Zonta International is a global organization of nearly 33,000 members working together to advance the status of women. There are more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas. For more information about the Hanalei Club, contact Membership Chair Lisa Maas at 651-3409.

KCC to bring CPA students, professionals together

The Hawai‘i Society of CPAs will host its fifth annual business student night from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Kaua‘i Community College’s One Stop Center.

Hawai‘i Pacific University Dean Warren Wee; University of Hawai‘i, West O‘ahu, Dean June Ano; UH, Hilo, Dean Marcia Sakai; UH, Manoa, Dean Jenny Teruya; and David Grooms from Maui Community College will talk about their respective four-year business technology degree programs.

College and high school students as well as those interested in returning to school in business and accounting are invited.

The event will feature information about educational opportunities and financial aid programs offered by the schools. There will also be time for students and business professionals to “talk story.”

For more information, call Rhonda Liu at 245-8261.

Westin Princeville partners with Kaua‘i Food Bank

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas will donate $5,000 to the Kaua‘i Food Bank at its official opening celebration on Thursday.

The Hawaiian cultural celebration will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the resort, 3838 Wyllie Road. O‘ahu slack key guitarist Makana will perform and a traditional Hawaiian blessing by Lady Ipo will take place.

Since opening in April, The Westin Princeville has donated around 100 pounds of unopened, non-perishable food to the Kaua‘i Food Bank each week. This food is leftover from guests, the resort’s in-house restaurant and catered functions. The resort is embarking on an extensive internal drive to further increase the level of food donations.

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