Charity golf tourney raises $50K

LIHUE — One hundred eighty golfers converged at the Puakea Golf Course on Saturday for Kauai Community Federal Credit Union’s 16th annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network.

The event ended with a donation of $50,000 to the Wilcox Health Foundation for Pediatric Services on Kauai and toward the expansion of the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children on Oahu.

“This year, Hawaii’s credit unions not only helped our local hospital, but also supported Kapiolani Medical Center with the ‘5 in 5’ campaign which is (used) to raise $500,000 in five years,” said Melvin Chiba, president/CEO of KCFCU. “The 5 in 5 campaign is a way for Kauai’s credit unions to support our children and their families treated at both medical facilities.”

Michael Garcia, chairman of KCFCU’s golf committee who spearheaded the event, said, “Today was such an awesome day. Even amidst the (one and a half) hour thunder storm delay where it seemed there would be no chance of playing, in the end we were truly blessed with a miracle. The support from the golfers, sponsors, donors and volunteers is what made this event possible and a great success.”

He thanked everyone in attendance for their patience, generosity and support.

The Children’s Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across the United State and Canada.

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