Table 53 keeps on giving

PUHI — Nicole Okuna and June Cappiello of the Sheraton Kauai Resort brought a special present from Table 53 to the monthly Zonta Club of Kauai meeting Thursday at the Regency at Puakea.

The pair presented Carla Kaser, president of the Zonta Club, with a check for $3,348.94 representing proceeds from Table 53 for August under the Sheraton Kauai’s “You Dine, We Donate” program.

“We were honored and thrilled to learn that Zonta Club of Kauai was selected as a beneficiary for this benevolent program,” said Edie Ignacio-Neumiller. “Several of our members took advantage and made reservations to dine at Table 53 after hearing of the program.”

Cappiello said the Sheraton Kauai Resortwill donate net proceeds for food and beverage ordered at Table 53.

“Today is woman power,” Cappiello said. “The Zonta Club is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.”

The Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, founded in 2004, and has awarded more than $110,000 in scholarships to young women.

Table 53 proceeds for September were designated for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Hawaii. October proceeds were set aside for the Kauai Police Activities League.

The Sheraton Kauai Resort will designate Table 53 funds through November to the Wilcox Health Foundation.

Money will go toward the purchase of a state-of-the-art 3D Mammography Unit for the G.N.Wilcox Memorial Hospital. The unit, which sports a pricetag of $550,000, takes advantage of advanced technology to detect breast cancer earlier, sees lesions more clearly, and reduces the number of unnecessary biopsies.

The Table 53 program has raised more than $115,000 since starting in 2012.

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