FHB donates $20K to United Way

LIHUE — Lori Almarza, Kauai United Way office manager, said there is about two weeks remaining in the 2016 campaign.

First Hawaiian Bank helped fuel the drive with a $20,000 donation Thursday.

“Such a substantial corporate donation is a clear demonstration of First Hawaiian Bank’s commitment to being a responsible member of the Kauai community,” said Scott Giarman, KUW executive director. “It makes perfect sense. Healthier, happier, well-adjust people — which is precisely what Kauai United Way strives to create through its umbrella of Participating Agencies — mean both better employees and better customers.”

FHB Vice President Paul Endo presented the check to Lynette Medrano-Stine, KUW campaign development manager and community liaison, and Kauai Fire Chief Robert Westerman, KUW board president and 2016 campaign co-chair.

The corporate contribution is in addition to the contributions by First Hawaiian Bank employees who increased their giving 10 percent from last year, Giarman said. The average contributions from those giving to the Kauai United Way grew 27 percent from last year.

With the First Hawaiian Bank contribution, the 2016 campaign is at 79 percent of its $700,000 goal.

The goal was set in celebration of seven decades of service to the Kauai community, with the deadline at the end of February.

“Unless a savior steps forward before then, the Kauai United Way will not be able to reach its ambitious goal,” Giarman said. “Money raised on Kauai stays on Kauai, and serves to help Kauai United Way’s Partner Agencies that offer a diverse array of dozens of social service programs that save lives daily and helps tens of thousands of Kauai people each year.”

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