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The Salvation Army gala raises $40,000

LIHUE — Business and community leaders recently celebrated The Salvation Army’s 120th anniversary of service on Kauai at a gala event at the Kauai Marriott Resort.

The event raised more than $40,000 for The Salvation Army’s program and services on Kauai.

“We wouldn’t be able to reach the thousands of people in need each year without the support of the Kauai community,” said Lt. Bill Simon, Lihue Corps officer and Kauai County coordinator for The Salvation Army.

“Mahalo to all the attendees, donors and volunteers who helped make our gala event such a success. We’d like to extend a special mahalo to the American Culinary Federation – Kauai Chapter, whose chefs and restaurants provided amazing delicacies for our attendees.”

The event was supported by the ACF – Kauai Chapter, and featured menu items from chefs and restaurants.

Event co-chairs were Sonia Topenio and Joyce Vidinha, and the planning committee was comprised of members of The Salvation Army’s Kauai advisory board, including Katie Beer, Kurt Bosshard, Pam Chock, Trinette Kaui, Sara Miura and Jerry Vigil.

Last year, The Salvation Army’s Lihue and Hanapepe Corps served more than 4,000 people. They also served 17,595 meals to those in need.

They also offer youth and senior programs, emergency disaster services, spiritual services and holiday assistance.

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