Hokuala Golf Club chips in

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Darrellyn Lemke, the Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation chair, accepts a $500 check from Hokuala Golf Club, represented by Fran Roach, general manager of Hokuala Ocean Course, Kellie Hines, golf professional at Hokuala, and Eric Cucchi, general manager of Timbers Kauai, Wednesday at the Hokuala Golf Pro Shop. The funds were generated from a women’s golf clinic hosted by Hines and matched by Hokuala Golf Club.

LIHUE — The Hokuala Ocean Course is a beautiful place for a round of golf.

It’s also a great friend to those in need on Kauai.

On Wednesday, Darrellyn Lemke, the Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation chair, accepted a $500 check from Hokuala Golf Club, represented by Fran Roach, general manager of Hokuala Ocean Course, Kellie Hines, golf professional at Hokuala, and Eric Cucchi, general manager of Timbers Kauai, at the Hokuala Golf Pro Shop.

The funds were generated from a women’s golf clinic hosted by Hines and matched by Hokuala Golf Club.

That’s a nice gift for the Garden Island/Zonta Christmas Fund, which is supported by the community.

It helps people like Kezia, a high school freshman on Kauai. She is involved in several sports, including paddling and volleyball. She loves after-school activities to keep her busy with positive things and being a part of a team.

Having a bicycle would allow Kezia to get to her activities on time and not have to rely on the family’s one car. Kezia’s family would be grateful if she could have a new bike for Christmas.

Here’s how the fund works:

Families apply for assistance through social service agencies, which in turn connect with the Zonta Club of Kauai.

It uses donations to buy gift certificates for hundreds of families in need. The certificates can be used for gifts and groceries.

The Garden Island shares daily stories about those who could use assistance this holiday season. While the names are not real, the situations described are. Hundreds of keiki and kupuna benefit from the fund.

Each donated dollar is accounted for and carefully recorded. There are no administrators collecting salaries. The fund is run by volunteers.

New this year, the Hale Uluwehi Kauai Fund matched dollar-for-dollar donations of $100 or greater up to $10,000.

Only monetary donations are accepted. Checks, payable to Zonta Club of Kauai Foundation, can be mailed to P.O. Box 3032, Lihue, HI 96766. For more information, call 822-4517.

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