Chamber of Commerce holds annual meeting

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    Judge Edmund Acoba officiates the installation of the 2019 Kauai Chamber of Commerce directors, including Joyce Vidinha, Wade Lord, Beth Tokioka, Marynel Valenzuela, Laurie Yoshida, Denise Roberts, Sharon Lasker, Michelle Emura, Tyler Rodighiero, Ann Hashisaka, Dale Keep, Bob Gunter, Jen Chahanovich, and Fred Cowell, Thursday during the Kauai Chamber of Commerce Annual General Membership Meeting at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

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    Jen Chahanovich, president and CEO of Wilcox Health, third from left, is joined by other dignitaries in accepting a $150,000 pledge from Tess Shimabukuro, president and CEO of Gather Federal Credit Union, third from right, Thursday night during the Kauai Chamber of Commerce Annual General Membership Meeting at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

NAWILIWILI — Gather Federal Credit Union pledged $150,000 toward the completion of the trauma center at Wilcox Health on Thursday, during the Kauai Chamber of Commerce Annual General Membership Meeting held at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

The completion of the trauma center is one of the highlights for Wilcox Health, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, said Jen Chahanovich, the president and chief executive officer for Wilcox Health. Chahanovich also noted the 46-year history of service by its emergency room physician Dr. Monty Downs, who was in attendance at the year-end celebration.

The pledge by Gather Federal Credit Union includes the sponsorship of three rooms in the trauma center. Andy Bestwick of Wilcox Health said there are other sponsorship packages available for the trauma center.

The annual meeting sponsored by Hawaii Pacific Health, Wilcox Medical Center, attracted a large crowd of more than 400 people who enjoyed the evening browsing through the large silent auction section, getting holiday photos done, and a buffet dinner followed by the installation of the 2019 Kauai Chamber of Commerce directors by Judge Edmund Acoba.

Tyler Rodighiero takes the reins as the board chair, and is joined by Michelle Emura, the chair elect, Beth Tokioka, vice chair, Wade Lord, treasurer. Other board members include Fred Cowell, Chahanovich, Bob Gunter, Ann Hashisaka, Dale Keep, Sharon Lasker, Denise Roberts, Reikoo Matsuyama, J Robertson, Marynel Valenzuela, Joyce Vidinha, and Laurie Yoshida.

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