Texaco donates $65K to HUGS

LIHUE — A new point-of-sale fundraising promotion established by Island Energy Services/Texaco in Hawaii has raised $65,749.65 from community donations for HUGS, a nonprofit organization serving Hawaii’s seriously ill children and their families.

This includes an initial $25,000 challenge grant from Island Energy, an additional $25,000 from Steve and Marilyn Katzman, and $15,749.65 from individual donations at participating Texaco stations throughout the state.

The POS fundraising promotion for HUGS, which ran from Nov. 12 to Dec. 31, was held at participating Texaco stations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island, and Molokai.

“We were thrilled to partner with HUGS in launching a POS fundraising promotion,” said Albert Chee, Island Energy vice president, retail marketing and ommunity relations. “Participating stations were asked to offer customers at checkout an opportunity to support HUGS, which improves the quality of life of Hawaii’s families with seriously ill children by providing ongoing programs for the entire family. We are so excited that more than $15,000 was raised in customer donations with an additional $25,000 from the Katzmans.”

“We heard about the Texaco promotion on the radio,” said Marilyn and Steve Katzman.

”When we learned more about the HUGS mission, we wanted to support this worthy cause that assists families throughout Hawaii who are faced with the emotional and financial challenges of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness,” they said.

“We like that all monies will stay in the islands to help local families.”

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