This past weekend, more than 600 children and their families attended the fourth annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Maui Electric Company (MECO). MECO employees volunteered their time to hold this community event bringing families together as well as bringing the company’s total contributions to the 2012 Maui United Way Giving Campaign to more than $15,000.
“The support that we get from MECO is vital,” said Laksmi M. Abraham, president and chief professional officer of Maui United Way. “There is so much need in our community right now and without the support of companies like MECO we would not be able to do the work we do. We are very fortunate to have a partner like MECO who tremendously cares about our community. Their volunteers are hugely supportive and give a lot of their time to give back to Maui.”
Maui United Way helps fund many other community organizations across the island, focusing on: education (30 percent), health (20 percent) and income (50 percent). Last year, MECO was recognized as “Community Partnership of the Year” by Maui United Way because of their contribution of just under $60,000. The contributions are a combined effort between MECO and their employees who are given an opportunity to request a contribution to be taken out each paycheck.
A more detailed breakdown of what organizations contributions go to and some results of their work can be viewed here in their 2012 Report to Donors.
-Oliver de Silva (@odesilva)
Photo Courtesy of Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez
4th Annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament results:
Age 2-5 winners:
First, Tyce Ringstad, 6 3/4 oz.
Second, Noah Beatty, 6 1/4 oz.
Third, Thaliyah Santiago-Singh, 6 1/8 oz.
Smallest fish, Kendyll Yamada, 1/8 oz.
First, Tatum Hoshino, 12.8 oz.
Second, Ty Miller, 10 oz.
Third, McKenzie Kubo-Li, 8.5 oz.
Smallest fish, Kevin Yokoyama, 1/8 oz.
First, Dustin Kokubun, 1 lb. 12 oz.
Second, Cameron Kawai, 6 5/8 oz.
Third, Noah Kele, 6 oz.
Smallest fish, Kanoa Dickson, 3/8 oz.