If you’ve seen Matt Bailey, Managing Director of Grand Wailea, lately, then you probably noticed his new do. He’s walking around with a shaved head, the result of losing a recent wager with the Grand’s staff. Earlier this year he challenged his team to raise more than $32,000 at the Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk. If successful, he promised to shave his head.
The Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk just completed its 33rd charity drive, and raised $475,101 for Maui County non profit and community programs. The Grand Wailea team amassed a total of $50,000 through many creative and thoughtful fund-raising methods: dunking booths; karate lessons; the selling of spam musubi, cupcakes and ice cream; spa treatments; activities and pledges. This is the most the Grand Wailea has raised ever and the biggest amount for a single organization in the history of the Visitor Industry Charity Walk. “I think everyone gains weight during this fund-raising time because there is so much good food and it’s all for a great cause,” says Christina Yumul, head of public relations for the Grand. Their team also won first place for best food booth, and best T-shirt design categories.
“There was no question in my mind that if we hit the goal I’d do it,” says Bailey. “I wanted to do something lasting and dramatic, but I’d already done a dunking booth, and a tattoo of the VICW logo was out of the question. I was amazed by the effort and thrilled with the results.”
In a very public display in the lobby of the Grand Wailea, Bailey donned a black salon cape and went under the buzzer with his staff watching. “In almost 30 years in this business, the majority of them in Hawaii, I don’t know that I have ever been prouder of a team for their community efforts,” he says.