During the Annual Business Summit which took place Feb. 9-12, The Elite Hearing Network, one of the largest affiliations of independent hearing care providers in the U.S., held a fundraiser for the Maui National Guard and raised $13,000 with Operation Sandtastic. The event was a sand sculpting competition open only to the 900 attendees and vendor partners at the conference.
“The fact that our network members and our vendors chose to spend some of their free time in fabulous Maui to come together and support our military speaks to how important these Guard members are to all of us,” said Paul Harkness, Vice President, Elite Hearing Network. “It was really a thrill to present the check to Melanie Cook of the Friends & Family organization, and Lt. Matthew Driggers from the National Guard. ”
Nearly 200 network members participated and a total of $13,000 was donated to Family & Friends of Na Koa E Kapili, which relies entirely on community donations to support deployed soldiers, including the Maui National Guard.
Riki Inzano from Art By Riki, a local professional sand sculptor, instructed participants on sand sculpting technique. Finished sculptures were judged by members of the National Guard, Amplifon President Heinz Ruch and Michele Fusco, Amplifon’s senior vice president for medical business operations.
“We are so proud of our members and vendor partners who showed their sincere appreciation for the National Guard,” said Ruch. “It’s all too easy to take for granted the sacrifices these soldiers and their families make on our behalf, and giving back to them any way we can is the least we can do.”