We just can’t wait for the 9th Annual Maile’s Dream family fun day next Saturday, April 13th! This event features fun games, activities, crafts, entertainment and a silent auction to benefit the Early Intervention Program for Easter Seals Hawaii. The event teaches children and even adults not to judge a person based on their physical appearance and accept one another with aloha. It will be held at Washington Middle School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Maile posing with the Easter Seals Hawaii team last year.
The event was started nine years ago by Maile Ogata, now 13-years-old, who was born with Apert’s syndrome, a genetic disorder that can lead to facial and limb anomalies. It was “Maile’s Dream” to raise awareness and teach others to accept those who may appear different while giving back to program that has helped her at Easter Seals Hawaii. Cindy Ogata, Maile’s mother, said, “Easter Seals Early Intervention Program was there to support us with physical, occupational, speech therapy and a gifted teacher to help with cognitive delays…our objective of the event is to raise awareness and encourage acceptance.”
Program coordinator, Dawn Williams, has a strong connection with this event as it gives back to her program and organization. “It is a nice event because you can see the reciprocity between our organization and the community. Maile’s Dream started with a child and her family that received services from our Early Intervention Program at Easter Seals Hawaii and it is geared towards a good cause. We provided services and they give us something in return, it’s a great feeling,” said Williams.
Help Maile’s dream come true and also support Easter Seals Hawaii!
9th Annual Maile’s Dream
Saturday, April 13th
Washington Middle School
1633 South King Street
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.