A statewide charity walk connects the ESH ohana

The statewide 2013 Visitor Industry Charity Walk was exciting, fun and filling! The charity walk attracted more than 14,000 walkers in Hawaii! The Visitors Industry Charity Walk on all islands raised a total of $1.67 million for Hawaii’s nonprofits. This year, Maui raised the most money out of all the islands for the third year in a row. ESH President and CEO Christopher E. Blanchard was ecstatic that ESH on all islands were able to participate. He said, “It is a demonstration of the commitment of our ESH staff to our Easter Seals Hawaii ohana.” For ESH, it was their first time to participate as an organization. Blanchard said, “We were out there as a family. The charity walk connected our Easter Seals Hawaii ohana across the islands. Although each island did it independently, they all had the same goal: to benefit and support the state’s nonprofits.”

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This is just a small group of our ESH Oahu walkers! Mahalo to all of our staff, families and friends for coming out to support!

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On Oahu, about 60 ESH staff, family members and friends braved the humid air and rising sun not only to represent ESH, but to thank hotel staff walkers for participating and supporting local organizations. The walk was abundant in local cuisine and tasty snacks that left most walkers stuffed after the final sixth mile. ESH received recognition by radio hosts for their enthusiasm and participation. 6,800 walkers participated in the Oahu walk and raised $452,000 for Hawaii nonprofits. As part of Development’s 2013 plan to raise more funds, Iwalani Dayton, Vice President of Development, initiated the participation of Easter Seals Hawaii on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island to be involved with the largest charity walk statewide.

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ESH Maui proudly represented the red seal of Aloha!

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In Maui, the overcast sky did not discourage ESH staff and participants from walking! They had a good time talking story and taking photos during the 3.1 mile walk. According to Maui Now, the Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk raised a total of $701,716 for dozens of local organizations. Our ESH Maui staff was among the 2,327 walkers. Thanks for the photos Panui!

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Kauai

The Kauai Visitors Industry Charity Walk featured entertainment and a Zumba warm up! ESH Kauai proudly represented the organization with 11 walkers and 11 volunteers at the ESH booth with a DJ, a refreshing misting station and a colorful doggie water station! ESH kept the 2.9 mile walk interesting and motivating with the DJ’s energetic music and cheerleaders. The Kauai walk had a total of 2,133 walkers and raised $200,992 for Hawaii nonprofits. The charity walk is nothing new for ESH Kauai, they have been participating for 30 years.

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ESH President & CEO Christopher E. Blanchard poses with his brother-in-law Craig Hawkins in Kona. 

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ESH President and CEO Christopher Blanchard, his brother-in-law and an ESH participant joined nearly 3,000 walkers at the Hawaii Island Visitor Industry Charity Walk in Kona! The walk was four miles long and raised more than $228,119 for Hawaii nonprofits.

According to officials, the Visitor Industry Charity Walk is one of the biggest fundraisers in the state. It started in 1978 and has since raised a total of $26.3 million for Hawaii charities. Easter Seals Hawaii thanks all hotel staff and those involved in coordinating such a successful charity walk, it made us feel great to be part of such a giving and caring community.

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