8th Annual Hope Gala Honolulu to Honor Barry Taniguchi

The 8th Annual Hope Gala Honolulu is set to take place on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki Monarch Ballroom.  This year’s theme is Midnight in Monte Carlo. Attendees will enjoy the ambiance of an evening in the Principality of Monaco, located in the South of France, known for its luxurious Casino, Monte Carlo.  The event will feature a French-themed three-course meal, specialty drinks, live music by Tahiti Rey and DJ Kutmaster Spaz, exciting casino party activities, and the opportunity to bid on unique items during the Live and Silent Auctions.  Guests are encouraged to wear their finest French Riviera cocktail attire.

At the Gala, the Beacon of Hope Award will be presented in memoriam to Barry Taniguchi, CEO and Board Chair of KTA Super Stores, as a special recognition of his leadership in the community and support for American Cancer Society and Hope Lodge Hawaii. The Beacon of Hope Award was established in 2015 to recognize an entity or individual in our community who provides significant contributions to end the fight against cancer in Hawaii. These advocates demonstrate outstanding commitment to the mission of American Cancer Society in the areas of patient care, advocacy, access to care and/or health disparities.

Barry Taniguchi, CEO and Board Chair of KTA Super Stores

100% of the proceeds from this gala will benefit the Clarence T.C. Ching Hope Lodge Honolulu operations, which since opening November 2016, has provided over 700 cancer patients with free lodging in Honolulu while receiving life-saving treatment.  The Gala’s Monaco Grand Prix Presenting Sponsor is Hawaiian Electric, with Le Grand Casino sponsorships from The Queen’s Health Systems and City Mill Company, Ltd.

For more information on the event, visit www.hopegalahonolulu.org.  For table sponsorship, or to make a donation, call Elisabeth Case at (808) 432-9137, or via email at Elisabeth.Case@Cancer.org.

Join Our Team in the Fight Against Cancer! We Are Hiring a Coordinator, Community Support Position.

Coordinator, Community Support

Location: Honolulu, Hawai’i

Position: Full-Time

At the American Cancer Society, we’re leading the fight for a world without cancer. Our employees and 1.5 million volunteers are raising the bar every single day. The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our singular mission: to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. We achieve our mission by drawing on our core values of integrity, compassion, courage, determination, and diversity.

It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled.

The Coordinator, Community Support role is responsible for performing activities to ensure region offices are opened and staffed to serve the customer in their respective communities as well as perform activities to support a portfolio of community development and/or distinguished events.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: mail management, general office operations, office volunteer management, donation/income processing, general event support, event materials & product support, data entry and standard reporting.

Office Support:

• Oversee reception and front desk duties, receive incoming calls, provide assistance to callers; greets visitors and provide assistance as needed maintain visitor sign-in log, ensures office is covered for opening and closures, and addresses general event and mission related inquiries from walk ins.

• Oversee office volunteer management and collaborates with the Volunteer Care Team to fulfill volunteer requests.

• Oversees all income processing and cash management in accordance with Finance and internal audit procedures.

• Responsible to create, prepare, proof-read, and review content and format for all events and related materials including but not limited to: invitations, RSVP’s, brochures, posters, letters, programs, certificates, and name tags.

• Provides general event support: maintain schedule of locations, dates and times for events. Assist with event participant registration/ticket purchasing as needed, maintain insurance and contract process (certificates of insurance), act as point of contact for event related inquiries.

• Provides on day event support as approved and within policy. Attend event to support staff and volunteers, help volunteers through registration and check out, help setup and take down the computers, printer, etc. Provide support for onsite donation processing.

For official job description and requirements, click the link below and apply today!

Keeping The Spirit Of Giving All Year Round As A Strategy

By Tina Noket, Community Development Manager, Guam

As the holiday season winds down, and we start to remove the holiday decorations and prepare for the new year, let’s take a moment to reflect on the goodness and cheer the Christmas season brings. We have witnessed hundreds of volunteers give their time, talent and funds to various charities and organizations in the “spirit of season.” Activities included ringing the bells, donating canned goods or cooking the actual holiday meals and singing Christmas carols to those who are not able to travel from their homes or who may not get many visitors in the year.

As we start to think about the new year, and all the goals and resolutions that will be made, let us not forget that the spirit of giving is not limited to the holiday season.

The charities and organizations we have given to this past holiday season will continue to do their work all year round.  In fact, many of these organizations would greatly benefit if they could receive the same level of support steadily throughout the year.

But without the decorations and holiday advertising constantly in our sights, how do we keep the same level of “holiday giving spirit” all year round? Here are a few strategies to help.

Since giving does not go out of style, or season, consider listing giving as a goal for the new year. Notice I used goal versus New Year’s resolution. We want to ensure that this behavior is sustained throughout the year, and not just the first few months, as is the lifespan of most New Year’s resolutions.

Budget for your giving. If your funds are allocated, you are more likely to follow through and less tempted to spend it on something else. It also prioritizes your giving and reinforces your commitment to your goal.

Not all giving needs to be financial. Schedule time to give time and write it down in your schedule or whatever method of planning you use. A few hours of sweat equity helping with projects, answering phones or greeting customers could free up staff to work on other tasks that often get piled up (like paperwork and reports).

Keep in mind that helping is contagious, so invite others to join you, especially if they share the same interests as you. Use it as an opportunity to create memories or traditions, just as we do with the holiday season.

When my son was in elementary school, every July we would go through his room and collect all his used, but still in good condition, toys, clothes and shoes and donate them to the local shelter for children and families. It was important for me to create this tradition so that we can clear out his room for the new school year, but with the added benefit of having him experience giving.

Although I expected some resistance to him giving away his items, explaining why we were giving them away and allowing him to be a part of the process helped to minimize the conflict and by the third year, he was taking the initiative and setting things aside on his own for our annual “clean up.” I remember he said to me, “Mom, I’m going to give this to the children.” Memories like these are priceless.

Helping others, achieving your goal and creating memories: three outcomes that can be accomplished by engaging in year-round giving. And three outcomes that shouldn’t be limited to the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (and for our Catholic faithful, through the Feast of the Three Kings).

— Tina. Noket is the Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society in Guam. She can be reached at tina.noket@cancer.org.

Article originally published by Marianas Business Journal on January 6, 2020. You can find the original post here.

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