Finish the Fight, Local Events, Relay For Life, Your Society

Welcoming Kara Morison, new staff partner – Finish the Fight Friday 1-30-2015

Aloha and Hafa Adai…

I’m very pleased to announce that Kara Morison will join the HiPac Team as the Community Manager, Relay For Life in Hilo.

Kara comes to us with three years of experience in non-profit business, having worked with The Kavli Foundation and the American Red Cross in California.  She has expertise in volunteer engagement and cultivation.  Kara received a bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Business & Nonprofit Organization at California State University.  With her background and family roots in Hilo, Kara is going to be a great addition to our team.

I know you share in my excitement.  Please help me welcome Kara Morison to our HiPac ‘Ohana.     ~ Tanya Brown, Senior Manager, Relay For Life

A message from Kara:

Hello Everyone!  I just wanted to say what an honor it is to be able to join the Relay For Life team and the chance to work for such an amazing organization. I’ve always been passionate about working in the community and I have had several years of background experience in working for nonprofits. Knowing that ACS was hiring in Hilo I had to jump on the opportunity to be a part of something that I know will not only be personally fulfilling but also gives me the chance to help those in the community and help others continue the fight against cancer. I know we can all make a difference, and I can’t wait to get started.

Check out Relay For Life of Hilo

Pacific Business News and Maui Now both featured January stories based on the ACS’ 2015 Cancer Facts and Figures.

Read more here about how American Cancer Society works using our unique volunteer/staff partnerships to accomplish our mission.


Finish the Fight, Local Events

Meet Your Staff Partner Patti Ornellas – Finish the Fight Friday 09/19/2014

Coming to the American Cancer Society was a long journey. I had worked in the tourism industry from 1989 to the present in various capacities, but primarily Front Of House operations and Homeowner Assistance. My mom, Felisa Ragasa, found out she had breast cancer in 1981. By 1984, her cancer had spread through her bones and she passed away in July of that year. My sister Melissa and I decided seven years ago to form a team in honor of my mom, Team Fely’s Angels, at our Relay For Life.  We also honor the family and friends of our team members who have passed on, or who are survivors.  Specifically, my mother-in-law who passed away in February 1990 from a cancerous brain tumor and brother-in-law who passed away two months later in May 1990 from leukemia.

Four years ago I was approached by Millie Curtis of the Kaua’i American Cancer Society office to join her Relay For Life Committee as the Sponsorship and Underwriting Chair which was my first “volunteer” experience.

The past two years, I co-chaired the event and this year, stepped up as the Event Chair. As I became more and more involved and began to see the “bigger” picture of the purpose of the efforts of American Cancer Society, my passion for eliminating cancer grew stronger and I was very proud to say I was a Volunteer. When the opportunity came up to be a part of this organization as a staff partner, I thought what a better way to continue my efforts than to actually become a part of this organization to make a difference.


I feel blessed, honored, motivated and enthusiastic and look forward to my time working with the American Cancer Society.


Here are some of the events Patti is working on with Your American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life of Kauai

Bark For Life of Kauai

Relay For Life of North Shore Hanalei Bay