The charity golf tournament, held at The Hawaii Prince Golf Club on Thursday, October 23, 2014 marked the 80th wish granting for Make-A-Wish® Hawaii thanks to funds raised from the annual tournament since 2006.
“We are incredibly grateful for the past eight years of support we have received from Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa,” said Make-A-Wish® Hawaii President and CEO Siana Austin Hunt. “This charity golf tournament, organized by the Swing for Wishes Chair Sheryl Siu, has raised $498,000 for Make-A-Wish® Hawaii to date, which has funded 80 wishes of Hawaii children battling life-threatening medical conditions.”
Individual volunteers as well as groups from Victoria's Secret and Kapolei High School joined us on the green to lend a helping hand, and numerous Hawaii businesses showed their support through event sponsorships, donating prizes for a silent auction, and by forming teams of three to tee off for wishes.
Honolulu Wish Kid Lexie, 3, battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, joined supporters on the golf course to share her wish journey. She is anxiously awaiting her dream trip to Walt Disney World®Resort in December, when she will get to "meet the princesses in person!"
Funds raised from this year’s golf tournament will be celebrated on December 3, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Tree Lighting Ceremony. These additional funds will allow more wishes to come to life for eligible keiki like Lexie.
This support comes at a critical time for Make-A-Wish® Hawaii, which is granting a yearly record of 100 wishes to Hawaii children in 2014. This expanded reach comes from recent strides improving community awareness, which has led to an increase in referrals from physicians and parents.
Special thanks to Sheryl Siu and the rest of the Hyatt Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa team for their continued dedication to the Make-A-Wish® mission, as well as the hundreds of individuals who contributed to the success of this year's fundraiser!