More than 200 members of the community came out to Waffles for Wishes, one of two new signature networking events spearheaded by the board. This year's brunch, emceed by KHON2's Taizo Braden and Kelly Simek, was held in partnership with Ward Village, as a special June edition of their monthly Courtyard Brunches.
Guests enjoyed unlimited food from tasty plates cooked up by Morimoto's, MW Restaurant, The Pig and the Lady, Koko Head Cafe, Liliha Bakery, Whole Foods Market Kahala, and Bread + Butter. Tickets also included unlimited refreshments, with refreshing cocktails by Perfect Pour Maui, Organic Ocean Vodka, and Market Advantage. Market Advantage also paired up with Starbucks for an Irish Coffee Station, and Kope Coffee Co. set up shop with an Espresso Barista Bar.
A portion of ticket proceeds went directly back to supporting Hawaii wishes. At the event's close, about $25,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
Make-A-Wish Hawaii's Young Leaders Board talked to guests about their new giving society, Heroes for Hope, which officially launched at the brunch. Staff and volunteers were on hand with pledge forms and blue superhero capes to welcome new recruits to this innovative giving society.
Becoming a Hero for Hope is an opportunity for young professionals in the corporate world to gain experience in the nonprofit sector. It's a fellowship for emerging leaders of various industries who will work under the Young Leaders to further their professional development, broaden their networks, and support the Make-A-Wish mission of bringing hope, strength and joy to children battling life-threatening illnesses.
The board is still recruiting interested professionals! To become a Hero for Hope, click here.