HONOLULU (9/17/13)--The League of Hawaii Credit Unions has pledged $500,000 through Kapi'olani Children's Miracle Network to the Campaign for Hawaii's Children to rebuild and expand Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children. The move reinforces the league's mission to help those most in need.
The pledge marks a new record for Hawaii Credit Unions, a long-term partner of Kapi'olani Medical Center and its Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' Credit Unions for Kids program.
The league and the credit unions of Hawaii have embraced Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and its "Credit Unions for Kids" program as "a major fund-raising initiative," said Dennis Tanimoto, league president. "Best of all, funds raised in Hawaii stay in Hawaii to benefit pediatric programs at Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children--which has performed miracles for the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin for decades."
Both entities are not-for-profit organizations looking to serve local families who otherwise cannot afford quality care. "Our history with Hawaii's credit unions is a long and rich one, and we are proud to be partnered with an organization that year over year has increased its donations to the community. Hawaii's credit unions truly care about our community," said Martha Smith, CEO of Kapi'olani Medical Center.
To date, the 15-year relationship has raised more than $650,000, Smith said.
Tanimoto added that the connection with Kapi'olani Medical Center expands beyond keeping all donations in Hawaii, it is also a matter of personal ties with the hospital.
"My wife and I, as well as our two children and now three grandchildren, were all born at Kapi'olani Medical Center, so we are well aware of its great facilities, technological advancements, wonderful staff, and dedicated volunteers," Tanimoto said.
The campaign has raised $28.4 million toward a $30 million goal to fund the first phase of a multi-year master plan to rebuild Kapi'olani Medical Center.