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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES HAWAII HOLDS FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL GOLF FUNDRAISER AT BAYVIEW GOLF COURSE

MEDIA RELEASE: Friday, June 19, 2020

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Honolulu, HI—Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii (RMHC Hawaii) will hold its first-ever virtual golf tournament fundraiser throughout July at the Bayview Golf Course driving range using its new TOPTRACER technology. A one hundred percent deductible donation of $100 per person enters players in the tournament to golf on any day, any time (between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) during the month of July. Registration is online at www.ronaldhousehawaii.org.

The golf tournament replaces RMHC Hawaii's 29th Annual Golf Classic, in which nearly 200 golfers participate each year. In response to the COVID–19 pandemic, RMHC Hawaii had temporarily suspended programs and cancelled fundraising events in order to keep its participants, families, volunteers, and staff safe.

“This first-ever virtual golf tournament will comply with social distancing etiquette and help with fundraising—so crucial to our House and mission of providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families,” said Jerri Chong, President of RMHC Hawaii. “Each golf registration helps support our RMHC Hawaii families.”

Players will compete for prizes and with each other while swinging for charity. Golfers are encouraged to join RMHC Hawaii 's golf group on its Facebook page, where they can follow the tournament and get golf tips and more. The first 25 people to register receive an RMHC gift packet.

“We are happy to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii,” said Eric Onodera, general manager, Bayview Golf Course. “Bayview Golf Course is the first to bring the new TOPTRACER technology to Hawaii, engaging keiki and families, as well seasoned golfers, in an exciting game at the golf range which takes less time than on the course.”

The golf tournament is the first of two virtual RMHC Hawaii fundraising golf events to be held in 2020; the second one will be on golf courses of choice (72 par), where players will compete with one another, photographing scorecards and being paired with a surprise player and scratch card to complete their team.

Who: Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, a home–away–from–home and respite for families in need of urgent medical care for a child, and Bayview Golf Course.

What: The first-ever Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii virtual golf tournament

When: Any day, any time from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., during the month of July 2020

Where: Bayview Golf Course driving range in Kaneohe (45–285 Kaneohe Bay Drive)

Register for the Golf Tournament: online at www.ronaldhousehawaii.org

For more information: email golf@rmhchawaii.org or call Tina Scotty at 808–892–1906.

Players are encouraged to join the Golf Group on FB@RonaldHouseHawaii RMHC 2020 Golf Facebook Group

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non–profit organization providing a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families. For 33 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 13,000 families have spent more than 130,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, and almost 155,000 people have been supported by or received help from our RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.

About TOPTRACER at BayView Golf Course TOPTRACER is transforming the driving range by providing the latest tech–driven golfing experience, which appeals to seasoned players as well as novice golfers. TOPTRACER features ball tracking modes similar to what the pros use and games suited for all ages and skill levels. Players hit balls from the Bayview Golf Course 's first or second floor bays, where they can make swing adjustments and immediately see the impact on their golf shots on TOPTRACER. Friendly competitions can be tracked via TOPTRACER'S leader board. This fun and engaging golf experience is “FORE” all!

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Local artworks from McDonald’s to be auctioned at charity gala

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By Star-Advertiser Staff
Nov. 10, 2019

Your local McDonald's — home to burgers and fries, shakes and pies — also may have played host to a genuine work of art.

We're talking an original painting by Martin Charlot, or a photograph by Kim Taylor Reece.

Several distinctive Charlot works that hung in McDonald's restaurants now have an estimated market value of $1,000 and up. Their value was assessed recently because they will be among 10 original works to be auctioned off Nov. 23 at Sparkle and Shine, a fundraising gala to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii.

Herb Kane's “The Story of Laka” is among several works of art up for auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
Herb Kane's “The Story of Laka”

The most valuable of the batch is Herb Kawainui Kane's “The Story of Laka,” worth $35,000 to $40,000. The piece was commissioned for the McDonald’s local corporate office, where it was displayed for many years. Eventually it was put on public display at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, but has been in storage since the center was renovated in the mid–2000s (it reopened as the Royal Hawaiian Center).

The charity said in a statement that the other art pieces were commissioned in the late 1980s to be displayed in several McDonald's restaurants as commemorations of Hawaiian history and culture. They were removed and put into storage as the restaurants were renovated. An international art appraiser, Wayne Morioka, appraised the paintings in preparation for the auction.

Martin Charlot's 1989 “Turtle – Rope Loop snaring. Eels baited stick.”
Martin Charlot's 1989 “Turtle – Rope
Loop snaring. Eels baited stick.”

The “Laka” piece is undergoing restoration by Larry Pace of Pace Art Conservation, who authenticated the painting and is restoring it to its original state, including its original koa frame.

Kane, who died in 2011, was a co–founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and designer of the Hokule‘a voyaging canoe. He was an artist and historian known for paintings and murals that celebrated many aspects of Hawaiian culture, from legends and folklore to ships and oceangoing canoes.

Charlot, son of the renowned muralist Jean Charlot, grew up in Hawaii. Although known primarily as a muralist, he also completed many works in media from oils to porcelain.

The Sparkle and Shine auction also will include pieces by Reece, Sue Swerdlow, Frances Hill and other local artists, in the largest fundraising event held annually for Ronald McDonald House.

The event includes dinner, entertainment, a country store, and live and silent auctions featuring travel and dining experiences, fine jewelry, specialty wines and liquor, music and sports memorabilia and more.

This year’s gala will also feature an appearance by Denise Yamaguchi, who will sign her children’s cookbook, “Keiki in the Kitchen with Mika the Sous Chef,” filled with recipes by noted Hawaii chefs. Yamaguchi will be accompanied by her Lhasa apso puppy, Mika, and all book sales at the event will go to the Ronald McDonald charity.

Pre-event bidding for silent auction items begins Nov. 20 online at rmhc.cbo.io. All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House.

Ronald McDonald House is a nonprofit that provides housing for families of seriously ill children who must travel to Oahu for medical treatment.


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Monday, November 18, 2019

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Vintage Paintings Auctioned To Raise Funds For Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii

Auctioned To Raise Funds For Ronald McDonald House Charities

Honolulu, HI—Vintage original paintings by artists Herb Kane and Martin Charlot will be auctioned off at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Hawaii's annual Gala fundraising event this Saturday, November 23. Items are available for preview at https://rmhc.cbo.io. Online bidding begins November 20, 2019.

The original art pieces were purchased or commissioned in the late 1980s to commemorate Hawaiian history and culture, and were displayed in several of McDonald's flagship stores before being removed years ago and put into storage when the restaurants were renovated. Recently, McDonalds Restaurants of Hawaii donated the paintings to RMHC Hawaii for auction at RMHC's largest fundraising event of the year, their 2019 “Sparkle and Shine” Gala.

The evening's showcase art piece is an original painting by the late Herb Kane, entitled “The Story of Laka”. International art appraiser, Wayne Morioka, appraised the painting's value at $35,000 — $40,000. Restoration artist and painting conservator, Larry Pace of Pace Art, Conservation authenticated the painting and is restoring the piece to its original state.

In addition, special guest author Denise Yamaguchi will sell and autograph her children's cookbook of recipes contributed by Hawaii’s famous chefs, “Keiki in the Kitchen with Mika the Sous Chef, ” for which sales proceeds go to RMHC. She will be accompanied by Mika the Sous Chef, her Lhasa Apso puppy whose cooking tips can be found on each page.

Who: Ronald McDonald House Charities–Hawaii, a home away from home and respite for families in need of urgent and/or long term medical care for a child.

What: This year's Sparkle & Shine Gala will feature its Live Auction, popular Country Store, and opportunities to win or bid on vintage art, and other art including works by Kim Taylor Reece, Sue Swerdlow, Frances Hill a well as on travel and dining experiences, fine jewelry, specialty wines and liquor, music and sports memorabilia, and much more. All Gala and auction proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii.

When: November 23, 5 p.m. Silent Auction & Country Store Open Pre–Gala bidding for the silent auction items will begin Wednesday, November 20. Bidding will be done online, enabling anyone to bid remotely as well as at the event on November 23.

Where: Sheraton Waikiki Resort

For tickets and information, contact: Candace Asam–Lopez at 808–892–1905 or cal@rmhchawaii.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization providing a home–away–from–home for seriously ill children and their families. For 32 years, the House has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC Hawaii operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. Nearly 13,000 families have spent more than 130,000 room nights at Ronald McDonald Houses in Hawaii, and almost 155,000 people have been supported by or received help from our RMHC family programs and services. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


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October 19, 2018

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Southwest Airlines Donates $50,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Hawaii RMHC Hawaii Recipient of Children Charities Donation at LUV Classic in Dallas

Honolulu, HI—Southwest Airlines recently awarded $50,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Hawaii at their annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament in Dallas, Texas.

Every year at the LUV Classic, Southwest Airlines supports Ronald McDonald House Charities®f; across the nation. This year, their gift to RMHC's Hawaii Chapter also celebrates the Airlines' plan to enter the Hawaii market and provide inter-island and transpacific services to the Hawaiian Islands…

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“We are honored and extremely grateful to be one of this year's children's charities recipients from Southwest Airlines,” RMHC Hawaii President, Jerri Chong, said. “We serve more than 350 families a year and this tremendous gift will be utilized for the families who stay at our house. As our services evolve to provide comfort and care for the whole family during a child's medical crisis, so does the need to create an environment which supports the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of guest families.”

Southwest Airlines' donation will support the expansion and renovation of the children's indoor and outdoor play areas and create a family&ndadsh;centered recreation room at the Judd Hillside Ronald McDonald House.

The new additions will include a teen activity center, library and computer niche as well as a family gathering spot, all aimed at providing much needed normalcy and compassionate care for families during their greatest time of need.

“Since 1985, the LUV Classic has donated more than $17 million to children's charities and $14 million to local Ronald McDonald Houses around the country,” Southwest Airlines President, Tom Nealon, said. “We are delighted to support the RMHC House in Hawaii, and appreciate being welcomed into the family. It's an important part of Southwest Airlines' tradition of giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® Hawaii Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Hawaii, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization providing a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families. For 31 years, the house has provided programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region. RMHC–HI operates two residential facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions and must fly to Oahu for critical medical treatments not available where they live. Lengths of stay vary widely depending on diagnosis, but can range from several days to several months. The House strives to foster emotional, spiritual, and compassionate support to all who live within. It keeps families close when they need it the most.


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