Category: Good Cause

Letters to Santa make wishes come true

(From FrolicHawaii.com 12/18/2014) – Amanda Stevens

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Macy’s and Make-A-Wish are celebrating the seventh year of the Believe campaign. Up to Dec. 24, people of all ages can bring their letters addressed to “Santa at The North Pole,” and drop it into the special letterboxes inside Macy’s. (You can also create and send a letter online at macys.com/believe.) For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1,000,000.

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Damon’s Wish
“There’s no crying in Macy’s!” That thought rang through my mind last Friday, while being among hundreds of onlookers who saw Make-A-Wish and Macy’s grant the wish of a young man named Damon at Ala Moana Center, as part of the Believe campaign.

Damon is from Kaneohe, and he struggles daily with progressive muscular dystrophy, a medical condition that made him eligible for a wish from Make-A-Wish Hawaii. He wished for a beach-accessible wheelchair, one that “looked cool” in true teenager form, but mostly, he wanted the ability to roll across the sand with more ease, something he couldn’t do with his standard chair.

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Damon’s wish that unfolded was among 50 wishes granted nationwide that day. A fun fact I learned from Jenna Blakely of Make-A-Wish Hawaii was that of those 50 wishes, 12 Wish Kids learned that their wishes to come to Hawaii are coming true. She also told me about recent wishes granted for other teens and children from Hawaii. Seriously, this is what the holidays are all about, take a look:

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On Thanksgiving Day, Kailua teen Tiare, 16, battling chronic kidney disease, got to cheer on game day with the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleaders.

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On Hawaii Island, Make-A-Wish Hawaii recently handed over the keys to teen Christian’s dream off-road Polaris vehicle. Christian, 17, battles a chronic kidney condition.

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Sharai, 14, of Keaau, who’s battling Hodgkins Lymphoma, recently returned from her Wish Trip to Australia, where she got to do an Animal Encounter.

So this holiday season, slow down and take a moment to write a letter to Santa, your wish will help to make wishes come true.

First Lady: The Movement Shines a Spotlight on Local Vendors

(left to right) First Lady The Movement founder, Donna Mae Rizando and creative director/partner, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque

(left to right) First Lady The Movement founder, Donna Mae Rizando and creative director/partner, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque

The 4th Annual First Lady: The Movement event took place at the YWCA Oahu, Laniakea Courtyard on Tuesday, July 23.  The Movement’s philosophy encourages and empowers women to fulfill their potential and live their dream.  The event shines a spotlight on local female entrepreneurs and provides them the opportunity to network with like-minded men and women in the community.

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Photos by Lyle Amine.
Local vendors showcased their apparel, jewelry, accessories and artwork.  This year, for the first time, the event included a fashion show with looks from local boutiques.  The fashion show directors were Reese Sakauye and Ericka Bueno.
Raised in Hawaii, Donna Mae Rizando founded First Lady: The Movement while living on the mainland, after going through a significant life-change at the age of 18.  She realized that there were many women her age, going through similar challenges and decided to start an organization that celebrates and empowers women and their talents.  At the age of 18, Rachael Ranchez-Bosque was a single mother, and by fate, came across information about First Lady: The Movement.  She was so moved by the organization and became fast-friends with Rizando, and is now a partner.  For more information about First Lady: The Movement and future events, contact Rizando at firstladythemovement@gmail.com.

Warren Moon’s 2013 VIP Pro Bowl Party

(From NonstopHonolulu.com – Words by Amanda Stevens, photos by Tracy Chan)

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Photo by Tracy Chan: football legends Warren Moon and Eric Dickerson with celebrity photograher Russell Tanoue

Football and fashion enthusiasts gathered at Pearl Thursday evening to be a part of the 2013 Warren Moon VIP Pro Bowl Party, a benefit for the Crescent Moon Foundation. Moon established the foundation in 1989 to raise funds for college scholarships and was named NFL’s Man of the Year for his humanitarian work in the community.

The fashion and business elite of Honolulu were able to meet, or at least catch a glimpse of, Moon and football legend Eric Dickerson, along with a number of Pro Bowl cheerleaders, models and pageant title holders. We got to chat with another football great, Christian Okoye, named to the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2000, and celebrity stylist and make-up artist Crystal Pancipanci.

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Photo by Tracy Chan: Christian Okoye (Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2000) and celebrity stylist and make-up artist Crystal Pancipanci

Speaking of fashion, the men on the red carpet were dressed to impress while the ladies were dressed to kill. They wore looks ranging from designers like of Rachel Roy, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Tory Burch to classic Pinup Couture. The delish appetizers and cocktails were flowing, and Pearl’s house DJs and emcee Roxy on the Mic kept the party rolling late into the night.

Photo by Tracy Chan

Photo by Tracy Chan

football great Eric Dickerson and Amanda Stevens

Photo by Tracy Chan: football great Eric Dickerson and Amanda Stevens

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Photo by Tracy Chan

Photo by Tracy Chan

Photo by Tracy Chan

 

Polo for a Purpose

(from NonstopHonolulu.com 6/12/12 – by Amanda Stevens)

Polo for a Purpose, on the North Shore’s Honolulu Polo Club on Sunday, was an all-white attire summer soiree and sexy summer fashion show hosted by the United States Polo Association’s Circuit Governor of Hawaii and Christopher Dawson, with Creative Director Crystal Pancipanci.

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