Dozens of Maui Realtors raised almost $15,000 for the Realtors Association of Maui’s scholarship program this year, representing a fraction of more than $1.3 million raised for more than 100 local nonprofit’s during the county’s annual charity walk.
The Maui Hotel & Lodging Association announced the final tally of the fundraising numbers last week: More than 2,400 walkers from Maui, Moloka’i and Lana’i raised $1,316,956 during the 41st Visitor Industry Charity Walk in May 2019, the Maui News reported.
Thirty of those walkers laced up their sneakers to represent the Realtors Association of Maui, whose 114 donors pledged $11,891. With additional contributions from the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association, “Team RAM” raised $14,918 total, exceeding its goal to raise $10,000 goal for its annual scholarship fund to support graduating high school seniors in Maui County.
“Everyone was very glad to be giving and walking for such a great cause,” said Gina Duncan, who serves as RAM’s current president and participated in the walk.
RAM representatives receiving the check for $14,918. From left to right: Tetsuji Yamasaki, Maui Charity Walk Chair; Becky Hanna, RB, Island Sotheby’s International Realty; Dave Futch, RS, Hawaii Life; Lisa Paulson, Executive Director MHLA.
Island Sotheby’s International Realty agents were a driving force behind the event. The firm’s owner, Ryan MacLaughlin, tied for rounding up the most Team RAM walkers. Meanwhile, Island Sotheby’s agent Becky Hanna helped spearhead RAM’s charity walk planning committee, which organized RAM's first year participating in the event.
"Being asked to represent Island Sotheby’s International Realty as a committee member for the charity walk was an honor," said Hanna. "And seeing the dozens of enthusiastic and appreciative recipients of the 2019 RAM Scholarship Awards was inspiring."
Since 1989, RAM’s scholarship fund has awarded $750,000 in academic scholarships to college-bound high school seniors. This year alone, more than 70 scholarships were awarded to students on Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i.
But that isn’t the only ways RAM works to support worthy causes. From golf tournaments to talent competitions, RAM hosts a number of events throughout the year to support its philanthropic arm, the RAM Community Foundation. For example, the group has raised for than $1.65 million in supplies for public schools across the county. And last year, it raised $29,200 to help construct a new playground for children at Maui’s shelter for families experiencing homelessness: Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center.
Recipients of RAM scholarships.