The Turtle Bay Foundation awarded $50,000 in grants and scholarships to a total of 36 nonprofit organizations and college-bound students on the North Shore on December 10.
This marked the inaugural presentation of financial awards by the Foundation, which was established last year to create a formal process to raise money for support of deserving nonprofits groups and college students on the North Shore, stretching from Waialua to Kaaawa. All of this year’s recipients either live on the North Shore or Ko’olauloa or serve the needs of others living in these communities, a requirement for receiving Foundation support.
“We applaud these nonprofits for their service in making the North Shore a better place to live, and these students for their commitment to academic achievement,” said Danna Holck, a Foundation board member and Vice President and General Manager of Turtle Bay Resort. “These grants and scholarships are just a start for the Turtle Bay Foundation. We are expanding our funding resources and will continue to support groups and causes that are important to the future of North Shore communities and residents.”
Based on community feedback, the Foundation is primarily focused on supporting areas of education, job training, culture, and athletics on the North Shore.
In addition to financial support from Turtle Bay Resort, Foundation funds are raised from individual and corporate donations and special events. For example, Oakley donated $3,000 from its Hackfest Hawaii Pro-Am golf tournament held last month at Turtle Bay Resort.
Historically, Turtle Bay Resort has annually supported dozens of worthy causes benefiting North Shore residents, such as providing supplies and books to schools, feeding needy families during the holidays, and providing in-kind donations of hotel rooms, golf play, and amenities for community fundraisers.
The Turtle Bay Foundation awarded grants to 29 North Shore nonprofit groups:
Bright Beginning Learning Center
Central Oahu Youth Service Association
Clover J’s 4-H Livestock Club
Friends of Kahana
Friends of Kahuku Band
Hau‘ula Community Association
Ho‘ala Aina Kupono
Hukilau Soccer Club
Imi Ike VB
Kahuku Film Club
Kahuku Water Polo
Ko‘olauloa Children’s Chorus
Ko‘olauloa Educational Alliance
Ko‘olauloa Hawaiian Civic Club
Malama Loko Ea
Malama Pupukea Waimea
Manu O Ke Kai
Partners in Development Foundation
The Private Sector (cancer care)
The Purple Van (also Private Sector)
Rainbow School Kahuku
U8 Boys Soccer/FC
Waialua Robotics Program
The Turtle Bay Foundation awarded college scholarships to eight North Shore students:
Jeheryl Okala Makaiau
To donate to the Foundation and for more information, click here.