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Leilani’s to host fund-raiser on its 27th anniversary

By Staff | Jun 11, 2009

KAANAPALI — Jason Donez, the general manager of Leilani’s on the Beach at Whalers Village, is a young man who epitomizes the youthful, positive energy of all TS Restaurants employees.

Donez is also a husband and dad who fully understands the intricacies and commitments of parenting in the 21st century.

So, as Leilani’s celebrates its 27th anniversary on Friday, June 19, Donez saw the event as an opportunity to contribute to a most valuable youth athletic program in Lahaina.

With his six-year-old son, Joaquin, playing in the West Maui Youth Basketball League, and Donez volunteering as a coach, the virtue and value of the program became clear to him.

“I saw an opportunity for Leilani’s to contribute to supporting the league by giving all of our bar receipts at the anniversary party to them,” explained Donez, who was honored as the Coach of the Year in the Tiny Mite Division last season.

“Uncle Don (Rosenthal, WMYBL commissioner) has kept the registration fee for the league at $10 for years now, and I thought that Leilani’s could help out in this way. I noticed that this past year was the first time that the kids didn’t get trophies like in all the previous years, and my dad always supported me in sports, and so I know the feeling of getting a trophy. It’s a thrill. I hope we can bring back to this program.”

The Leilani’s anniversary party will be held on Friday, June 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. for the invited guests.

“We’re expecting a big crowd, and we welcome the opportunity to say thank you to the community. All the food will be complimentary, and we’ll have live music for all to enjoy the beautiful surroundings here. The bar sales will go to the league, and those that would like to make a contribution should make the check payable to West Maui Youth Athletic Association,” Donez concluded.