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Make My Day Hawaii helps promote the arts

By Staff | Jun 21, 2012

Based in Lahaina, the nonprofit Make My Day Hawaii Foundation’s mission is to “Save the Arts and Music in Hawaii.”

Working with area businesses and pros in the entertainment industry, such as West Maui’s own Willie K, the foundation fosters acting, music and modeling skills in young people through its Maui Children’s 2012 Summer Arts Mentorship Program.

Two fun opportunities to support the Make My Day Hawaii Foundation are coming up soon.

“We are having our annual fundraising events that mentor our local youth and market our islands,” noted foundation President Debra Bridgers, who established the nonprofit in 2002 in memory of her son, West Maui artist and surfer Eric MacCammond.

The fun starts on July 13, Second Friday, with an “Art & Pub Crawl” on Front Street to 18 art galleries and pubs. Foundation “Angels” will hand out special event cups for donations toward the foundation’s mission. The Angels will also collect feathers in a bid to be featured in an online calendar.

Then on July 28, the foundation’s first annual Fundraising Golf Tournament is slated at the Kaanapali Kai Course (see page 13).

Set to begin at 7 a.m., the event will feature a meet and greet with models from Pakaloha Bikinis, Focus Hawaii Model/Talent Agency and young performers discovered during the foundation’s ongoing talent contests.

The tournament will also have a silent auction to benefit Anamaria “Sina” Sulunga, 11, of Napilihau, who needs a kidney transplant.

“We hope to hear from you to make this a successful gathering of our community support for Maui Children’s 2012 Summer Arts Mentorship Program,” Bridgers concluded.

For more information on the Make My Day Hawaii Foundation, contact Bridgers at (808) 936-9358 or e-mail debra@makemydayhawaii.org.