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Community involvement important to local brokerage

By Staff | Feb 4, 2010

The staff of Monte D. Fitts, Realtors includes (from left): Karen Kondo, Jessica Valenzuela, Candace Horton, Debbie Fitts, Michelle Fitts, Monte Fitts and Tom Hill (Margaret Sweeney is not pictured).

KAANAPALI — Perhaps no activity can awaken the spirit of aloha within you more than giving back to your community. The staff of Monte D. Fitts, Realtors are active volunteers and supporters of various organizations.

Principal Broker Monte Fitts and his wife, Michelle, realtor/broker, wish to recognize the efforts of the supporters of the first annual “No Shenanigans” Golf Tournament, which raised $35,520 for the University of San Francisco Melanoma Research Center. The event was spearheaded by Maui residents Rob & Cindy Bloom in honor of their son, Nate Bloom, who passed away on July 4, 2008 after a two-plus-year battle with malignant melanoma. The next event will be held in October 2010.  Learn more about the event at noshenanigans.org.

Debbie Fitts, marketing manager, has been named director of Book Trust Maui County, a nonprofit organization that provides books to children on free and reduced lunch programs in every elementary school on Maui, Lanai and Molokai.

She said that “there is a literacy gap that exists for children in low-income families that can put them at a disadvantage for the rest of their life. Book Trust provides the tools — books — that close this gap and can change a child’s future.” Learn more at booktrust.org

Karen Kondo, R(S) and vacation rental manager, is the past president of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise and an advisor for their Interact Club, a student leadership and community service club at Lahainaluna High School. She is also their New Generation chair, volunteers for the monthly Homeless Resource Center dinners, and stays very involved with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, a youth leadership camp. Learn more at rotary.org.

Tom Hill, R(S), is very involved with Kumulani Chapel, and is an active parent at Seabury Hall, where is son is a senior. Hill has made a personal commitment to raising funds for the earthquake victims in Haiti.

Candace Horton, R(S), donates her time to work with Rev. Beverly Powers and the Living Ministry. Without the overhead of a building fund, this church without walls is able to allocate its fund-raising dollars to helping the homeless, the mentally disabled, battered women and others with individual hardships. Living Ministry meets Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Garden Chapel at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

Serving West Maui for 27 years, Monte D. Fitts, Realtors specializes in golf course, beachfront and residential properties from Lahaina Town to Kapalua Bay. Put our expertise to work for you by calling us at toll-free at (877) 808-8484, locally at (808) 661-8863 or visit our office conveniently located in Whalers Village, Suite A-1. Search for properties online at montefittsrealtors.com.