Show Aloha Land to host Make-A-Wish Week Jan. 3 – 9
Sponsored by SAC Foundation
With many community holiday events canceled or altered because of the pandemic this year, the Show Aloha Challenge Foundation put together Show Aloha Land — A Holiday Wonderland from First Hawaiian Bank. After opening on November 27, Show Aloha Land has drawn more than 1,000 vehicles every night since. It was originally scheduled to end on January 2, but it will run through January 9 instead in partnership with Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
January 3 – 9 is Make-A-Wish Week at Show Aloha Land, with 15 percent of ticket sales being donated toward making life-changing wishes come true for wish kids across the islands fighting critical illnesses.
“Show Aloha Challenge is all about giving back to the community,” says Michael Gangloff, founder of the SAC Foundation. “I started this organization in response to the pandemic and with a desire to make people’s lives better, by providing food assistance to local families and kupuna and now by helping them age in place. All proceeds from Show Aloha Land will go to support this ongoing effort and next year.”
During Show Aloha Land’s last week, Gangloff says the SAC Foundation wanted to partner with another organization that is also making an important difference in our community.
“We love the work Make-A-Wish Hawaii is doing to transform the lives of kids and families here in Hawaii with critical illnesses,” he says. “This has been a challenging year, and we wanted to bring holiday cheer to these families and surround them with aloha and support.”
“Being diagnosed with a serious illness is already life-changing,” says Make-A-Wish Hawaii President and CEO Trini Kaopuiki Clark. “Families are worried about the health of their children and the future. The pandemic has made their situation more challenging. Families are feeling more anxiety and a sense of isolation from loved ones. But in Hawaii, being there for each other is important.”
Since the pandemic, Make-A-Wish Hawaii has been granting more wishes that will make a lasting impact here at home: Wishes for things like therapy rooms, backyard play spaces, and a cell phone to call family from the hospital just to name a few. The proceeds from Show Aloha Challenge’s Make-A-Wish Week will have an immediate impact by allowing the organization to continue granting life-changing wishes for waiting wish keiki.
To support both Show Aloha Challenge Foundation and Make-A-Wish Hawaii, you can purchase tickets to visit the show from January 3-9 at showalohaland.com. Or to learn more about Make-A-Wish Hawaii and how your support will help local wish families, visit hawaii.wish.org.
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