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Monday, December 25, 2000

A&B donates
$124,000 to
Maui United Way

Star-Bulletin staff

The Maui United Way has received $124,000 from the Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, the largest amount given to one of 65 agencies on the island.

A&B The foundation donated more than $450,000 to Valley Isle groups this year. It is funded by business activities of Alexander and Baldwin Inc. and its subsidiaries, including six Maui businesses.

"Nearly a third of the foundation's resources are directed to Maui because we have had, and will continue to have, such a deep interest in this island and its people," said A&B Vice President Meredith J. Ching, chairwoman of the foundation's Hawaii Committee.

A&B has roughly 1,500 pensioners on Maui and employs nearly 950 of the island's residents.

The grant was supplemented by A&B employee donations totaling nearly $70,000.

Nearly $185,000 went to health and human service organizations, including $25,000 to the Maui County Nutritional Program; $10,000 to the Maui Family support Services; $2,500 to the Maui Kokua Services; and operational funding to the Maui County Senior Citizens Fair.

Schools and educational organizations received nearly $170,000 -- the largest gift, $35,000, going to Tech Ready on a $100,000 pledge to fund computer equipment.

Other grants included: $25,000 to Maui Community College; $5,000 to the Maui Technology conference; funding for Punana Leo O Maui's capital campaign; sponsorship monies for the Maui County Fire Prevention Education Program; prizes for the District Science and Engineering Fair; operational support of Maui History Day; and $5,000 to renovate St. Anthony Junior and Senior High School's library and media center.

The Maui Arts and Cultural Center received $15,000 for its Partnering for Arts and Education Program for elementary students. The Maui Historical Society was given $2,500 for new computers.

The Greater Paia Reunion received $5,000; the Liveable Island Conference, $2,500; the Maui Community Food Bank, $5,000; and the Aloha House for substance abuse, $5,000. Hui Ai Pohaku and the Maui Puerto Rican Association received donations for the first time.

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