Annual event to spotlight Maui County’s STEM stars, Distinguished Educators
“Pathways to our Future”, an annual fundraiser dinner for the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund returns on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Held at The Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea, this year’s event will spotlight Maui County’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) stars while raising needed funds for STEM programs in our community.
Reception and Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm, followed by dinner and a Live Auction at 6:30 pm.
“We are very pleased that Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife Ann, and Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui and his wife Lyndelle are this year’s ‘Distinguished Educators’ and will share in the festivities,” said Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB) President & CEO Jeanne Unemori Skog. “Also, having Kanoa Leahey as our MC promises to help make this dinner a lively evening.”
During this year’s event, fund grantees will share the outcomes of our community’s investments in their STEM projects. The popular “Apples for Education” Silent and Live Auctions will offer a bevy of items on which guests can bid. MEDB will also announce the 2015 honoree of theDaniel K. Inouye Innovation Award who demonstrates the most innovative use of STEM tools and capabilities to serve and improve our community.
This past school year, the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund awarded grants totaling more than $183,000 to over 25 Maui County schools and organizations. Funds enabled robotics teams to compete on Maui, Oahu and even the mainland; equipped digital media labs and engineering technology programs with the latest tools, software and training; prepared students for going head-to-head with national digital media peers; empowered students to map our island’s coral reefs and explore our solar system; and helped to expand STEM curriculums in our schools.
Various sponsorship opportunities are available. Event tickets are $175 per person. Proceeds from this August 29th fundraiser dinner will help to advance STEM education for our youth in Maui County and our state.
“Thanks to generous businesses and other community stakeholders, we have touched thousands of students,” said Skog. “Donors send a clear message to our students of the importance of preparing for careers in STEM.”
For reservations and information, contact Maui Economic Development Board at 808-875-2300 or visit www.medb.org.