The Coast Guard Foundation's 11th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard's 14th District will take place tonight, Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii on the beautiful luau grounds of the Hale Koa Hotel. Showcasing Hawaii's history and culture, the event raises awareness for the Foundation and its efforts to support the Coast Guard as well as honor the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its mission to extend the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration.
The event is organized by a dedicated group of local volunteers and Coast Guard Foundation board members who live in Hawaii. This year's dinner is chaired by Ali Nikkhoo, vice president and general manager of Horizon Lines, LLC.
"The Coast Guard Foundation is fortunate to have a committee that cares deeply for the service and understands its value to the State of Hawaii and the nation as a whole," said Anne B. Brengle, president, Coast Guard Foundation. "Through this dinner, we raise important funds to support Coast Guard members stationed in Hawaii and throughout the country."
The 14th Coast Guard District is responsible for operations in the Hawaiian Islands, Guam and American Samoa, as well as activities in Saipan, Singapore and Japan. Hawaii holds a special place for members of the Coast Guard Foundation community. In 2008, the Family Disaster Relief Fund was established in the wake of the crash of a helicopter near Barbers Point. The Fund continues to this day to provide assistance to family members of fallen servicemen and women lost in the line of duty.
The Foundation has provided Coast Guard members stationed across the district important morale and wellness gear including exercise and recreation equipment, and video game systems for Coast Guard units in Guam; and stand up paddle boards, mountain bicycles, snorkeling gear and recreation equipment for Hawaii-based land units and cutters.
"The people of Hawaii have been very supportive of the Coast Guard Foundation," continued Brengle. "From gifts to our annual fund, to supporting our scholarship program and the shipmate fund, Hawaiian residents have answered the call. We thank them for their generosity and support the Foundation's efforts for the Coast Guard."