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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter

July 2014


Shop and Support Special Olympics Hawai‘i during the Annual Safeway People with Disabilities Campaign

For the seventh year in a row Special Olympics Hawai‘i will participate in the annual Safeway People with Disabilities campaign. Throughout the month of August, Safeway stores across the nation – and throughout Hawai‘i -- will be asking customers to donate at checkout to show their support for people with disabilities. For the very first time, there is the opportunity to designate 100 percent of your donation to go to Special Olympics.

“We are so grateful to partner with Safeway for their Safeway People with Disabilities campaign,” said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai‘i president and CEO. “We are particularly excited for this year’s campaign because Safeway customers can now specifically designate their donation to go to Special Olympics– which means our athletes will directly feel the impact of your gift.”

In the six years since the partnership was launched, Safeway People with Disabilities has raised more than $11.5 million for participating Special Olympics programs across the country.


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A Key Member of the Project UNIFY Movement

One of Project UNIFY’s biggest supporters are the Key Club student members and their advisors across the state. Over the last year Key Club members have shown their support by participating in inclusive school activities and volunteering at community events while adult advisors have spent countless hours supporting these youth and their work to develop communities where people of all abilities are included and respected.

Charlene Masuhara, Key Club advisor at Hilo High School, was inspired by the deep bonds, which developed between club members. Masuhara, who is also Hawai‘i’s Key Club regional advisor, gave student leaders from Project UNIFY the opportunity to present at several meetings and at the state’s Key Club convention. She strongly advised all club chapters to participate in Project UNIFY activities in their schools and communities.

Last school year, Key Club members came out in full force to support our local Special Olympics Hawai‘i athletes. This included:

  • Participating in Spread the Word to End the Word campaigns and events;
  • Supporting inclusionary activities at their schools;
  • Volunteering at the Honolulu and Leeward Young Athletes Program;
  • Participating in fundraising for Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s Polar Plunge fundraiser;
  • Competing on Unified sports teams with their Special Education classmates; and
  • Attending the State Summer Games as Fans in the Stands.




In Memorium: Mahalo Marvin

Special Olympics Hawai‘i would like to honor and celebrate the life of Marvin Kingsley Devereux and his commitment to our athletes. Marvin recently passed away on June 21, in Kansas City.

Marvin has a long history with Special Olympics Hawai‘i, having previously served as Chairman on our board of directors in the late 1970’s. As chairperson, Marvin was instrumental in getting the first Special Olympics athlete hired at McDonalds where the athlete continued to work for 25 years.Marvin Devereux was a graduate of Punahou’s class of 1955 and Lewis and Clark College, Marvin worked in the banking and travel industries in Honolulu for many years.

As a founding champion of the Special Olympics Hawai‘i movement, Marvin worked with the business community to ensure our financial stability.

As a founding member of Special Olympics Hawai‘i, Marvin worked with our team to ensure our financial stability. Marvin is survived by his life partner of 51 years, Bill Prange, as well as brothers, John, Fred, and sister, Diane Ackerson. He was described by others as sociable and loving and will be missed by many.

We offer our condolences to Marvin’s family and loved ones. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his legacy and good work continue to live on here at Special Olympics Hawai‘i.


SPONSOR FEATURE: Aloha Air Cargo’s Support Soars to New Heights

Honolulu-based air freight service, Aloha Air Cargo, has been a longtime supporter of Special Olympics athletes. The company has regularly assisted with transporting t-shirts interisland for the annual First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run, but this year, Aloha Air Cargo wanted to spread their wings. Because of this, they sponsored the official pace car for the Torch Run, stepped up to their support of Polar Plunge, and worked to raise a record amount of money for our athletes.

As a result of these efforts, this year, Aloha Air Cargo surpassed their initial goal of $5,000 by raising $9,777 total in just five weeks, a new fundraising milestone for the company. More than half of the money raised was donated by Aloha Air Cargo and its generous employees.

“We are excited to see our support of Special Olympics Hawai‘i take flight this year – and it is all thanks to the dedication and commitment of our employees who have 100 percent backed this cause,” said Aloha Air Cargo Representative. “We strongly believe in supporting the communities that we serve and are proud to play a part to help the dreams of our local Special Olympics Hawai‘i take wing.”

Aloha Air Cargo began as a unit of Aloha Airlines before it closed in 2008. Today, it services every major airport destination in Hawai‘i and through partnerships with other local airlines and international carriers, can arrange shipments from any Hawai‘i city to any destination worldwide. Aloha Air Cargo is also the only overnight carrier to offer refrigeration capabilities at all Hawaiian island locations. For more information please visit



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