We are very pleased to announce that after closing the books for Ohana Luau at the Lake 2014, the Fraternal Order of Moai, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(10) organization founded in 2005, has donated $9,000 to the Easter Island Foundation to support scholarships for youth from the island of Rapa Nui and the foundation's general fund!
The Easter Island Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989, was named by the Moai as our national charity in 2008.
Funds for this gift, including a portion of general event proceeds and silent auction/mystery bowl auction donations, were raised at Ohana Luau at the Lake 2014 in Lake George, New York. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, donors, performers, and attendees, everyone had "fun with a purpose" while raising money for a wonderful cause!
Our gift to the Easter Island Foundation has been split into two parts.
First, $7,000 will be donated in the form of four scholarships, which will be awarded to four Rapa Nui students for use in paying college expenses. Preference will be given to those students who intend to return with skills which will benefit the Rapa Nui people and island upon graduation.
CLICK HERE to read about the scholarship recipients.
In addition to the scholarship fund donation, $2,000 will be donated to the Easter Island Foundation's general fund to support the other work of the foundation which includes promoting conservation and protection of the fragile cultural heritage of Easter Island and other Polynesian islands. Among its many projects, the Foundation established the William Mulloy Library on the island; funds archaeological research; publishes a series of books about Easter Island and Polynesia; publishes Rapa Nui Journal; and sponsors conferences about Easter Island and Polynesia.
The fun will continue in the coming year. Plans for Ohana Luau at the Lake 2015 in June and Ohana Luau by the Sea 2015 in October are rolling along. Come join the Moai and experience "fun with a purpose" for yourself. Find more information online at www.LuauAtTheLake.com, www.LuauByTheSea.com, Facebook.com/OhanaLuau, Facebook/OhanaSea, and @TheMoai.
Keep the torches burning,
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