We are very pleased to announce that after closing the books for Ohana: Luau at the Lake 2015 and the first annual Ohana: Luau by the Sea, the Fraternal Order of Moai, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(10) organization founded in 2005, has donated $11,500 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 in Lake George, New York, and Ohana: Luau by the Sea in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, donors, performers, and attendees, everyone had “fun with a purpose” while raising money for these important scholarships and the foundation that distributes them.
This gift to the Easter Island Foundation has been split into two parts.
First, $9,000 will be donated in the form of four scholarships, which will be awarded to 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. More information about scholarship recipients will be announced once the Easter Island Foundation scholarship committee awards these funds.
In addition to the scholarship fund donation, $2,500 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.
Earlier this year the Red Palms Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moai donated an additional $2,500 to the Easter Island Foundation to fund the “Fraternal Order of Moai Roger Carlson Scholarship” with funds raised at the second Chicago Area Tiki Tour.
The fun will continue in the coming year. Plans for Ohana: Luau at the Lake 2016 in June and the second annual Ohana: Luau by the Sea are rolling along. We are also excited at the prospect of growing our charitable support for the Easter Island Foundation and other worthy causes through the newly created Fraternal Order of Moai Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization.
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/TheMoai, facebook.com/OhanaLuau, facebook/OhanaSea, @TheMoai, @LuauAtTheLake, and @LuauByTheSea.
Keep the torches burning,
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