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MEDB dinner to raise money for STEM education programs

July 30, 2014
Maui Weekly

The annual MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Dinner & Auction will return on Saturday, Aug. 23. Held at the Grand Wailea Resort, this annual event raises needed funds for science, technology, engineering and Math (STEM) programs in our community.

Guests will bid on fabulous prizes at the popular Apples for Education Auctions, compete in a lively "Are You Smarter Than a STEM Fifth-Grader?" game, and mingle with distinguished educators, including Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and his wife, Lyndelle; Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife, Ann; and friends and neighbors.

This year's winner of the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Innovation Award, which honors the legacy of the late U.S. senator, will also be announced.

The reception and silent auction begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner, the program and live auction starting at 6:30 p.m.

Event tickets are $175 per person. For reservations and information, contact Maui Economic Development Board at 875-2300 or visit

Throughout Maui County, STEM education is empowering students and teachers, thanks to donors of the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund.

This past school year, the fund awarded nearly $175,000, which enabled robotics teams to compete on Maui, O'ahu 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, and organized the annual Science Olympiad.

"Thanks to generous businesses and other community stake-holders, we have touched thousands of students," said Jeanne Skog, MEDB president and CEO.

"Donors send a clear message to our students of the value of pursuing careers in STEM."

For reservations and information, contact Maui Economic Development Board at 875-2300 or visit

Sponsorships for the MEDB Ke Alahele Education Fund Benefit Dinner & Auction are available.



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