The Dawn of Hope Foundation hosted the 9th Annual Spring Luau on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 6pm-10pm at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City, TN. The Spring Luau is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser and a feature event in the Tri Cities area.
A heart-felt and sincere THANK YOU goes out to Luau Major Sponsor Cherokee Distributing Company! We also thank our remaining event sponsors, donors, raffle ticket holders and the 40 Volunteers who helped to make this year’s Luau an event to remember. Without the unsurpassed dedication and support from our business and community partners, we could not have held such a successful celebration, where more than $55,000 was raised to be used towards supporting life enhancing programs for 215 Recipients served by Dawn of Hope.
The accomplishments of the 2013 Spring Luau were born from the hard work of several individuals – the Dawn of Hope Luau Planning Committee. Thank you to Jeff Brunson – Co-Chair, Rob Hungate – Co-Chair, Nancy Brickey, Angie Campbell, Sam East, Marsha Grindstaff, Jim Jordan, Harvey Justice, Heather Hill, Maureen Mulroy, Cheri Quick, David Quick, Rob Sampson, Lynda Wexler, and Nora Jane Wexler for all of their time and efforts with ensuring this year’s Luau was a top notch event!
The event included Hawaiian-style luau fare in a relaxed, tropical atmosphere. Guests spent the evening in absolute paradise, indulging in a feast of Hawaiian themed heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages at Harvey’s Island Tiki Bar. Entertainment abounded in activities, such as testing the luck of guests who participated in the Big Kahuna Reverse Raffle for a chance to win $10,000, bidding in the silent auction, having fun taking complimentary photos with family and friends in the Tropical Photo Booth, chancing the odds in the Heads or Tails game, and dancing the night away to beach-themed music by Kids Our Age.
The night of the Luau, the $10,000 Reverse Raffle grand prize was split between three individuals – Jim Denton, Dan Mahoney and Michael & Nina Marchioni. After the event, Dan Mahoney and Michael & Nina Marchioni donated half of their winnings back to Dawn of Hope. THANK YOU DAN, MICHAEL, and NINA!! Another $2,250 was dispersed in smaller cash prizes to eighteen other lucky winners.
On behalf of everyone at Dawn of Hope, we extend our utmost gratitude to everyone who provided selfless generosity and support, and worked tirelessly over the past several months to make this year’s Spring Luau a tremendous success that was enjoyed by all!