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March of Dimes Hawaii 80th Anniversary Gala

DATE: Saturday, November 04, 2017  |  Time: 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Hotel-Hawaii Ballroom
ADDRESS: 2255 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815


ATTIRE: Black Tie Optional / Men: Tuxedo or Jacket & Tie

Women: Long Formal Gown or Cocktail Dress                            

For more information, please contact Marcia Caldirola at (808) 973-2155 or email


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Thank you to our Honoree, Vice Chairs, Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers for all your hard work to make this year's March of Dimes Governors' Ball a success. A special Mahalo to Dennis Francis and Dave Kennedy for co-chairing this phenomenal event. Due to your generous support we can continue to help more of Hawaii's littlest keiki.


The March of Dimes was founded by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1938 to fight the crippling disease of polio.  In an effort to raise money in this battle, President Roosevelt hosted many fundraising President's Birthday Balls at the White House.  From the late 1930's until the mid '50s, over 6,000 fundraising balls were held by community leaders and state governors across the country, including Hawaii's territorial governors, which helped win the war against polio.

With the plague of polio obliterated from the U.S., the March of Dimes applied its proven strategies and turned its attention to a more ambitious mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

In 1996, Goverenor Cayetano joined with the March of Dimes to re-establish this historical fundraising event in honor of all the territorial governors and state governors who supported the March of Dimes through the years.

The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.  The March of Dimes provides vital services to help more than 4 million babies born each year through informational resources, education and support.  Funds raised by this event will support the March of Dimes important national research into the causes, prevention and treatments of birth defects and premature birth as well as their local programs to help Hawaii families.  

We hope you will join us for a memorable evening with fabulous food, great auction items and upbeat entertainment as we celebrate one of our premier events offering guests the opportunity to support the March of Dimes and impact the health of babies. We look forward to welcoming you to this year's event and supporting our community!

Mahalo for your support.


The March of Dimes is delighted to announce that Longs Drugs /CVS Health will be presented with the March of Dimes Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award for Distinguished Community Service.

Longs Drugs has been an important partner of the Hawaii March of Dimes since 2008 and has raised more than $1.5 million for the March of Dimes.  In 2017, CVS Health became a National March for Babies team due to the success of this Hawaii partnership. 
Millions of times a day, close to home and across the country, Longs Drugs/CVS Health is helping people on their path to better health.  They are reinventing pharmacy to have a more active, supportive role in each person’s unique health experience and in the greater health care environment—from advising on prescriptions to helping manage chronic and specialty conditions to providing quality walk-in medical care and pharmacy benefits management.   


Evening Program

Silent Auction & Reception

Dinner, Live Auction & Awards Program

Performances: Ginai and the Mike Lewis Orchestra



Thanks to the leadership of our volunteer chairs and committee members, we are honored to present this year's event. After months of hard work, these volunteers have taken the event to new heights. The March of Dimes and the families we support are grateful for the generosity and effort of the team that made this evening possible.

2017 March of Dimes Governors’ Ball Honoree

Longs Drugs/CVS Health

Governors’ Ball Co-chairs

Dennis Francis
President & Publisher
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Dave Kennedy
Chief Revenue Officer
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Governors’ Ball Vice Chairs

Joy Barua
Kaiser Permanente

Chris Benjamin
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
Stanford Carr
Stanford Carr Development

Meredith Ching
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

Tanya Demattia
Longs Drugs/CVS Health

John Henry Felix

Dave Heywood
Jay Higa
Honolulu Star- Advertiser
Robert Johnson
Johnson Brothers of Hawaii

Thomas Kosasa, M.D.
Gabe Lee
American Savings Bank
Howard   Lee
UHA Health Insurance
Maggie (Yan) Li
Diamond Bakery

Chieh Fu Lu
First Hawaiian Bank
Ivan Lui-Kwan
Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher
John Schilf
Rainbow Sales & Marketing

Michael  Stollar
Mona Wood-Sword
Ikaika Communications
Nina Yang Takamori
Hawaiian Electric Company

Ray Vara
Hawaii Pacific Health

March of Dimes Executive Director
Carmella Hernandez



Through partnerships with companies, organizations and individuals, the March of Dimes is able to create unique moments for your clients, vendors and leadership teams. They participate in an exclusive dining event while supporting a critical cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels for our events, providing you with brand recognition, civic engagement and an exclusive client entertainment opportunity within the event. We look forward to working with you to discuss your partnership with the March of Dimes. Please contact Marcia Caldirola at or (808)973-2155.