March of Dimes Hawaii Gala

Saturday, November 05, 2016  |  5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Hotel-Hawaii Ballroom
2255 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815


ATTIRE: Cocktail

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


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Thank you to our Honoree, Executive Leadership Committee, Board Members, Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers for making this year's March of Dimes Governors' Ball such a successful event. A special Mahalo to Karen Chang and Howard Lee for co-chairing this phenomenal event. Due to your generous support we were able to blow the top off our budget enabling us 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.

Evening Program

Silent Auction & Reception

Dinner, Live Auction & Awards Program

Performances by:
     Celine Carr & Lance Tashima
     The Diamond Head Theatre Shooting Stars

Dancing to 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.

Governors' Ball Honoree
Ray Vara & Hawaii Pacific Health

Governors' Ball Co-chairs

Karen Chang
Chairman of the Board
Hawaii Pacific Health
Howard Lee,
President & CEO
UHA Health Insurance

Governors' Ball Vice Chairs
Steven Ai, City Mill Company, Ltd.
Jeff Acre, The MacNaughton Group
Joy Barua, Kaiser Permenante
Rick Blangiardi, Hawaii News Now
Stanford Carr, Stanford Carr Development
Jen Chahanovich, HPH/Wilcox Medical Center
John Henry Felix, HMAA
Art Gladstone, HPH/Straub & Pali Momi Medical Centers
Mike Gold, HMSA
Michael Han, The Wedding Ring Shop
Robert Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank
Peter Ho, Bank of Hawaii
Carole Kai, Carole Kai Charities
Dave Kennedy, Honolulu Star Advertiser
Tom Kosasa, M.D., Pacific In-vitro Fertilization Clinic
Gabe Lee, American Savings Bank
Colbert Matsumoto, Island Insurance
Mark Nishiyama, Kama’aina Kids
Mark Polivka, Monarch Insurance
Larry Rodriguez, Community Volunteer
Martha Smith, HPH/Kapiolani Medical Center
Art Ushijima, The Queen’s Health Systems
Byron Yoshino, Pharmacare Hawaii


The March of Dimes is delighted to announce that Ray Vara, Hawaii Pacific Health's President & CEO, and Hawaii Pacific Health will be presented with the March of Dimes Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award for Distinguished Community Service.
Hawaii Pacific Health’s mission is to create a healthier Hawaii. They believe that working together, they can make the greatest impact on individuals, families and our communities. Anchored by four medical centers—Kapiolani, Pali Momi, Straub and Wilcox—as well as more than 70 convenient locations statewide, Hawaii Pacific Health is uniquely positioned to transform health care as we know it today.
Their health care teams are built and centered around patients, focusing on prevention, early intervention, monitoring and regular check-ups. Hawaii Pacific Health is a not-for-profit health care system, which means all of its earnings are reinvested into improving medical equipment and facilities. They also invest in research, education and training as well as charity care for underserved people within our island communities.

Challenge the Jan Ken Po Master

Make your evening extra fun.  When you purchase a rose and gem, you can participate in the challenge against our Jan Ken Po Master, Michael Han. You could go home with a $6,990 Hearts on Fire diamond necklace donated by The Wedding Ring Shop.


Distinguished Benefactors Centerpieces donated by Saks 5th Avenue
Jewels donated by the Wedding Ring Shop
Wine pairings selected and donated by Paradise Beverages

Ocean Vodka
Armstrong Produce


Our event features an exclusive selection of auction packages for your bidding pleasure. These packages provide you with a chance to purchase trips, dining experiences and once-in-a-lifetime moments to share with friends, family, clients and employees. As we secure packages for the event, we will give you a sneak preview of the packages here. Come back soon to check for updates.

A Full Page, Full Color Ad

No other media source comes close to reaching as many Hawaii consumers as Oahu Publications, Inc. whose flagship publication is the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. This certificate is for a full page, full color advertisement in a Sunday edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

California Dreaming

This package takes you to Northern California where you will take in a San Francisco Giants game and go wine tasting in Napa Valley. 

Fly roundtrip United Airlines from Honolulu to San Francisco where you will be staying at the iconic Palace Hotel for two nights.  While there is plenty to see and do in San Francisco, you will be busy part of the time with your Owners Seats (including VIP parking) at a 2017 San Francisco Giants home game at AT&T Park.

After all the excitement in the city, it will be a nice retreat as you head to Napa Valley where you will be staying at the Westin Verasa Napa.  Unplug and relax during this two night stay. While in Napa you will enjoy your Archive Tasting Experience & Vineyard Tour at Trinitas Library.

This package is for two guests.


Our event features an exclusive selection of auction items and packages for your bidding pleasure.  As we secure items for the event, we will give you an idea of what you will find with a sneak peak of our generous donors. Come back soon to check for updates.

You can see the full bid book by clicking here.

McKinley Car Wash

Haecha Brehm, Honolulu MedSpa

C.S. Wo & Sons Ltd., Hawaiian Quilt Collection, SoHa Living

 Anne Namba Designs, Crazy Shirts, DFS Hawaii

Entertainment / Theatre
Consolidated Theatres,   Diamond Head Theatre, Hawaii State BalletHawaii Theatre Center, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Manoa Valley Theatre

CorePower Yoga, Keala at Hot Yoga8,  The Oahu Club

Beretania Florist

Furniture Plus Design, UHA Health Insurance

Duane K Kurisu, Sony Open in Hawaii, Turtle Bay Resort, Waikiki Diving/Dave Livingston, Wailea Golf LLC

Alaska Airlines, Body Glove Cruises, Disneyland ResortDoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Hotel, Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Island Air, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel, Kualoa Ranch and Private Nature Reserve, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Moana Surfrider - A Westin Resort & Spa, Palace Hotel, Polynesian Cultural Center, Sheraton Kauai Resort, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Sheraton Park Anameim, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, The Modern Honolulu, The Royal Hawaiian - a Luxury Collection Resort, The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, The Westin Verasa Napa, Trinitas CellarsTrump International HotelTurtle Bay Resort, United Airlines

The Compleat Kitchen

Custom Creations by Cindy, Lehua Jewelers, Maui Divers Jewelry

Ben Franklin Hawaii, Costco, Bishop Museum, Daughters of Hawaii, Hawaii Coffee Company, Honolulu Star-Advertiser,Kreative Images Photography, Market City Limited, Mental Tilapia Fishing Lures, Royal Hawaiian Center, Safeway, Stars Above Hawaii, The Madden Corporation, Wet n Wild

Big City Diner, Duke's Waikiki, Jack in the BoxJamba Juice, Le Bistro, Liliaha BakeryMama's Fish House Restaurant & Inn, P.F. Chang's, Restaurant Suntory, Tea at 1024The Chart House WaikikiThe Cheesecake Factory, The Kahala Hotel & Resort, The Willows Restaurant

Arthur Mori & Associates, Inc., Debbie Hiraoka, Lance Kaneshiro, Howard Lee, Karen Mukai, Mr. and Mrs. Darren Nakao, James J Navin M.D., Howard Toda, Martin & Jennifer Welch, Lena Young