The Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii will be holding a fundraiser for the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance (PIAA), a nonprofit that supports student athletes from Hawaii and America Samoa. The inaugural benefit fundraiser, named “Cheers for Champions! – Changing Lives, One Student-Athlete at a Time,” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Ferguson’s Irish Pub in downtown Honolulu.
According to a press release, PIAA “since 2003 has assisted in securing more than $16 million in athletic and academic scholarships, grants and financial aid for 1,200 college-bound student athletes from Hawaii and American Samoa. PIAA also holds SAT test-prep workshops and athletic combine events to help prep student-athletes maximize their college opportunities, at low or no cost to the student-athletes and their families.”
DACH launched in January, hosting UH football coach Norm Chow’s first public appearance at a luncheon at the Hukilau in downtown Honolulu. Since then, DACH has hosted other UH coaches like women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji and men’s basketball coach Gib Arnold, as well as former UH football player Chad Owens and current Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo.
DACH was formed by seven local businesspeople: Keith Amemiya, Peter Ho, Kalowena Komeiji, Duane Kurisu (chairman of aio Group, parent company of Hawaii Business magazine), Don Murphy, Raymond Ono and Kurt Osaki.
Tickets to the event cost $75. More information about the event can be found at the DACH website, downtownathleticclubhawaii.org.