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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Toys for Tots corporate sponsors hold annual holiday reception

By Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil | | November 19, 2009

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The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band accompanies local entertainer Anita Hall as she sings holiday tunes during a Toys for Tots corporate sponsors’ reception at the First Hawaiian Bank building here Nov. 19. Sponsors were presented with plaques to thank them for their contributions to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band accompanies local entertainer Anita Hall as she sings holiday tunes during a Toys for Tots corporate sponsors’ reception at the First Hawaiian Bank building here Nov. 19. Sponsors were presented with plaques to thank them for their contributions to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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Colonel Robert Rice, Commander, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, presents Merrill Lynch Vice President Diane Kimura with the first place Tricycle Cup Competition trophy during a Toys for Tots corporate sponsors’ reception Nov. 19. Merrill Lynch employees donated the most toys among downtown businesses during the Tricycle Cup toy collection competition which was held Nov. 17.

Colonel Robert Rice, Commander, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, presents Merrill Lynch Vice President Diane Kimura with the first place Tricycle Cup Competition trophy during a Toys for Tots corporate sponsors’ reception Nov. 19. Merrill Lynch employees donated the most toys among downtown businesses during the Tricycle Cup toy collection competition which was held Nov. 17. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific jazz ensemble entertains dozens of Toys for Tots corporate sponsors and their guests during a VIP reception at the First Hawaiian Bank building Nov. 19.

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific jazz ensemble entertains dozens of Toys for Tots corporate sponsors and their guests during a VIP reception at the First Hawaiian Bank building Nov. 19. (Photo by Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil)


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HONOLULU -- Corporate sponsors of the Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots program held their annual VIP reception at the First Hawaiian Bank Building here Nov. 19.

The guests were treated to appetizers and entertainment by local entertainers Anita Hall and Danny Kaleikini, accompanied by the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific band.

“Some people might wonder, ‘In a time when finance is so tight, why would a few toys matter?’” Hall asked the audience before her performance. “But it makes all the difference in the world. Because of people like you, many kids will have gifts under their trees this year.”

Marine Corps Base Hawaii Commanding Officer Col. Robert Rice presented plaques to the sponsors and thanked them for their dedication to the Toys for Tots program. Three companies were also given top honors for their participation in the first ever Tricycle Cup toy collection competition which was held Nov. 17.

Employees in the downtown community were given the chance to donate new, unwrapped toys or cash. Businesses were pitted against each other to see which could generate the most toy donations. The top three companies were Merrill Lynch, American Savings Bank and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

“We really didn’t expect to receive this honor,” said Diane Kimura, Vice President/Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, who accepted the Tricycle Cup trophy on the company’s behalf. “We just wanted to do our part and give the Marine Corps a hand while they serve the community. It’s the least we can do for the kids.”

For more information on Toys for Tots you can log on to www.toysfortots.org.