Toys for Tots corporate sponsors hold annual holiday reception
By Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil
| | November 19, 2009
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.