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by Hannah Beach, staff writer

Members of the Press Club at HPU who volunteered to help at Hawai‘i Public Radio phone drives were among the volunteers honored by the Radio Station at the Waikiki Aquarium Jan. 27. About 150 of the station’s volunteers attended the event. They were treated to a buffet-style meal and provided drinks throughout the evening. Free admission to the aquarium was a part of the evening, and five outstanding volunteers at the station won awards for hours donated or for arranging services such as catering for the phone drive.

This is the station’s sixth volunteer event according to Gene Evens, HPR’s Listener Services manager. The station tries to hold one once a year and fits it in whereever room is available in the calendar. Before the guests left they were handed a bag filled with items, each one was different, and a free t-shirt.

Hawai‘i Public Radio “couldn’t exist without the volunteers,” said Evans. “Their energy and wisdom invigorates the staff.”

HPR is a nonprofit organization with 17 full-time employees for two stations. The event was funded by donations from local food companies and other resources. To run the station itself, two phone drives are held, one in the fall and another in the spring. The next phone drive will be held from April 9 through 19. Interested volunteers should e-mail kalamalama@hpu.edu or Evans: gevans@hawaiipublicradio.org.

 

 

 

 

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