Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island Honors Youth & Supporters

February 20, 2018, 8:26 AM HST
* Updated February 20, 8:29 AM
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Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island (BGCBI) invites Hawaiʻi’s community to its 2018 Youth of the Year Celebration & Fundraiser on Friday, March 2, 2018, at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel’s Moku Ola Ballroom, starting at 5:30 pm.

The Youth of the Year event will be an inspiring evening filled with youth member performances that will warm your heart with ‘oli, mele, moʻolelo and kalena to celebrate ‘ohana, community and ‘āina.

The event will also include a banquet-style meal, silent and live auctions, guest speakers and honoring outstanding community supporters.

The Youth of the Year program is Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier youth recognition program for club members. This program promotes and celebrates service to club, community and family; academic performance; moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability.

Along with awarding the Big Island Youth of the Year, BGCBI will honor community supporters who have been instrumental in the clubs’ success:


William Walter: Honoree of the Year
Walter served as board chair of BGCBI from 2009 to 2011. He helped bring stability and executive expertise to BGCBI during his terms on the board and continues to serve as a valued adviser. He is chairman and CEO of W.H. Shipman Ltd. With this award,
he is honored for his high energy and unwavering support of Big Island youth.


Russell Chin: Champion of Youth Award
This award will honor Chin for his generous support and steadfast commitment to Hawaiʻi Island youth. He was a BGCBI board member for over 10 years and for years he headed up our Annual Tee Off for Kids Golf Tournament Fundraiser. In 2013, he led the development of the Youth of the Year on Hawai‘i Island. He is Matson’s district manager for
Hawaiʻi Island. With this award, he will be honored for his dedication to Hawaiʻi Island youth.

For more information, visit, call (808) 961-5536 or email [email protected]

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