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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             February 9, 2006

Release No. M-13-06






            Mayor Mufi Hannemann today thanked the National Football League for giving $100,000 to 16 Hawaii non-profit organizations. The grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 and bring to $1.1 million the total given to local charities as part of the NFL Charities Pro Bowl Grant Program over the past 11 years.

            “We are happy to welcome the NFL back to Honolulu this week for its 27th consecutive Pro Bowl in Honolulu,” said the mayor. “We applaud the good citizenship they have demonstrated through the years with these grants to worthy community organizations.”

            This year’s grants were announced in a ceremony in the mayor’s office today. The recipients are:

·       $10,000: Waikiki Community Center and Hale Kipa, Inc.

·       $7,500: Valley of Rainbows and Hawaii Primary Care Association.

·       $7,000: Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America.

·       $6,500: Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island and YWCA of Oahu.

·       $5,000: Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation; Honolulu Armed Services YMCA; Lighthouse Outreach Center AOG; Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii; YMCA of Honolulu/Camp Erdman; Ohana Komputer; Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Island Division, and HUGS/Help, Understanding and Group Support.

            Earlier today, Hannemann presented NFL Senior Vice President for Special Events Frank Supovitz with a key to the City during the noontime Pro Bowl Kickoff Rally at Tamarind Park. Hannemann has helped Honolulu keep the Pro Bowl despite bids by other cities to host the game. The mayor negotiated two contract extensions, as director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism under Gov. John Waihee and later, as a special appointee of Gov. Ben Cayetano.

            Pro Bowl Week events, all of which are free and open to the public, include:

  • Pro Bowl Football Festival, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Kapiolani Park. Families are invited to attend. The festival includes youth football clinics, games, autographs, souvenirs and entertainment. The mayor will be there from 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Pro Bowl ‘Ohana Day Celebration, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, at Aloha Stadium. This is a new event aimed at giving the public – local residents and visitors alike – a sneak preview of the Pro Bowl by showcasing NFL players, community, military, local sports and entertainment all-stars. The celebration includes fan contests and a preview of the Pro Bowl’s half-time entertainment. The mayor will be there from 9 a.m.
  • Sunset on the Beach – Pro Bowl Style, from 5 p.m. Saturday, at Queen’s Beach in Waikiki. A present NFL player and a former NFL player will be honored by the City.  This is a tradition Hannemann began last year, when he honored UH football coach June Jones, a former player and head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, and Itula Mili of the Seattle Seahawks. The movies “The Road to the Super Bowl” and “Batman Begins” will be shown. Hannemann is scheduled to be there from 6 to 7 p.m.

The Pro Bowl kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday at Aloha Stadium.






            Bill Brennan, 527-6928

            Mark Matsunaga, 527-5767

Thursday, February 09, 2006

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