LAHAINA - Lee and Barbara Potts, founders of People for Educational Equality, and owners at Aina Nalu will host the Aina Nalu Wine and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, May 25, with all donations supporting the Lahaina Complex After School Tutor Project.
Founded by Richard and Pat Endsley, the tutor project focuses on enriching the education of hundreds of students in West Maui.
The project has no guaranteed sustaining sponsor, so this fundraiser has become an essential resource.
The benefit is set for 6 to 9 p.m. at the Aina Nalu Pavilion located at 600 Wainee St. in Lahaina Town.
Tickets are $50 each and include two glasses of wine and a commemorative glass.
Pupus from a variety of local eateries will be served throughout the event. Sam Ahia, father of Howard Ahia, will provide entertainment.
"The last event held in May of 2011 raised over $16,000, and we are looking to have even more success this year," said Pat.
The Silent Auction Committee for this event has been working diligently for months to secure donations for the auction, which will feature varied and valuable items - from fine art pieces to a dinner with the mayor - that have been donated from local businesses and individuals, as well as some donations from program supporters on the Mainland.
There will be volunteers at the ready to help with the bidding, as well as ring up "Buy it Now" purchases inside the tent that will house the silent auction.
The event will be attended by prominent Maui political figures such as Sen. Roz Baker and Mayor Alan Arakawa, as well as many well-known longtime residents of Maui.
Tera Paleka of Guild Mortgage Company, the public relations representative for the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise, is a product of the Lahaina Complex schools and has a son who currently attends Lahaina Intermediate.
Paleka said, "Parents are integral to the success of the tutoring program, so I hope they will come out to attend the fundraiser as well."
"As a parent and a tutor, I believe, wholeheartedly, in the mission of the tutoring program. This fundraiser is a community-driven project which will have a measurable impact on Maui and its citizens, big and small," said Lisa Agdeppa, secretary of the board for People for Educational Equality.
To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit pfee.org or call (808) 344-5008.