The theme of the annual fundraiser for the J. Walter Cameron Center is “Casino Night! Viva Las Vegas!” The event promises to be a fun-filled evening packed with live music, dinner, dancing, exciting Las Vegas-style entertainment and legal gambling tables, including Black Jack, Texas Hold’em and Let It Ride poker, bingo, roulette, craps, and silent and live auctions—and all for a good cause.
Individual tickets are expected to go fast at $125 each; a table for 10 is $1,250. All proceeds will support the operations and ongoing upgrades at the Cameron Center, a critical component of the infrastructure supporting Maui’s health and social service provider community by offering appropriate, low-cost office and program space to 18 nonprofit agencies and organizations that primarily serve Maui’s very low-, low- and moderate-income residents.
In making the fundraising announcement, center Executive Director Cesar Gaxiola said, “For the past 38 years, the Cameron Center has provided an affordable home for many critically important nonprofit/community agencies that serve over 30,000 Maui families every year.”
The J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku is a critical component of the infrastructure supporting Maui’s health and social service provider community, offering appropriate, low-cost office and program space to 18 nonprofit agencies and organizations that primarily serve Maui’s very low-, low- and moderate-income residents.
Among Maui’s nonprofits, the Cameron Center is the leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems installation and energy conservation programs.
For example, the Kāhi Kamali‘i Infant/Toddler Center on the Cameron Center grounds, in partnership with Maui Economic Opportunity’s award-winning Head Start programs, generates all the electricity it needs as a result of the installation of 66 PV panels. It is estimated that the innovative energy project will save the childcare program over $60,000 in the next 20 years.
Additional PV installations on the main buildings of the Cameron Center, plus other energy-saving initiatives, have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost reductions since 2008.
The J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St. in Wailuku, is the home of 18 Resident Social Service Agencies, including A Keiki’s Dream, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association of Hawai‘i, ARC of Maui County, Best Buddies International, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Hawai‘i, Heritage Hall Inc., Hui No Ke Ola Pono Inc., Imua Family Services, Juvenile Counseling Program, Ka Lima O Maui, Maui Community Mental Health, Mediation Services of Maui, Mental Health Association, MEO Kāhi Kamali‘i, Pacific Cancer Foundation and PATCH.
J. Walter Cameron Center Meeting Facilities provide space to over 200 community organizations and businesses throughout the year and also serves as the state’s second largest site for blood donations.
The Cameron Center receives no government program funding, and for almost a generation has relied on the generosity of committed companies and the generous people of Maui for support.