By: Press Release | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
HONOLULU – In the spirit of the holidays and the season of giving, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser noted a special milestone has been reached in 2012: the newspaper and its subscribers have given more than $3 million this year to local charities, not-for-profit organizations, the arts and other community initiatives.
“We are extremely honored to support local charities and community groups and their profound work in the past year,” said Dennis Francis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser president and publisher. “This commitment to the community is an integral part of our philosophy of not only reporting on the pulse of the community but contributing to important efforts.”
Nearly $460,000 of the more than $3 million donated in 2012 came from donations made by Honolulu Star-Advertiser subscribers as part of the Subscriber Donation Campaign, which allows subscribers to make financial donations when they renew their newspaper subscriptions.
In October, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser made its largest Subscriber Donation Program monetary donation when it presented a $140,000 check to the Kapi‘olani Health Foundation for the Campaign for Hawaii’s Children, to support the expansion and renovation of the Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children.
“We are extremely grateful to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for the groundswell of support from its readers and subscribers. Their individual decisions to support Kapi‘olani resulted in their significant, collective gift of $140,000,” said Michael Robinson, Kapi‘olani Health Foundation president. “The innovative approach that the Star-Advertiser took to connect their daily business with supporting our hospital is a clear demonstration of their commitment to our community and a model for other businesses who would like to support nonprofits like Kapi‘olani.”
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s charitable support was not just monetary, it also involved in-kind donations, value trades, gift certificates and sponsorships. Among the more than 100 organizations that received support this year was March of Dimes and Hospice Hawaii.
“The partnership of Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s management and employees is a demonstration of their commitment to our community and the children and families that we serve,” said Carmella Hernandez, March of Dimes state director. “We were honored to present Dennis Francis with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award for Distinguished Community Service at our Governors’ Ball in November in recognition of his leadership in this area.”
Tori Abe, Hospice Hawaii’s director of marketing and development, said the Honolulu Star-Advertiser was critical to the success of this year’s Na Hoa Malama Benefit Fundraiser.
“The Star-Advertiser’s donations will help us continue providing critical hospice care and support in the coming year to people with life-limiting illness and their families,” she said.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is Oahu’s leading provider of in-depth, consistent and credible local news and information. It has an average weekly readership of 493,303 or 70 percent of Oahu adults, according to Scarborough Research. Its website, staradvertiser.com, receives more than 19 million monthly page views worldwide and is “liked” by 124,831 Facebook users, ranking 7th in the nation among daily newspapers as measured by Google Analytics. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is the flagship publication of Oahu Publications, Inc., whose portfolio includes MidWeek, the Hawaii Army Weekly, Hawaii Marine, Ho‘okele Weekly, HILuxury, and a growing roster of community periodicals and in-room resort magazines.