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Sayre Foundation Gala Fundraiser to support Hawaii County Fire and Rescue efforts

The 16th Annual Daniel Robert Sayre Memorial Foundation Awards and Fundraising Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.

The evening includes a buffet dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony. The gala evening will include dancing to the live dance band Vizion 20/20. Tickets are $95 per person, including tax and gratuity. For an invitation, send a request to, or call 325-5456.

In addition to attending the dinner, you can support this event by sponsoring a dinner at $85.50, for one or more firefighters and their spouse, you can bid in the silent auction, or buy actual items needed by the HCFD at the live auction.

The Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation was created 16 years ago when Frank and Laura Sayre lost their son in a hiking accident. It took the fire and rescue team 10 hours through perilous conditions to recover his body. The family found out later that with the proper equipment, the fire and rescue team could have made the recovery much quicker and without putting their own lives at risk. The Daniel Robert Sayre Memorial Foundation was founded to honor the dedication of Hawaii Island fire and rescue workers and to help purchase essential rescue equipment.

The Foundation will honor the following Hawaii County Fire Department personnel, recommended by member of the department, for their meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty: Captain James Pacheco, fire equipment operator; fire rescue specialists Tad Fujii, Justin Neeson, Edward McClellan, Adam Ranne, Michael Sohriakoff, Marc Farinas, Bran Keopuhiwa, Chadwick Chun Fat, and James Wilson; acting fire rescue specialist James Kupahu; Chopper 1 pilot Lowell Ching; fire medical specialist II Kilipaki Kanae; water safety officers Joy Mills, Waika Koanui and Sean Gallagher, and firefighter Jeff Maki.

For an updated item listing, visit the foundation’s website at The Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit foundation, and all donations are tax-deductible.