Finance Factors announced on Monday that local non-profit Pacific Gateway Center will receive $10,000 as a result of this year's 19th Annual Finance Factors Charity Breakfast.
The popular event gathered hundreds of people at Finance Factors Center in Downtown Honolulu on July 11, who showed up for a local-style breakfast of Kukui Brand Portuguese sausage, eggs and rice, prepared by over 80 Finance Factors employees who volunteered their time for the charitable cause.
Pacific Gateway Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that assists immigrants, refugees and low income people by providing social services and training, community economic development and culinary and retail micro-enterprise options.
"This meaningful gift from Finance Factors will directly support the hundreds of immigrants, refugees and low-income residents we provide services to every day," said Dr. Tin Myaing Thein, executive director of Pacific Gateway Center. "We would like to sincerely thank Finance Factors for selecting us as their beneficiary for this year's Finance Factors Charity Breakfast. The funds will have a significant impact on our Culinary Kitchen Incubator program and the food service industry entrepreneurs in our community."
As the first program of its kind in Hawaii, the Culinary Kitchen Incubator is designed to assist all local entrepreneurs interested in operating a business in the food service industry. Over the years, Pacific Gateway Center has established a solid track record as a frontrunner in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of innovative programs leading to self-sufficiency. For more information about the Pacific Gateway Center, please visit www.pacificgatewaycenter.org.
"As a local company, Finance Factors strongly believes in giving back to the communities we serve, and this year, we are proud to support Pacific Gateway Center and the budding entrepreneurs of its Culinary Kitchen Incubator," said Steven Teruya, president and chief operating officer of Finance Factors. "Finance Factors is thrilled to donate these funds to Pacific Gateway Center, a local nonprofit that provides much needed social services and support to residents statewide."
Founded by several island families in 1952, Finance Factors' commitment to philanthropy through its annual Charity Breakfast has raised over $106,000 for various charities for the past 19 years. Each year, Finance Factors selects a local, grassroots charity as a beneficiary of the event.