Hometown Heroes: Porsche Club raises funds for The Food Basket

  • The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club kicked off its monthly tour Saturday with “The Parade of Porsches! Shine ‘em Up!” and a donation to The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club cruises on Saddle Road Saturday. The club raised $2,500 for The Food Basket, Hawaii Island's lone food bank via “The Parade of Porsches! Shine ‘em Up!" (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Jeff Anderson and girlfriend, Alicia, pose for a photo at Old Kona Airport Park during The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club monthly tour kickoff Saturday with “The Parade of Porsches! Shine ‘em Up!” and a donation to The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Members of The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club cruise on Alii Drive. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)(Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Members of The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club cruise on Alii Drive. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club vehicles are seen Saturday afternoon following a fundraising tour. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club made a stop at the Gilbert Kahele Recreation Area off Daniel K. Inouye Highway. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club kicked off its monthly tour Saturday with “The Parade of Porsches! Shine ‘em Up!” and a donation to The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Editor’s note: Each Wednesday, West Hawaii Today is publishing a story about individuals, groups or organizations that have helped make life better for others in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club kicked off its monthly tour Saturday with “The Parade of Porsches! Shine ‘em Up!” and a donation to The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank.

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The tour began at 10 a.m. at Prince Kuhio Mall where the club and its members gathered with representatives of The Food Basket, including Executive Director Kristin Frost-Albrecht and the crew, to donate $1,000 from the club. An additional $750 was collected during the event and matched by the club for a total donation of $2,500 to The Food Basket.

“Beyond our expectations!” said club president Gunner Mench.

The tour paraded through Hilo town and then proceeded to Daniel K. Inouye Highway and over the Saddle to Mamalahoa Highway to Kona where they assembled at the Old Kona Airport Park in Kailua-Kona. The parade then proceeded on Kuakini Highway to Alii Drive to Walua Road in Kailua-Kona.

The parade featured more than 20 cars and over 30 people. The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club currently boasts a membership of 150 people.

The next tour is slated for Sept. 12, starting from Waikoloa Village and heading to Hilo.

The Porsche Club of America Big Island Hawaii Club is a 501(c)(7) nonprofit club recognized by the IRS, however, donations the club accepts are not tax deductible. It was chartered in 2018.

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For more information, visit bih.pca.org.

Know a Hometown Hero that should be highlighted next Wednesday? It can be anybody, from a youngster doing good for the community, to a professional helping with the COVID-19 pandemic, or even a kupuna! Please send your nominations to cjensen@westhawaiitoday.com with the subject: Hometown Heroes Nomination. Please include the hero’s name, contact information and what makes them a hero.

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