Don Murphy came through again. The proprietor of Murphy’s Bar & Grill organized a midweek downtown block party Wednesday to raise money for Save Our Sports (the Hawaii public schools drive for donations to keep interscholastic sports going).
It was a huge success, as athletic department staffs, businesses, entertainers and around 100 volunteers got together to stage the event. Counting was still going on last night, but Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive director Keith Amemiya said it cleared at least $100,000. The SOS fund is now up to $1.2 million, enough to keep the sports going this year.
“I don’t want to say we met our goal, because it’s an ongoing situation,” Amemiya said. “It’s amazing how much people are willing to help even though everyone is suffering now with the economy the way it is. As Don Murphy said, Hawaii people are the most generous in the world.”
–By Dave Reardon