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ADH Receives the 11th Annual Mike Lyons Community Award

ADH Receives the 11th Annual Mike Lyons Community Award

The support of our community is so important to the work we do! Without opportunities to raise money, we would not be able to help so many people in need in our state. We were thrilled to be a 2014 Recipient of the Mike Lyons Community Award.

As Assistance Dogs of Hawaii continues to expand its services on Maui and the outer islands, there is a growing number of children and adults in wheelchairs that visit the facility for different programs each week. The $5000 grant from the Mike Lyons Community Award will be a huge benefit to the people we serve by allowing us to expand our training facility to include wheelchair accessible paths and trails for the hundreds of disabled Maui residents that visit. The wheelchair accessible paths will also help provide additional areas for the training of our Service Dogs.

The award is presented annually by Bank of Hawaii Foundation in honor of the late, retired Bank of Hawaii Senior Vice President and Maui District Manager Michael H. Lyons II. Lyons was a dedicated community leader and served as a role model throughout his 41-year career with the bank.

“Mike Lyons was instrumental in helping us obtain the land for our training center in upcountry Maui. We are so thankful for his vision and support,” says Executive Director Mo Maurer.

About the Mike Lyons Community Award

The award is open to any nonprofit 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization in Maui County. Selection is based on: a) exemplary fulfillment of the organization’s mission; b) the leadership demonstrated by the organization’s executive director and board; and c) the organization’s engagement in one of the following focus areas: community development, education, human services, and arts and culture.

About Mike Lyons
Mike Lyons began his career at Bank of Hawaii in 1961 as a trainee and worked his way up to senior vice president and Maui regional manager, retiring in 2000. Throughout his career, Lyons served on the boards of numerous community groups and was instrumental in founding several nonprofit organizations on Maui. Among his many roles, he served as founder and chairman of the Maui Economic Development Board; governor of District 500 (Hawaii) Rotary International; president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, Kahului Rotary Club, and the J. Walter Cameron Center; chairman of Maui United Way; and treasurer and board member of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Lyons passed away on March 26, 2004.

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