Supporting Youth Here at Home
Family-owned design+build company hosts 13th annual holiday party for Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation
Graham Builders is known as the state’s most experienced design+ build company specializing in residential construction. It is also known for its big heart and history of giving back to the community through its long-time support of Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation (HCCF). In fact, the Graham Builders team was honored by the State of Hawaii as one of Hawaii’s Outstanding Advocates for Children and Youth in 2011, in large part due to its work with HCCF.
Thanks to Graham Builders, the children and families of HCCF enjoy festive food, presents and a visit from Santa Claus during the holiday season. This year’s party was held on Saturday, Dec. 8, and it marked 13 years in a row that Graham Builders hosted and organized the party at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children for more than 200 young patients and their families. And for those who have seen Graham Builders in action building a multigenerational home, it is no surprise that they efficiently handled everything for this party.
“It was Danny Graham, our company CEO, along with his wife Charlotte, who took on the task of organizing HCCF’s annual holiday party 13 years ago simply because they felt it was the right thing to do,” said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders’ President. “After a close family friend lost their grandchild to cancer, the Grahams wanted to do more and help in a bigger way. Prior to Graham Builders hosting the event, the parties used to be a potluck among the families. Then Danny stepped in, spiced it up and put true kamaaina holiday spirit into the party!”
Families have the opportunity to enjoy each other and the company of the others whose children are also facing life-threatening illnesses, providing them a time for a bit of respite and joy during a difficult period in their lives. The entire Graham Builders staff, including Fujimoto, served dinner to these special kids and their families.
“We are so grateful to the big hearts at Graham Builders for organizing HCCF’s annual holiday party for the past 13 years,” said HCCF president Randy Aina. “Graham Builders was the perfect host, and they put a true kamaaina holiday spirit into the party by personally serving lunch to all our families. It was nice to see their staff and leadership making sure that everyone is welcomed and taken care of. We appreciate their support. We couldn’t do this without their generosity.”
In 2007, Graham Builders expanded its support of HCCF by raising awareness on behalf of the nonprofit organization at each monthly “Building Your Home for Life” seminar. Every donation is matched by Graham Builders and the team helps educate seminar attendees about HCCF and why it’s so important to support the organization. Through this initiative, Graham Builders has collected more than $14,000 for HCCF.
“As long as there are kids with cancer, we’re going to continue to help,” said Fujimoto. “We won’t quit until there is a cure.”
“Every year, the Graham Builders holiday party is the highlight of the season for our HCCF families,” added Aina. “My favorite memories are seeing the joy on the faces of the children when Santa makes his entrance.”
Graham Builders has crafted quality homes that last for generations for the past 20 years. Graham Builders guides families through the design-build process, step-by-step with the most experienced professionals. One of the few design and build companies in the state to have dedicated designers on staff to create a family’s Home for Life, Graham Builders works closely with families through a collaborative process to bring their dreams to life. A leader in multi-generation homes and aging-in-place design, Graham Builders is able to provide its expertise to those who need to modify their current home so they can live there for a lifetime.
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