Letter from the O-Men President

Department: Athletics

O-Men

Chris Eldridge ’87, 2008 – 2009 O-Men President

During the last week of January, 35-plus members of the O-Men traveled to Kona to pick oranges, lemons, limes, tangelos, tangerines and avocados to be sold at Carnival. This year’s take was 18,000 pounds. That, combined with generous donations of produce here on O‘ahu, including more than 1,500 pounds from Aloun Farms, helped us surpass last year’s sales.

For more than 40 years, the O-Men have enjoyed each other’s camaraderie in Kona and at the farmers market during Carnival as we have raised money which, along with membership and additional fundraising, will allow the group to provide more than $28,000 in financial aid to qualified student athletes this school year.

Besides the numerous scholarships that the O-Men provide, 2008 – 2009 projects include a weight set for the baseball team, new sweats and travel bags for the soccer team, a framed copy of the Sports Illustrated article recognizing Punahou as the No. 1 high school athletic program in the country and funds to refurbish the Hall of Champions in the Athletic Office.

Special thanks go out to a number of individuals and companies who helped make this year’s event such a success: Randy Kam ’76, Rick Humphreys Jr. ’90, Mike Pfeffer ’87, John Field ’72, Gary Hogan – Royal Kona Resort, Alec Sou ’86 – Aloun Farms, Cappy Sheely ’60, the Punahou baseball team, Jerry Magoon ’52, John Honl ’48, Fred Cowell ’76, Malia May ’84 Lageman – Cardinal Mailing Services, Glenn Hong ’66 – Young Brothers, Chris and Lorri Redlew – Pacific Transfer, Barbara Burke ’56 Nobriga, Dr. Vince Brown, Billy Paris ’41, Margaret Paris ’47 Schattauer, Alan Wall ’58, Peter Greenwell ’57, Justin Yamamoto ’73, Al Valentin ’72, Scott Craven ’88, Guy Lam ’66, Nani Lee – Kona Food Bank, Roy Honda – Kona Farm Bureau, Albert Shiotsuka – Kona Transfer, Rich Erickson, John Freitas ’84, Brendan Moynahan ’85 – Hualalai Resort and Eric Schiff.

Aloha,

Chris Eldridge ’87

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