Hall of Fame Gala III
Five very special ladies were honored at our annual Hall of Fame Gala which was held on September 8, 2012 at the Pacific Beach Hotel. The audience was entertained by the group, A Touch of Gold, and later by the antics of Michael Perry & Larry Price. The silent auction as always was a big hit with artwork, quilts, vacation packages and jewelry, and many bought raffle tickets for a chance to win a trip to the mainland. The proceeds raised by the gala benefits our tuition assistance program.
Helen Souza. The late Mrs. Helen Souza will be remembered for her beautiful quilts which she generously gave to both our annual Ohana Fairs and Galas. Her exquisite workmanship brightened any room and caused many bidding wars which brought thousands of dollars to Saint Francis School. Mrs. Souza was a loving and caring mother who was deeply religious and considered Saint Francis School as her third grandchild. Through her and her husband’s generosity, they established the Helen and Peter Souza Endowment Fund which benefited many students who were in need. Mrs. Helen Souza is recognized for her giving spirit and exemplifies the core of the Franciscan values.
Phyllis Leimomi Martin Stephenson ’55. Leimomi served on the School Board of Directors for six years and as Alumni President for 10 years. Mrs. Stephenson was the driving force behind organizing the first Alumni Homecoming Luau and a strong supporter of the Fashion Show during the ’90s. Leimomi’s compassion for the less fortunate guided her to do great deeds with the Girl Scouts, American Cancer Society, Aloha Health Care facility and Pohai Nani Resident Care. Phyllis is a caregiver by nature whose tenacity for life and strong community involvement embodies the Spirit of Saint Francis.
Sweetie Pacarro. Sweetie exemplifies the term “Community Service.” She is a wife, mother of three, the producer of the Perry & Price Show, and spokesperson for Kraft Foods Hawaii. Everyone recognizes her high energy and bubbly voice. Throughout her broadcasting career in Hawaii, she has unselfishly given her time and energy to promote, recognize and honor individuals at sporting events and charities. On any given weekend, Sweetie can be found at some community event interviewing, emceeing or helping out at fundraisers. Sweetie personifies the Franciscan Spirit.
Dr. Shirley A. Tamoria ’73. Dr. Tamoria has used her knowledge and experience in medicine to improve the lives of impoverished people from Peru and Guatemala to Sri Lanka, Uganda and Kenya. She has also provided medical assistance to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and to war-torn areas of Sudan where she has participated in missions sponsored by Mercy Beyond Borders to provide medical aid and assistance to women with HIV/AIDS. She received the San Francisco Business Times Service Award in 2010 for her devoted service in her community. Dr. Tamoria exemplifies the Franciscan Spirit with her dedication and passion to provide the needy with medical services. She is presently a senior physician at Kaiser Permanente here in Hawaii.
Hall of Fame Inductee
Annie Kawasaki ’01. Annie was the 2000 State Cross Country Champion and the 2001 State Track and Field 1500 Meter Champion representing Saint Francis School along with four years as an ILH All Star. Annie also ran in the Boston Marathon in 2010 and 2011. While attending Saint Francis she was class president in her sophomore and junior year and student organization president in her senior year. She was a member of Campus Ministry, Quill & Scroll, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club and the National Honor Society. Annie exemplifies the character and achievements of a well-rounded Saint Francis woman. She went on to graduate from Portland State University where she ran on a Division I scholarship and is currently working for Nike in the running division as the northwest pacer.
The Gala benefits the Tuition Assistance Program
Head of School, Sister Joan of Arc Souza “Saint Francis of Assisi prayed that God would make him an instrument of peace, that God would give him the strength to bring light where he found darkness, joy where there was sorrow; Saint Francis believed it is in giving that we receive. Saint Francis School awards tuition assistance to deserving students so that they may have the opportunity to share in the Saint Francis experience which encourages them to become instruments bringing God’s peace, light, and joy to their world.”
2012 Hall of Fame Gala Planning Committee:
- Douglas Won – Co-Chair
- Russell Figueiroa – Co-Chair
- Marie Weite ’76
- Ray and Rebecca Sanborn
- Joyce (Caravalho) Won ’76, Alumni Relations
- Sister Joan of Arc Souza ’61, Head of School
- Sol and Doreen Batoon, Athletic Director and Development Director
- Heather and Curt Mendonsa
- Laurie Sickel
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SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, September 8, 2012