With its 2013 Green Gala fundraiser just a few days away, the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance knocked on the Rotary Club of Saipan’s doors yesterday, hoping to solicit some items for its auction.
MINA chair Frankie Elliptico and executive director Sam Sablan were guests of the civic organization’s weekly meeting at the Hyatt Regency Saipan on Tuesday and the former said all appears to be set for the non-profit group’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Elliptico said that money raised at this year’s Green Gala will go a long way toward funding MINA’s various year-round projects.
Among the projects Elliptco said MINA is currently involved with are the Obyan Rehabilitation Project, the Teacher Environmental Camp, the Marine Debris Prevention, Tasi Watch Project, and the Adopt-A-Bin Project.
Aside from a couple of environmental awards, MINA will also hold a silent auction of prizes and services donated by companies and individuals during the 2013 Green Gala on Sept. 7.
Elliptico asked Rotary Club members to donate items or services for the auction. Last year, for instance, several accountants and auditors offered tax services. This year, Elliptico said, a chef from Hyatt Regency actually offered to cook for one evening for a party of four as his donation for the auction.
“No prize is too small and we get what we can and accept what is offered,” he said.
Rotary Club member Agnes McPhetres gave MINA and Elliptico some encouragement when she egged members at the helm of companies like McDonald’s Saipan, Bank of Saipan, and the like to donate tems for auction.
The 6th Annual Green Gala is set for this Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan Hibisuc Hall. Rotary Club’s Curtis Dancoe will emcee the event.
Tickets can be bought online at www.minapacific.org or by visiting the MINA office in Gualo Rai, next to the Division of Environmental Quality. You can also call 233-7333 (REEF).
While MINA has no title sponsors as of this time, the grand sponsors that have so far signed up for the 2013 Green Gala include the Tan Siu Lin Foundation and the Joeten Charitable Foundation. Major sponsors include Docomo Pacific, Bank of Guam, and Bridge Capital Investments.