The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands has turned over the proceeds of the 19th Annual HANMI Charity Classic Golf Tournament to the Pacific Mini Games Organizing Committee in support of the CNMI’s hosting of the regional competition scheduled for next year.
HANMI chair Gloria Cavanagh and treasurer Michael Johnson handed over the $12,750 check to Pacific Mini Games Organizing Committee chair Marco Peter last Tuesday at the conference room of the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games chief executive officer Ben Babauta, Northern Marianas Sports Association president Jerry Tan, and other officials and members of the committee were also present at the donation turnover ceremony.
“As we continue our preparations for the Pacific Mini Games 2022 any assistance we could get from our community, whether in-kind or in cash or even volunteer work will be very helpful. With that said, I would like to thank HANMI and the players and sponsors who supported the golf tournament for this donation,” Peter said.
“The Mini Games is not just the work of the organizing committee or NMSA. We need the support of our entire CNMI community to deliver a successful Mini Games and to help prepare our athletes and officials for the competition,” he added.
Cavanagh, meanwhile, said that HANMI donated the tournament proceeds to the Mini Games as they know how important the event is to the CNMI. The Commonwealth is hosting the Mini Games for the first time with the competition slated for June 17 to 25.
“We’re happy that we’re able to raise funds to help in the preparations for the Pacific Mini Games. We also welcome the organizing committee’s decision to consider housing athletes and officials in different hotels due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cavanagh.
Babauta said discussions are ongoing regarding rates and availability of hotel rooms for the accommodation of Mini Games delegates. As of last Tuesday, Babauta reported that numerical entries for the Mini Games are at 1,425 for athletes and 468 for officials/support group from 21 countries.