PIC’s ‘Sharing Seeds’ proceeds go to Karidat

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Posted on Jul 01 2020

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Lauri Ogumoro, executive director of Karidat Social Services, sixth from left, poses with the Gloria Cavanagh, Pacific Island’s Club general manager, second from left, Dennis Seo, assistant general manager of PIC, third from left, and Brian Shin, chief executive officer of Micronesia Resort Inc. (Kensington Hotel Saipan), eighth from left, after receiving the $10,525 donation that came from PIC’s Sharing Seeds program last June 30 at PIC in San Antonio. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The management of Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio donated a total of $10,525 that came from PIC’s Sharing Seeds program to its selected beneficiary, Karidat Social Service, last June 30 at PIC.

The Sharing Seeds program is a charity campaign in which the guest of the resort pays an entry fee of $1 to $10 as a donation. Those who participate in the program learn the value of sharing and the joy of charity or goodwill, while also enjoying their vacation.

According to Lindsay Ahn, E-Land’s corporate social responsibility manager, the Sharing Seeds program funds were originally supposed to go to the Beautiful Store Foundation in Korea, which is the official partner of the program; however, this year the management of PIC Saipan convinced their company to have the funds donated locally.

“This is a donation from our guests, and we have a responsibility to make sure it serves the right purpose on behalf of them. We acknowledge Karidat’s continued commitment to aid families in needs, especially in times like these,” said Gloria Cavanagh, general manager of PIC Saipan.

Cavanagh added that the impact of COVID-19 will last for an unknown period of time in many ways and on many levels and that PIC’s guests would be content with this decision as they can be a part of a good cause by helping people of the island they love.

The $10,525 donation was the total amount collected from 2018 to early 2020; most of the donors were tourists from Korea. The funds will be designated to Karidat’s family services program, which provides aid to families experiencing economic hardship.

PIC Saipan served as a quarantine site until recently. Along with its sister hotels—Kensington Hotel Saipan and Coral Ocean Golf Resort—it has also donated relief goods and care packages that were distributed to the public and health care front-liners earlier this year.

Justine Nauta
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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