On Good Friday, April 6th, the Coast Guard Foundation celebrated the Coast Guard with a tribute dinner in Honolulu. The dinner recognized Coast Guard members of the 14th District who protect the shores of Hawaii to the distant reaches of Guam and American Samoa. The gala also honored U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka and Mrs. Mildred Akaka for their years of service to the men and women of the Coast Guard, and showcased Hawaii's unique history and culture.
In addition to honoring the Akakas and celebrating the service of Coast Guard personnel who enforce maritime law, protect our homeland and preserve the environment, the tribute raises vital funds to support the Coast Guard Foundation's important projects and programs that benefit the members of the Fourteenth District and their families.
The Coast Guard Foundation supports many projects in District 14 including providing college scholarships for children and grants for enlisted members. In 2008, following a fatal Coast Guard helicopter crash off the Honolulu coast, the Foundation established the Family Disaster Relief Fund, which provides assistance to family members of fallen servicemen and women lost in the line of duty.
"We are proud to honor Senator and Mrs. Akaka for their support and service the U.S. Coast Guard, and to honor the dedication and heroism of the extraordinary Coast Guard men and women of the Fourteenth District," said Anne B. Brengle, president of the Coast Guard Foundation. "This event is a meaningful evening to recognize our Fourteenth District heroes. The dinner is a great opportunity for all of us to give back to them."