Remember back in high school when classmates would vote for who was “Most Likely to Succeed,” “Cutest Couple” and “Class Clown”?
At Baldwin High on Maui, the Class of 1940 predicted that Blossom Tyau would become “a leader in professional circles, clubs, charitable organizations and community volunteers arenas.” The honor student also was described as having “won the hearts of everyone by her wit and humorous antics.”
And the praise keeps coming. On Oct. 29, Tyau will be honored by the Palolo Chinese Home for her lifetime of service to the community with the organization’s first Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. Tyau, 87, has been a volunteer with PCH for more than 20 years. As vice chairwoman of the home’s capital campaign, she helped raise more than $14.5 million for redevelopment of the senior care facility campus and creation of a skilled nursing/rehab facility in 2009. She also served on the annual Dynasty Invitational Golf Tournament Steering Committee for 18 years.
But these are just her most-recent endeavors. Throughout her 40-year career in the travel industry, Tyau would volunteer her time and talents to multiple organizations, including the East-West Center Foundation, the Bishop Museum, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at UH Manoa, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Kapiolani Community College’s Culinary Arts Program. She even put her college education on hold in her junior year at UH to work with the U.S. Army Port and Service Command as part of the defense efforts during World War II.
“Blossom’s efforts to improve human welfare through fundraising span decades,” says PCH CEO Darryl Ing.
“I’ve attained gratifying success in my field, but only from a continuing learning quest and a ‘Mrs. Degree’ from the College of Hard Knocks,” adds Tyau, who has two grown children with husband Vernon.
Help celebrate Tyau next Friday at “Celebrating Community Volunteerism - A Lifetime of Service.” It starts at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host cocktail reception at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa’s Coral Ballroom and continues with a dinner and program at 6:30. Business attire is required.
Tickets cost $150 each, and sponsorship tables are available. Funds raised from the evening will help subsidize PCH residents who cannot afford the full cost of care. Call 739-6033 for more reservations and more information.
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