Shawn Haruno & Kalani Miller
Shawn Haruno and Kalani Miller are getting locked up. The charges? Having a big heart.
The Mobile Gamer Guys owners will be put behind bars Aug. 11 as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Lock-Up, when local business and community leaders agree to be “arrested” to raise money for Jerry’s kids.
“I thought it was a great idea and good way to raise money for MDA,” says Miller, who volunteered business partner and long-time friend Haruno for the cause.
“I didn’t want to do it alone, so I just dropped his name and they (MDA coordinators) contacted him. But you know what? He’s already raised more money than me! I gotta get crackin’.”
The basis for the lock-up is simple: Go online to either joinmda.org/MyLockup/MyHomepage/tabid/154317/Participant/sharuno/Defaul t.aspx (for Haruno) or joinmda.org/MyLockup/-MyHomepage/tabid/154317/Participant/kalani0/Default.aspx (Miller) and pledge anywhere between $30 and $2,000 to “bail” the guys out of “jail.” All donations will stay in Hawaii to be used by MDA toward research, operational costs and sending children suffering from muscular dystrophy on a week-long getaway at Camp Erdman.
The pair have worked with MDA before, lending their Mobile Gamer Guys buses stocked with the latest Xbox and Nintendo Wii systems and games to the nonprofit’s Beef Stew Concert at Bishop Museum.
They also volunteer with Special Olympics Hawaii, Hawaii Foodbank, American Lung Association and community, school and youth fundraisers throughout the year, but say they’re looking at ways to partner up with a nonprofit on a more regular basis.
“We’re out there trying to do our part as far as community service. We’re more of a high-tech fundraiser,” says Miller, a West Side boy from Ewa Beach.
“It’s a different way of raising money,” adds Haruno, who was born and raised in Mililani. “It’s more fun than selling chili tickets.”
Get in touch with the guys at mobilegamerguys.com or 692-2729.
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