Mystery Guest To Attend The GIFT Foundation Event

Yu Shing Ting
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Wednesday - June 24, 2009

The GIFT Foundation’s annual charity event, which usually takes place in October, is still in its planning stages. However, board members have revealed to MidWeek that a mystery guest has RSVP’d, even though designated invites have yet to be sent out.

According to Jonathan McManus, co-chairman of The GIFT Foundation, a distant appeal from an estranged socialite named Loren Ipsum to RSVP has been received and processed.


McManus adds that a check from a Swedish bank for an undisclosed amount was enclosed in the envelope postmarked Guilin, China. There also was a note that read: “I would like to attend your event, and upon your permission say a few words to your esteemed guests,” signed Loren Ipsum.

“I have to admit that when it was first received we were all a bit skeptical as to who this person was, how he knew about The GIFT Foundation and what his connection to our event will be,” stated McManus. “But once we took into consideration the fortitude it took to write from China asking to attend, we saw no validity in denying such a request, even if he does not show up.”

Modeled after its sister foundation in Boston, The GIFT (Giving Inspiration for Tomorrow) Foundation of Hawaii is a nonprofit organization run by young professionals who are dedicated to making a difference in the community. Its mission is to encourage young adults to participate in philanthropic giving.

Each year, the GIFT Board takes an active role in coordinating the “most talked about” annual fundraiser and selects a grantee to receive the proceeds raised from this event. Past beneficiaries include Hui Malama Learning Center, Spirit Sessions, Kanu Hawaii, the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center and Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, The North Shore Community Land Trust, Ohia Productions, Positive Coaching Alliance Hawaii, MA’O Farms and College Connections Hawaii.

McManus says details on whether or not Ipsum will be allowed to speak have not yet been finalized. The board is hoping to learn more about this mystery guest before it makes its decision.

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