Local businessman Dick Gushman has donated $100,000 to Hawaii Public Radio. The announcement was made Monday morning.
Gushman will get one million Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles which he will donate to help transport families from the neighbor islands to Oahu for medical care.
"It has been extremely satisfying to see the station's technology, programming, and reliability improve over the decades -- the organization has earned my respect and support," said Gushman, who has been an active HPR member since 1986.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Gushman is the former director of Hawaiian Electric Industries, American Savings Bank and The James Campbell Company. Currently, he is the sole owner and president of the DGM Group. He also serves as managing general partner and majority owner of Summit Financial Resources. Gushman is also the director of Outrigger Enterprises Group, Servco Pacific Inc., Chevrolet and Subaru products in Hawaii and the Pacific; and Hilo Hattie.
HPR says this is one of the largest individual donations in its 32-year history.
Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children's Family Fund will be the beneficiary of the HawaiianMiles.
HPR raises approximately 65 percent of its $4.2 million operating budget from individual donations, primarily through regular semi-annual pledge drives. One of the most popular incentives for contribution is the "thank you gift" from Hawaiian Airlines providing 10 HawaiianMiles for every dollar pledged, with a minimum pledge of $120.
HPR’s Celebration 2013 fund drive launches on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Its targeted goal -- necessary to meet programming and operational costs for the next six months -- is $992,000. Hawaiian Airlines’ offer of 10 frequent-flyer miles per dollar for pledges of $120 or more continues until Oct. 25.