On March 2 the Filipino Community of Guam in conjunction with KGTF TV12 aired a special Buhay Pinoy telethon to raise funds to benefit the Leyte mudslide disaster. The telethon featured entertainment from Glenda Gilliam Bayanko — Djhun Gases Dededo Senior Citizens Dancers Manny Silva Leny Soledad and more. The telethon raised $8 000 that night. The next day people who weren’t able to make donations during the telethon called to do so. In all the telethon raised about $10 000.

On Feb. 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wendy’s held a fundraiser at its Tamuning and Barrigada locations for the Guam High School Honor Band. Wendy’s donated a portion of the proceeds of the entire day to benefit the young musicians travel fund to attend the 2006 Pacific Basin Music Festival in Honolulu. The event raised more than $3 000.

IT&E Overseas Inc. and its employees donated a $10 000 check to the American Red Cross to help in the recovery of areas affected by Hurricane Katrina on January 2006.

On Feb. 25 Makoto Namioka chairman of Commons Co. Ltd. of Tokyo presented the University of Guam Endowment Foundation with 20 table tennis tables. The donation is in preparation for the Commons Cup International Large Ball Table Tennis Tournament on April 16 and 17 at the UOG field house. About 150 players from Japan and 20 players from the Guam Table Tennis Association aged 50 or older will compete in the tournament.

The Federation of Pangasinanses started a non-perishable collection drive with National Office Supply on March 8. Donations were dropped off at the National Office Supply store in Barrigada and the Federation of Pangasinanses on Guam Center. The drive has collected enough items to almost fill a 40-foot container. Donations are still being accepted.

On March 15 the Island Tasi Boardsailing Club donated $1 000 to the family of Natsuke Iijima. The donation came from the proceeds of the 2006 Cocos Cup Windsurfing/Kiteboarding event held March 4 through 6 at the Cocos Island Resort in Merizo. A $500 will also be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Iijima was a windsurfer who died of liver cancer. At one point he was ranked the No. 1 windsurfer in Japan for eight years. The Cocos Cup began in 1999 but this was the first time it was dedicated to Iijima and other friends who have passed on.

IT&E Overseas Inc. donated $5 000 to the Filipino Community of Guam on March 1. The donation will be used to assist with relief efforts for victims of the recent landslide in the Philippine province of Leyte.

Sen. Adolpho Palacios of the 28th Guam Legislature donated 50 Department of Parks and Recreation lifeguard uniform shirts to DPR lifeguards on March 3. The donation supplemented the uniform allowance for the lifeguards.

Coca-Cola Micronesia Foremost Foods and Subway Investments Corp. donated drinks yogurt and sandwiches to the 20th annual American Red Cross walkathon fundraiser which was held March 18 in Saipan. Participants paid a minimum $15 donation. The goal of the event was to raise $45 000.On Feb. 14 Marcos W. Fong managing director for Subway Investments Corp. presented a $1 000 check to NMI Mathcounts. This is the fifth time Subway has sponsored the NMI Mathcounts.


Leonardo M. Rapadas U.S. attorney for Guam and the NMI presented a $122 721.27 check to the Guam Police Department and a $55 822.37 check to Guam Customs and Quarantine on March 14. The checks were their share under the Department of Justice forfeiture program from a forfeiture that involved items seized from several defendants involved with drugs.

Light in the Eve a non-profit group donated $8 000 to the Micronesian Legal Services Corp. on March 14. The donation came from the proceeds of the 4th Pineapple Ball held Feb. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Saipan. MBJ