When the Hampel family decided to turn an annual 4th of July celebration into a small fundraiser, they never imagined it would evolve into the event it is today. Eleven years ago, the third generation Hampels had a vision to improve their local community. Philanthropic in nature, they wanted to create their own project to benefit a non-profit organization.
Ed and Nancy Hampel, second generation Hampels, suggested Rainbows because their son, Peter, received services. Rainbows has also been instrumental in providing services and resources for children of Hampel Oil employees. Because the family already had tiki torches at their lake house, a Luau themed event was the perfect fit!
In the event’s first year, the Hampels hosted 50-60 people at their lake house and raised over $16,000. As the event grew, the Hampel Family partnered with Tanganyika Wildlife Park to host the Luau. Now, over 500 people attend the annual event which includes private access to Tanganyika, dinner and dessert, silent auction and lots of family fun!
With the support of generous donors, partners, volunteers and attendees, the Luau has raised over $380,000 in net proceeds to provide vital funds for Rainbows’ programs and services such as target case management, autism support, infant toddler services, Camp Woodchuck, family support services and more.
The success of Peter Hampel’s Luau is due to the leadership and vision of the Hampel family. In fact, this event has made a significant impact in the agency’s history. Rainbows is grateful for the Hampels’ support of children with special needs and their families in our community.
-Blair Miller, Special Events Coordinator