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Where is all began

Behind the Hampel Luau

The success of Peter Hampel’s Luau is due to the leadership and vision of the Hampel family. Over the past ten years, Peter Hampel and his family, along with the support of generous donors, partners, volunteers and attendees have raised over $334,000 net to provide vital funds for Rainbows’ programs and services.

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. Ten years ago, some of the Hampel cousins were discussing ways the company could participate in more community service projects. Hampel Oil was already participating in a lot of festivals and community events, but the cousins wanted to create their own project to benefit a non-profit organization. Ed and Nancy Hampel’s son, Peter, received Rainbows’ services for many years until he grew into an adult, so the family decided Rainbows was a natural fit. Because the family had tiki torches at their lake house, they decided that a luau themed event was also fitting. From there, Peter Hampel’s Luau was born!

The Luau has changed and evolved over the years, along with the business and Hampel family.  For example, when the Luau started, Hampel Oil had eight branches. Now, they have 18 branches across five states. The Hampel family has grown a lot as well. Ten years ago, there were two great grandchildren. Now, there are 12 great grandchildren, plus two more on the way.

“Rainbows’ has provided therapy and education for children in the Hampel family and for children of Hampel Oil employees. Rainbows’ services have been instrumental for early intervention and continued development for children with special needs,” said Ed and Nancy Hampel. “It is truly amazing how many families in our community have been touched by Rainbows and depend on their services, which is why Hampel Oil has committed to helping Rainbows continue their efforts.”

Peter Hampel’s 10th Annual Luau was on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Tanganyika Wildlife Park and raised $54,000 net for children with special needs and their families in our community. This is the highest amount raised in the history of the event—what an accomplishment and especially for the event’s 10th annual milestone! Over 500 guests enjoyed the event’s activities that included: exploring Tanganyika Wildlife Park, a BBQ dinner, face painting, silent auction, raffle, snow cones, cotton candy and much more.

 “Throughout their history, the Hampels continue to share the importance of philanthropy and a sense of community through not only their family but also their company,” said Rainbows’ President, Deb Voth. “On behalf of Rainbows, sincere thanks to each and every Hampel family member and employee. You are having a positive impact on so many children served through Rainbows!”