HONOLULU, HAWAII – Local philanthropist and conservationist Cecilia Blackfield will host a free holiday turkey meal for children of the Kalihi-Palama community at 3pm on Thursday, December 15, at Palama Settlement.

A longtime supporter of Palama Settlement, Blackfield, along with daughter Pamela Blackfield of Beverly Hills, CA, will provide an after-school hot turkey meal to children who utilize the settlement’s many youth-focused programs.

“Few of our keiki are able to have a traditional holiday meal,” observes Youth Specialist, Larry Sweets, who supervises Palama’s drop-in youth center. “This event will provide the opportunity for them to enjoy a nutritious traditional holiday meal and celebrate the season with friends.”

More than twenty years ago, Cecilia Blackfield established the Leland Blackfield Youth Activity Center in honor of her son who passed away in 1989. Serving hundreds of youths annually, the Blackfield Youth Activity Center is set up with billiard tables, table tennis, televisions, video games, and more, and provides an alternative setting for at-risk youth to enhance their educational and social skills with the guidance of Palama’s Youth Specialists and volunteers. Blackfield also contributes annually to the Blackfield and Friends Scholarship program, which, together with her dear friend Hannah Cochrane’s College Scholarship, has provided scholarship assistance to help over 35 youths further their education since 1999.

Palama Settlement recently celebrated its 100th year if incorporation and is located at 810 N. Vineyard Blvd. The turkey meal is for children only and will start promptly at 3pm.

For more information on how you can support the Leland Blackfield Youth Activity Center please visit www.palamasettlement.org or contact Sylvia Flores at sflores@palamasettlement.org or (808) 848-2502.

Palama Settlement is a private, non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the Kalihi and Palama neighborhoods. We offer a wide range of educational, recreational, athletic, cultural, social, health, and community building programs and services for children, youth, adults, and senior citizens.

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