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21st Century Distinguished Service Award Dinner 2019

honoring Barbara Poole-Street, Valery O'Brien &

Dr. Melanie Kelly

The Arc in Hawaii is pleased to recognize Barbara Poole-Street, Valery O'Brien and Dr. Melanie Kelly, three outstanding Distinguished Service Award honorees this year!














21st Century Distinguished Service Award Dinner 2019

Date: September 12th, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Place: International Ball Room
Pagoda Restaurant
1525 Rycroft Street, Honolulu, HI 96814
* Dinner, Silent Auction and Entertainment included.

All proceeds from this Dinner will help The Arc in Hawaii continue to provide vital services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Sponsorships are available at varying levels and are very much appreciated.



Barbara Poole-Street and Valery O'Brien are being honored for their role as "Co-Mothers Ducks" to the Duck Delegation of Special Olympics. It is their roles mothers for which they are being honored as their children found a home with Special Olympics. Barbara's son Ethan, was born with Down Syndrome and Valery's daughter, Katie, was born with Cytomegalovirus, Deafness, and Cerebral Palsy. This bond as mothers drew them together to found the "Mighty Ducks" with 150 registered Ducks. As Co-Mother Ducks, their job is to keep the team organized and "all the ducks in a row."


Dr. Melanie Kelly, is a staff physician at the Maluhia Geriatric Physician Services and has been practicing in our community for the last 33 years. She was born and raised in Hawaii, did her undergraduate studies at USC and graduated from University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine in 1986. Dr. Kelly specializes in internal medicine and emergency medicine. Dr. Kelly has been a God-send to our organization. In current times, it has been quite difficult for us to find medical professionals willing and able to see our participants. Dr. Kelly has welcomed them into her practice with open arms Because of Dr. Kelly and her expertise we now have access to quality care.


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