Let the fun and money raising begin - A man and a woman standing in front of a cake - Flower
2018 Big Kahuna winner Jason Richards, left, and 2019 winner Dr. Tom Morrison. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly

It’s a trophy to long for. It’s a fundraising challenge I’m excited to be participating in again this year. Big Kahuna, here I come.   

With its network of 100 doctors in the Keys, the Good Health Clinic is kicking off the Big Kahuna challenge to support its mission to provide low-income and uninsured in the Keys community with quality health care. Offices are located in Tavernier and Marathon not only for normal treatment or regular wellness exams, but also specialized care like chronic disease management. 

The Weekly office entered the race last year with the hopes to snatch the tall, wooden Kahuna trophy from our nearby neighbors at the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative office (the 2018 winner was Jason Richards.) The competition was fierce in a good way. (And yes, we might have taken FKEC employee Walt Stephens’ cornhole bags to prevent his tournament from happening.) 

Last year’s winner was Dr. Thomas Morrison, of Mariners Hospital, who raised $23,000. In total, Kahunas last year raised just over $64,000. 

From its inception, more than 40 influential members in the community have entered Big Kahuna. They’ve raised more than a half-million dollars. The Kahuna competition alone raises around 20 percent of the clinic’s operating funds.

This year, I enter the race with some pretty exciting events planned. Might there be a dunk tank involved? Possibly. Stay tuned to learn more about those activities in the Weekly and the Facebook page Kahuna Jim. 

In addition, the Weekly will again be running a business card section each week to support my Big Kahuna run, with proceeds supporting the Good Health Clinic. Business cards will run four weeks for $200. Contact Nola Acker at [email protected].

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