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Third-grade concert set off a fundraising force

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Nicki Lee, 17, poses for a portrait at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children with a teddy bear her parents gave her in seventh grade. The Punahou School junior founded Kidz For a Cause, an organization run by kids to raise funds for kids in need, when she was in third grade, seeing it grow over the years. This year, KFAC raised more than $300,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kapiolani, where she was born as a preemie.

It all started with a simple love for singing. Nicki Lee was a third-grader who loved performing, so she threw a living-room concert for friends and family in 2008 to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House as part of aschool service project. She ended up raising $1,100. Read more

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