Assets Honors Longtime Trustee Russell Lau, Chairman and CEO of Finance Factors Ltd., and the Lau 'Ohana

Assets Trustee Russell Lau and his family

We are excited to announce Trustee Russell Lau and his 'ohana will be honored at the Illumination Gala on Saturday, April 13, at The Pacific Club. Russell, the Chairman and CEO of Finance Factors, Ltd., and his wife, Connie, have been an integral part of our school community for nearly three decades. Russell joined our Board of Trustees 28 years ago when Russell and Connie's sons attended Assets. The Lau family's unwavering support has been pivotal in shaping the success of our school. Russell is always enthusiastic, sharing why he treasures Assets School.

"Great Teachers + Great Methods + Great Small Class Sizes + Great Students + Great Administrators + Great Board = Great School and Great Learning Environment 
Thank goodness there is a place like Assets School." 
---Trustee Russell Lau

Russell has been a fierce leader over the years, serving on numerous committees and supporting the Illumination Gala, Annual Fund, and our capital campaigns, as well as being instrumental in the Academy of the Pacific merger that resulted in our Alewa Heights campus for the High School.

We have an enchanting evening planned for you at the Illumination Gala, a tuition assistance fundraiser. Let's create lasting memories as we honor Russell and the Lau 'ohana! This event will be sold out! Reserve your table now.

RESERVE a table for you, your family & friends, or your company, OR SPONSOR a table for parents, faculty, or alumni!  Get ready for a night of unforgettable moments and joyous celebrations at our Illumination Gala! Join us for an evening filled with laughter, camaraderie, and the spirit of giving. With lively conversations, exquisite dining, and a vibrant atmosphere, you'll be immersed in the excitement of making a real impact on a child's future. Our event promises to warm your heart and dazzle your senses with fantastic auction items, live entertainment, and the chance to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for education. Be a part of the magic as we weave together a night of fun, philanthropy, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow! 

Table Sponsorship Levels to Honor Trustee Russell Lau and the Lau ‘Ohana

  • $25,000 Illumination 2024 Presenting Sponsor
    Table of 10 - Be the presenting sponsor of Illumination honoring Trustee Russell Lau and the Lau ‘Ohana! Your logo will appear in all print, digital, radio, and television advertisements leading up to the event. You will receive a special “mahalo” message in the Star-Advertiser and MidWeek post-event. This meaningful sponsorship level also includes VIP check-in, a champagne celebration and gourmet appetizers table-side, premium wine tableside, memorable gift, corporate logo on website, and social media.
  • $15,000 Platinum Sponsor
    Table of 10 - Champagne celebration and special appetizers tableside, VIP check-in, premium seating, premium wine tableside, memorable gift, corporate logo on website, social media, and event materials.
  • $10,000 Gold Sponsor
    Table of 10 - Reserved seating, VIP check-in, bottle of wine, special gift, corporate logo on website, social media and event materials.
  • $5,000 Silver Sponsor
    Table of 10 - Reserved seating, corporate logo on all materials.
  • $3,500 Bronze Sponsor (limited tables available)
  • $250 Individual Tickets (limited tables available)

Illumination is our most important fundraiser to help students who need a life-changing Assets education by attending our world-class school.

 Please contact Vice President of Institutional Advancement Linda Jameson Myers at or 808-440-3605 or visit our Illumination 2024 webpage.


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Assets School logo

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