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October 16, 2018

Eagles' Jordan Mailata sings at Vai Sikahema Foundation fundraiser

The nonprofit supports adoption and other youth-related charitable causes

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Vai Sikahema Foundation's Luau in October HUGHE DILLON/for PhillyVoice

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Jordan Mailata entertains the crowd with a song during the Vai Sikahema Foundation's inaugural 'A Luau in October' fundraiser at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Oct. 15, 2018.

The Vai Sikahema Foundation's inaugural "A Luau in October" event took place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Tuesday night.

Emceed by ESPN football reporter Sal Paolantonio, it transported guests to an authentic Hawaiian luau, that included Tuna Poke Cones, tropical fruit salad, Huli Huli Chicken and Guava Cake.

The night also featured entertainment from award-winning Hawaiian singer Justin Kawika Young, world-renowned fire-knife dancer Achilles Tafiti and a surprise performance by Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata.

The Vai Sikahema Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of adoption and other youth-related charitable causes. 

The foundation was established in 2018 by NBC10 Philadelphia broadcaster and former Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Vai Sikahema. Many of Sikahema's friends and family were on hand to support the event including former Eagles head coach Dick Vermeil and Philadelphia 76ers president and CEO Scott O'Neil, a member of the foundation board.

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Christina Ngata and current and former Philadelphia Eagles Haloti Ngata, Isaac Seumalo, Reno Mahe Jr. and Destiny Vaeao attend the Vai Sikahema Foundation's inaugural 'A Luau in October' fundraiser at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Oct. 15, 2018.


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Erin Coleman, Rosemary Connors, Krystal Klei and Jessica Boyington attend the Vai Sikahema Foundation's inaugural 'A Luau in October' fundraiser at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Oct. 15, 2018.


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Dillon - Luau in OctoberHUGHE DILLON/for PhillyVoice

Philadelphia 76ers president and CEO Scott O'Neil; Vai Sikahema, President of the Vai SikahemA Foundation and former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil are seen here at the Vai Sikahema Foundation's inaugural 'A Luau in October' fundraiser at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Oct. 15, 2018.


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ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio welcomes the guests to the Vai Sikahema Foundation's 'Luau in October' at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Oct. 15, 2018.


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Achilles Tafiti performs a fire dance at the Vai Sikahema Foundation's inaugural 'A Luau in October' fundraiser at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Oct. 15, 2018.


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Keala and Vai Sikahema present event chairman John J. McNichol, CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority with a traditional Hawaiian battle weapon during the Vai Sikahema Foundation's inaugural 'A Luau in October' fundraiser at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Oct. 15, 2018.


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NBC10 alumni Terry Ruggles and Steve Levy were among Via Sikahema's current and former colleagues in attendance at the Vai Sikahema Foundation's inaugural 'A Luau in October' fundraiser at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Oct. 15, 2018.