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Growing Dreams on Broadway

Support Maui’s families at this vibrant show.

July 22, 2010
Trisha Smith

Growing Dreams on Broadway, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Four Seasons Resort in Wailea, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will feature the flower power of special guest designer BJ Dyer of Denver.

“We have the distinct honor to host BJ this year as we gear up for the most exciting event we’ve ever held,” said Teena Rasmussen, owner of Paradise Flower Farms on Maui and chairperson for this year’s Growing Dreams event. “The show will definitely be enhanced with the Broadway theme, featuring some of the biggest shows, and we have an extra special surprise this year.”

An esteemed member of America’s floral industry, Dyer has provided his colorful creativity to hundreds of showpiece galas and society weddings across the nation. He is the co-owner of Bouquets, an award-winning Denver retailer and event décor company.

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Celebrate family, floral creativity and the arts at the Growing Dreams on Broadway event on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea with special guest designer BJ Dyer. All proceeds benefit Maui Youth & Family Services. Visit
Photo (right): Jessica Pearl Photography

Dyer is a national board member for the American Institute of Floral Designers, receiving several industry honors for his design work and retail aptitude. In fact, he and his business partner are the only two-time recipients of the Society of American Florists’ prestigious “Marketer of the Year” award.

Dyer will weave a special Broadway theme into his presentation on Maui, and will demonstrate some crafty design techniques while shaping an abundance of gorgeous local flowers. The artistic demo not only provides an enjoyable visual experience, but also offers guests a unique opportunity to check out some new ideas when making their very own arrangements. The fragrant pieces of live stage art can be purchased throughout the morning to benefit MYFS as well.

“As fun and glamorous as Growing Dreams always is, we want to remember what it’s all about,” said Rasmussen. “Ultimately, the show helps MYFS to continue to provide services for Maui’s abused and neglected children, including crucial foster care, mentoring and support.”

Each year, Growing Dreams serves an important role as the signature fundraising event of MYFS, a comprehensive social services agency established in 1978 by the County of Maui as the Maunaolu Youth Residential Shelter and incorporated as a private nonprofit in 1982.

“Building better lives with Hawai‘i’s families” is MYFS’ mission, and they have accomplished this benevolent objective for more than 30 years by offering a continuum of services for adolescents and their families, including foster family programs, prevention programs and outpatient treatment for substance abuse and behavioral health treatment. Learn more at

In addition to the elegant luncheon and floral design workshop, there will be silent and live auctions, which includes a dazzling Tiffany’s pendant and other fantastic items.

Rasmussen added the event was thrilled to have major sponsorships from Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Goodfellow Bros. Inc., First Hawaiian Bank, Hawai‘i Fueling Network, Maui Oil Co. and Servco. “It means so much to have their support for the 10th Anniversary of Growing Dreams,” she said. 

Those interested in helping out a good cause in a marvelous fashion still have plenty of time to purchase the $125 tickets; $150 for VIP seating. Guests may purchase online at by visiting the “Growing Dreams” page. It’s a win-win event for everyone—contributions are tax-deductible.



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