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Halloween Spooktacular

A frightful fundraiser.

October 21, 2010
Trisha Smith

“Our first Spooktacular was so successful that our guests begged us to do it again, so you can say it’s back this year by popular demand,” said JWCC Executive Director César Gaxiola. “I guess no matter how old you are, everyone loves to dress up for Halloween.”

Although costumes are not required, it’s highly recommended you dress up for the fright-night festivities.

“Scary or funny, traditional or inventive, the best costumes that night will win some pretty cool prizes,” said Brian Klaschka, the event’s chairperson.

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“It’s all treats and no tricks” at the J. Walter Cameron Center’s signature fundraiser, “A Halloween Spooktacular,” on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Call 244-5546 for more information on tickets as well as the event’s sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

Honolulu TV and radio personality Kimo Kahoano will serve as the evening’s Monster of Ceremonies. One of the Halloween Spooktacular’s creepy-cool highlights will no doubt be a comical stage performance anticipated from members of the Maui County Council. Councilwoman Gladys Baisa, a JWCC boardmember, has been known to perform as her Crazy alter ego Patsy Cline, so prepare to “fall to pieces” with laughter.

The $99 event ticket includes a Halloween-themed buffet dinner, scary silent and live auctions and entry into the spirited costume contest. Partygoers will also enjoy live entertainment and “dancing the night away” to the groovy sounds of Elvis and the All Star Band.

And, guests can end their “terror-rific” evening at the luxurious Wailea Marriott Beach Resort & Spa, which is offering a special room rate exclusively for event guests. Special suite rates are available as well.

“This event could not be possible without the generous support of Bill Countryman, general manager of the Wailea Marriott Resort & Spa, and his entire staff,” said Greg Chou, board chairman of the Cameron Center. “They are going above and beyond to make this fundraiser a grand success for everyone.”

Centrally located in Wailuku, the J. Walter Cameron Center is home to over 20 nonprofit agencies that provide health and human services to Maui residents with special needs, serving over 60,000 people annually across the county. Current resident agencies include A Keiki’s Dream, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Best Buddies, Community Mental Health, Easter Seals Hawai‘i, Ka Lima O Maui, Mediation Services of Maui, Inc. and the Pacific Cancer Foundation, among many others.

The center was built by the donations of “everyday Maui residents” and dedicated on April 23, 1973. JWCC remains a private, nonprofit charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and supported primarily by donations from the Maui community and the annual Halloween fundraiser. Sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming event begin at $990 for a table of 10, and include many “value-added components.”

“We encourage everyone to purchase their tickets early because space is limited and we expect a full house,” said Chou. “We’ve already reserved tables for many who attended last year.”

Ticket prices begin at $99. To reserve a space to create your own Halloween Spooktacular stories, and for more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact JWCC Executive Assistant Candace Sakugawa Baisa at 244-5546 or'>



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