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Life is Sweet

A spectacular dessert-tasting benefit.

November 10, 2011
The Maui Weekly

Life is Sweet

A spectacular dessert-tasting benefit.

Dessert-lovers have more than one good reason to attend The Shops at Wailea's second annual Life Is Sweet event on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the shopping plaza. To mark the occasion, Wailea's top chefs will compete to create a signature dessert for 2011, and the public is invited to sample the entries as part of a community fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawai'i. Sweet!

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The Life Is Sweet celebration, sponsored by Wailea Beach Marriott and The Shops at Wailea, will feature delicious desserts and samplings of savory entrees created by some of the most renowned chefs from South Maui's famous resorts and restaurants. The event will also include celebrity judges for the dessert competition, live Hawaiian music to help set the party atmosphere, and a silent auction filled with great deals on island products and services.

The festivities will also include a VIP wine-tasting party, where guests can meet the celebrity judges. Celebrity hosts and judges rejoining from last year's event include Maureen McCormick, aka Marcia Brady from the classic 1970's television sitcom "The Brady Bunch," and musician Mick Fleetwood of the rock group Fleetwood Mac. Be ready for other surprise guests!

All proceeds from Life Is Sweet will help support Best Buddies Hawai'i and its local programs to assist developmentally challenged youth in island schools.

Best Buddies is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that creates programs for peer mentoring, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies Hawai'i is part of an international program originally established by the Shriver family in response to a perceived need for more integration, understanding and friendship between developmentally handicapped children and other students.

Best Buddies Hawai'i, initiated on Maui by Michael McCormick in 2008, has already established successful programs on Maui at Kalama and Lokelani Intermediate Schools, at Baldwin, King Kekaulike, Lahainaluna and Maui High Schools, and at Horizon Academy and Seabury Hall. On O'ahu, the program has been established at Kapolei Middle and High Schools, with more schools currently in negotiation.

Everyone is invited to join in on this fabulous event and worthy cause and start making those holiday dreams come true-whether those dreams involve a fabulous dessert sensation, a fun afternoon/evening of food and music in Wailea, a great deal at the silent auction, or a budding new friendship with Maui's schools.

Tickets for "Life is Sweet" are $50 per person, and can be reserved online at or by calling 242-6962. There are only 200 tickets available for this event.

For more information, contact Michael McCormick, Best Buddies Hawai'i state director, at 242-6962 or email


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