Maui's finest Irishmen will join forces on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday March 17, to host the "Sharing the Green Golf and Bocce Tournament" on the grounds of the Wailea Old Blue Golf Course in support of Hospice Maui and Back Pack Buddies of Kamali'i Elementary School in Kihei.
The four-person scramble golf tournament will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start. The bocce ball tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch and a silent auction begin at noon.
Willing to their share time, talent--and their pots of gold for the benefit of our community-- are this year's event hosts: Mike O'Dwyer, owner of Mulligan's On The Blue restaurant and bar; Patrick Kilbride (PK), regional sales manager for Title Guaranty; Rob Manning, owner of Homes & Land Magazine of Maui; and Barry Helle, general manager of the Wailea Old Blue Golf Course.
Willing to their share time, talent--and their pots of gold for the benefit of our community-- are this year’s “Sharing the Green Golf and Bocce Tournament” hosts: Mike O’Dwyer (not shown), owner of Mulligan’s On The Blue restaurant and bar; Patrick Kilbride (left), regional sales manager for Title Guaranty; Rob Manning (right), owner of Homes & Land Magazine of Maui; and Barry Helle (not shown), general manager of the Wailea Old Blue Golf Course.
For 30 years, Hospice Maui has been meeting the needs of Maui's terminally ill patients and their families, maximizing quality of life and providing in-home care to grief support and counseling. Hospice Maui is committed to providing quality, compassionate care to help ease the physical, emotional and spiritual pain associated with illness. They provide services that allow patients to live each day to the fullest, with meaning and purpose, in accordance with their deeply held values and beliefs.
Back Pack Buddies of Kamali'i Elementary School helps sustain and nourish South Maui's hungry children by providing nutritional meals and snacks to youth whose primary source of food is the school cafeteria. By providing a backpack with food items to help sustain them until returning to school for a meal, their nutritional, mental and overall well-being needs are met.
Sharing the Green host O'Dwyer is indeed a long way from Tipperary, Ireland, where he was born and raised. He moved to Hawai'i in 1996 with a dream of someday owning his own restaurant and realized his dream in 2001 when he opened Mulligan's.
"Mike's community support and generosity is truly humbling," said Hospice Maui Development Director Kimberly Howard-Carhart.
"Maui is a great island to make a home and it feels good for me to be able to give back and show my thanks to Maui for accepting me," said O'Dwyer. Mike also has Maui to thank for his beautiful wife, Tiara, a local girl who was born and raised on Maui.
The creator of the extreme bocce event, Kilbride has deep Irish roots as well.
"My family, the Kilbride's and the O'Connors, included 20 children. We grew up in Miami in the 1950s quite poor and often hungry. I never would have survived those tough times without the support of Living Angels. Their support got me to where I am today."
PK's passion to help others is complemented by a very supportive employer, Title Guaranty, a company that doubles the impact of his generosity by affording him the time and additional funds for charitable causes.
Maui Homes & Land Magazine owner Manning, another 100 percent Irish-American whose generosity permeates our community, comes from Irish stock as well.
"I met my wife, Holly, here on Maui and fell in love with both," said Manning.
Rob and Holly have donated time, energy and advertising space in their magaize to help many important causes on island, including this event.
A fixture in the Maui golf world, Helle, has donated hours of his time tending to the details of several charity golf tournaments on island. His maternal grandfather was 100 percent Irish.
"We are so very blessed to have these very generous Irishmen among us 'Sharing the Green' in support of important programs and resources that fill a critical need in our Maui community," said Howard-Carhart. "Celebrate their generosity by joining us for golf or bocce ball on St. Patricks' Day at Mulligan's On The Blue.
For event details, visit www.HospiceMaui.com, or call Mulligan's at 874-1131.
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