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Life Is Sweet!

A Tasty Benefit for Best Buddies.

November 1, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Dessert-lovers have more than one good reason to attend The Shops at Wailea's 3rd annual Life Is Sweet event. To mark the occasion, Wailea's top chefs will compete to create a signature dessert for 2012, and the public is invited to sample the entries as part of a community fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawai'i. Sweet!

This "Life Is Sweet" celebration, sponsored by Wailea Beach Marriott and The Shops at Wailea, will be held on Saturday, Nov.10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the shopping plaza. The event 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. This year's entrants so far are Wailea Beach Marriott, Grand Wailea Resort, The Fairmont Wailea, Gannon's Joe's Bar & Grill, Longhi's Wailea, Tommy Bahama, Ruth's Chris, Merriman's Monkeypod Kitchen and Mulligan's On The Blue.

Celebrity judges will be on hand for the dessert competition, along with great live Hawaiian music by four-time Grammy-winner, slack key master George Kahumoku on guitar accompanied by Uncle Richard Ho'opi'i on 'ukelele.

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Find great deals on island gifts, products and services at the event's incredible silent auction. There will also be a VIP wine-tasting party, where guests can meet and mingle with the celebrity judges.

The celebrity host for this year's event is Maureen McCormick ("Marcia" from the classic 1970s television sitcom "The Brady Bunch").

Past year's celebrity judges have been Barry Williams ("Greg from "The Brady Bunch") and musician Mick Fleetwood of the rock group Fleetwood Mac.

And be prepared to meet other surprise guests this year!

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

Everyone is invited to join in on this fabulous event and worthy cause on Nov. 10 and start making those holiday dreams come true--a fabulous dessert sensation, a fun afternoon/evening of food and music in Wailea, a great deal at the silent auction, and the opportunity for a budding new friendship in the schools.

Tickets for "Life is Sweet" are $50 per person, and can be reserved by calling the Best Buddies office at 242-6962 on online at

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

Best Buddies is a nonprofit 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 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, Kaimuki High School, Pearl City High School, Nanakuli High School and Middle School and Waipahu High School.



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