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Fantasia Ball 2013

Imua Family Services to hold second annual gala celebration and fundraiser.

April 4, 2013
The Maui Weekly

The local, grassroots, nonprofit community-based organization that began its journey helping children with polio in 1947 on Maui celebrates 66 years of growth, commitment and service on Maui.

Imua Family Services proudly presents the Second Annual Fantasia Ball, an extraordinary celebratory fundraiser event on Saturday, April 13, beginning at 6 p.m. in the luxurious Haleakala Ballroom of the Grand Wailea Resort.

The ball will be an elegant affair complete with cocktail reception followed by a spectacular chef-inspired dinner. There will be a stunning program celebrating the lives of Maui's keiki with illustrious spectacles of visual and musical entertainment, from acrobatics and dance performances to the vocal styling's of some of Maui's most talented teens. A presentation from the Mayor Alan Arakawa and Gov. Neil Abercrombie can be expected.

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Second Annual Fantasia Ball Honorary Chairs Keith and Lynn Araki Regan and their son Riley, know the importance of Imua Family Services on Maui.

The ball will be followed by the Fantasia After Dark after-party, taking the nightclub dance experience to new and exotic levels. The resort's third ballroom will transform into an all-out raving dance party with cutting edge DJ's and VJ's including, Bird of Prey, Rhythmstar, Sweet Beets and other mind-blowing technicolor visionaries, such as the Color Box with Gabe Mott. Adding to the mix of fashion will be the University of Hawai'i Maui College Fashion Technology students, who have been given the challenge of creating show-stopping couture, bringing the event to red-carpet heights.

Entertainment will run through every component of the night with featured musicians, dancers and other entertainment. Musicial entertainment will include the Maui Cello Quartet, and Kelly Covington and Espresso Band.

Dance performances will include Dance Director David Ward and Dance Teacher Vanessa Cerrito, and Rita O'Connor's Private Image Dance Studio.

Special performances include Acrobatic Sensation of Entertainment Options Hawai'i, and Maui's Teens Got Talent will showcase Connor Snow, Christi Fell, Machela Wesson, Mareah Lee, Ruby Riker and Cheyanna Simmons.

"When we are presented with challenges for which we do not readily hold the answers, that can be a very frightening experience--particularly for parents of children born under challenging circumstances or with special needs," said Honorary Chairs Keith Regan and his wife, Lynn. "As parents of a child born prematurely, we were woefully unprepared and uncertain about our son's future. We had no experience and no idea of where to turn for help. In a very short time after his birth, we were contacted by the angels at Imua, who were ready to become a part of our life, and more importantly, the life of our son Riley. They were there with welcoming and comforting arms, assuring us that a bright future lay ahead."

This has been the work of Imua Family Services for 65 years, through therapeutic services helping children with disabilities, developmental delays and special needs reach their full potential in life.

Through social media, Imua Family Services has created an online event experience that features every detail of the event as it grows. The online journal can be shared, liked and tweeted to an unlimited audience from those who wish to attend the event and to those who cannot attend, but want to follow the ball's progressive experience at www.imuafantasiaball.org.

For more information, visit www.imuafantasiaball.org or contact Dean Wong at (808) 244-7467 or dwong@imuafamilyservices.org.

 
 

 

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