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Imua Family Services announces headliners at The Carnival de Venice benefit gala

By Staff | Jan 17, 2019

Denee Benton, an American actor and singer, is currently performing in Broadway’s “Hamilton” as Eliza Hamilton. She also stars in “UnREAL” on Lifetime.

KAANAPALI – Imua Family Services last week announced plans for this year’s annual gala, The Carnival de Venice Mascheranda Grand Ball. The second installment of the Festivals of the World events series will be held on Saturday, March 30, at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Kaanapali. The event raises vital funds for early childhood development programs and services that meet the diverse needs of Maui County’s children with disabilities and developmental delays.

This year’s event will take guests to Venice to experience the extravagant Mascheranda Grand Ball, the most famous Carnival party of Venice. Historically, Carnival was a celebration of sinful excess prior to observing Lent. Those sinful excesses included indulgent eating and drinking along with entertainment and dancing. Venice is known for its ornate masks, parades and many masquerade balls. Masks were originally worn to conceal the identities of party goers, allowing aristocrats and peasants to mingle together.

On March 30, the Hyatt’s Monarchy Ballroom will be transformed into an elegant candlelit palace replicating the magic of Carnival beginning with the Hearts and Dreams Cocktail Reception. The evening will feature intimate performances by Tony-nominated actor and singer Denee Benton with special performances by the Hawaii Opera Theatre. In addition to dancers and other performers, a grand prize will be given to the best themed masquerade costume.

This year’s gala fundraiser will present three legacy awards to community members and organizations celebrating their commitment to our island community.

The gala will spotlight Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects one in 700 babies born.

Known for their vibrant productions and artistic excellence, Hawaii Opera Theatre of Honolulu attracts artists from around the globe.

Following the main event is The After Party of Lovers with dancing until 2 a.m. at Casanova’s.

For more information on The Carnival de Venice, visit imuafamilyservices.org.