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March Madness! A Rotary fundraiser for Maui’s kids

By Staff | Mar 25, 2011

The Rotary Clubs of Maui and Mulligan’s On the Blue present Maui March Madness, a fundraiser for Maui’s children, on Saturday, March 26, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Mulligan’s On the Blue Wailea.

Even better than a basketball tournament, it’s Maui March Madness! The Rotary Clubs of Maui & Mulligan’s On the Blue present Maui March Madness, a fundraiser for Maui’s children, on Saturday, March 26, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., at Mulligan’s On the Blue Wailea.

Event proceeds will go toward student scholarships, leadership camp and other community programs supported by Rotary clubs on Maui.

The event begins with a Hawaiian blessing by Kimokeo Kapahulehua and a bagpipe solo in the finest Celtic tradition.

Then, mello with a cello duet, be driven to distraction by the sweet sounds of event emcee DJ Dr. Love and dance like a maniac to live rock and roll music from the ’60s to the ’90s by Brighter Day.

The talented musicians of Brighter Day–Tom Cherry on guitar and vocals, Mike Finkiewicz on bass and vocals and Gerry Davis on drums and vocals–have performed together since 2005, bringing a variety of great music to clubs and special events around the Valley Isle. Event-goers will enjoy groovin’ to classics from Marvin Gaye, John Mayer, the Doobie Brothers, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Bill Withers, and the list goes on.

“We’re looking forward to rockin’ out at this year’s March Madness” event!” said Cherry.

DJ “Dr. Love” Smith, a member of the Kïhei Sunrise Rotary Club, has provided a variety of “sounds” for numerous private and public events throughout Maui for many years. The retired NYC police captain was considered one of the city’s top radio deejays for many years.

For those who would like to be shrouded in mystery and intrigue (and have a desire to remain anonymous), the event will also include face painting by Aubrey.

But wait, there’s more! “Put on Your Crazy Hat” and your best March Madness attire for a chance to win a deliriously desirable grand prize.

Throughout the evening, drink and dine while Brenton Keith magically mingles among the “madding crowd,” astonishing guests with is his Bag O’ Tricks.

You will flip out on Mulligan’s divine heavy püpü selection and go bananas at the pub’s no-host bar throughout the evening while you explore the silent and live auction comprised of the best Maui has to offer at ridiculously reasonable prices. Go ahead and go bonkers–it’s all for a great cause! Mulligan’s On the Blue Owner Mike O’Dwyer said he will serve as the official auctioneer–if he’s not ’round the bend…

Live and silent auction items will include astonishing artwork from Maui Hands, gorgeous jewelry from Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery, Classic Charters, Trilogy and Pacific Whale Foundation excursions; a wonderful wine and goody basket from Maui’s Winery; gift certificates to some of Maui’s most elegant eateries, including Il Teatro at Capische?, a personal chef experience for six at in Wailea–and much more!

Be part of the very first Maui March Madness, or miss out on the wildest time you can (legally) have in the state of Hawai’i.

Tickets are $40 in advance; $45 at the door. Reserve a VIP table of 10 for $500 and be assured of a seat with nine of your craziest friends. These special tickets are going fast and include four bottles of premium wine.

For tickets, visit www.kiheirotary.org or call 264-3468 or Mulligan’s at 874-1131.

Tickets are also available at Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery, located within Dolphin Plaza at 2395 S. Kïhei Road, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Maui March Madness is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Kïhei Sunrise, Kïhei-Wailea, Upcountry and Valley Isle Sunset and Mulligan’s On the Blue.