MLB All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki to host two Maui events
WAILUKU – Major League Baseball All-Star Kurt Suzuki will return home to host two events on Maui next month.
On Saturday, Jan. 16, Suzuki will host his fifth annual youth baseball clinic at Iron Maehara Stadium from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
In partnership with the All Pono Organization, the Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation has continued to make a positive impact on Hawaii’s youth by teaching them hard work, dedication and the values of being a team player.
Registration forms for youth ages 8-12 can be found on the foundation (www.kurtsuzukifamilyfoundation.org) and All Pono (www.allpono.org) websites. Registration is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 150 participants.
For the second straight year, Suzuki has joined forces with local celebrity chef and restaurateur Alan Wong to host a unique fundraising event. They will co-host the second annual Taste of Hawaii on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Wailea from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A special private VIP cocktail reception will also take place from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
Several celebrity chefs will feature their own unique, fantastic dishes, with professional athletes on hand to help serve their delicious creations. Confirmed to participate are Chefs Sheldon Simeon, Isaac Bancaco, Cameron Lewark and Craig Dryhurst. At this time, the professional athletes for this year are still to be determined. Last year’s athletes included MMA superstar BJ Penn, MLB All-Star Ian Desmond, NFL player Kaluka Maiava and professional surfer Ian Walsh.
Proceeds from A Taste of Hawaii will help raise funds for the Kapi’olani Medical Center’s Pediatric Cancer Division and National Kidney Foundation.
The Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the scientific research of chronic illnesses as well as encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. For more information, visit www.kurtsuzukifamilyfoundation.org.