Maui Food Bank NewsJuly, 2015
The Good Shepherd Rocks New Year’s Eve for a Good Cause
From promoting rock stars to celebrity chefs, long-time Maui resident Shep Gordon is the man behind some of the biggest names in showbiz.
Every New Year’s Eve here on Maui, fabled fame guru Shep Gordon sponsors a star-studded New Year’s benefit bash. And every year, an eclectic array of artists take the stage to raise money for the Maui Food Bank — last year’s show included Alice Cooper (whom Shep has managed for more than forty-five years), Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, balladeer Sarah McLachlan, a couple of Doobie Brothers, local hero Willie K, and clown prince Weird Al Yankovic, among others.
Shep’s ability to garner such star power for his New Year’s dinner and show is testament to his altruistic character and spirit of generosity. He has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the best connected and
best liked figures in showbiz.
For thirty years the New Year’s eve event was held at Shep’s oceanfront home. But when he realized that more people meant more money to help the hungry, he moved the event to his everpopular restaurant Mala located at Wailea Beach Marriott, where
larger audiences could be accommodated. Over the last seven years the event has grown exponentially; in fact, since 2008 Shep has provided 450,000 meals for those in need of hunger relief!
Shep notes, “Having a successful restaurant business puts food at the forefront. How can we sit down at the dinner table to eat and not share with those who are in need? We’re all on the same planet, and we all have the ability to give something. If we all work together, we can stop hunger on Maui.”
We at the Maui Food Bank owe a debt of gratitude to Shep Gordon – affectionately known here as “the Good Shepherd” – for his willingness to use his influence and resources to help alleviate hunger throughout Maui County. Mahalo, Shep!