Maui Cancer Wellness Center Presents: Royal High Tea

Wailuku, HI – Maui Cancer Wellness Retreats (MCWR) presented their first annual Royal High Tea. Acclaimed celebrity chef Bev Gannon agreed to cater the event. The celebration was held from 3 to 6 pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at West Maui Mountains’ beauty, Lona Ridge Estate. All proceeds will help fund 30 scholarships for cancer survivors to attend the three days/two-night retreat at Napili Kai in September.

The afternoon event began with a welcoming Mimosa and an opportunity for guests to meet owner Leona Wilson, tour the gardens, and meet other attendees. Dr. Bridget Bongaard, Internal Medical Physician and co-founder of MCWR opened the event. Past Maui Center Wellness Retreat participant and cancer survivor, Dr. Alice Svoboda, enlightened guests about her experiences as an attendee of last year’s retreat.

Tea service showcased savories and sweets by Chef Bev Gannon. Musical entertainment was provided; prize drawings, a silent auction, and a live auction offered opportunities to show support for MCWR cancer survivors. High tea party attire was encouraged!

Dr. Bongaard stated that “MCWR gives individuals tools to restore control in their life and offers time to process the changes they have undergone. The retreat focuses on the means to get the body and spirit strengthened for a better future outcome.” All information used has a scientific basis.

Some of the retreat topics will include:

  • Nutrition as it relates to cancer wellness
  • Prevention of illness
  • Creation of resilience and hardiness for bettering the quality of life
  • The consciousness of personal patterns and how to create positive change
  • Epigenetics — how cancer gene expression can be changed or regulated
  • Psycho-immunobiology – how our emotions/thoughts influence our immune system

For more information regarding attendee sponsorships and donations please email, or visit All donations will be tax deductible. Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat’s 501(c)3 non-profit entity is the Tri-Isle Resource Conservation Development.

About the Author

Linda McCormick

Linda McCormick is a REALTOR Salesperson with Hawai'i Life. Presently I work as a Sales Agent for Hawaii Life on Maui, Hawaii, selling primarily residential properties. I have bought and sold homes for remodel and renovation in both California and Hawaii for over 20 years. In a past iteration of my life I taught Business Classes at the UH Maui College and also at various universities in Barcelona, Spain. However, after graduating in Environmental Design from UC Davis I started my own Reconstruction and Renovation Company, IDI by Design. And here is where I got my “street shoes on.” I purchased homes for resale providing: design, construction plans, project management, fiscal management, with budgeting over $1 million in renovation work. I secured loans, made payroll, released bids, hired and scheduled sub-contractors, and met with inspectors for final sign off. I marketed the newly renovated homes by giving walking tours of the interiors, designing and publishing PR brochures and flyers, and holding open houses. Lastly, and best of all, I negotiated contracts for the sale and purchase of the residential properties. You can email me at or via phone at (808) 359-3227.

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