SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 8, 2018) – San Diego Padres Pitcher, Kirby Yates, announced his fundraiser to support relief efforts in his hometown of Koloa, Hawai’i after nearly 50 inches of rain fell on Kauai in just 24 hours and caused extensive damage. Yates has agreed to match up to $5,000 to reach his $10,000 goal to go towards the Hawaii Community Foundation. Donations can be made at youcaring.com/koloa.

Residents of the Koloa community did not receive a flood warning and were unable to prepare or relocate to a safer area. This resulted in the loss of homes, cars and personal belongings. Many families were left without basic resources needed for everyday life such as food and clothing.

“I grew up in Koloa, Hawai’i, a small town on the South Shore of Kauai. I attended Koloa Elementary School. I learned to play baseball in Koloa,” said Yates. “I was devastated to learn that dozens of homes in Koloa were wiped out by the recent floods. This hit home for me, literally, and I knew I had to do something to help.”

The Hawai’i Community Foundation and Poipu Beach Foundation are coordinating relief efforts in the Koloa area. Donations from this fundraiser will provide supplies, clothing, food, and cleaning to those in the Koloa area.

About the Hawai’i Community Foundation
The Hawaii Community Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) (Federal Tax ID: 99-0261283) helps people make a difference by inspiring the spirit of giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every Island community. For more information please visit, www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.