Xander Schauffele, winner of the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. (Photo by Matt York)
HONOLULU, HI – August 12, 2023 – In response to the devastating wildfires that have swept through Maui, Xander Schauffele, the 6th ranked player in the world and reigning Olympic Gold Medalist, and Hawaiian Host Group, the largest branded macadamia company in the world, are launching the Help Maui Rise fundraiser.
Demonstrating their commitment to the affected communities, the Schauffele Family Foundation and Hawaiian Host Group each have pledged to match donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000 – resulting in a potential total contribution of over $400,000.
“The PGA Tour is all about giving back, so felt like it was my responsibility in that sense to do that,” Schauffele said. “I grew up on Hawaii the first two years of my life and I love going there to this day. The Maui wildfires are considered the worst in the U.S. over the past 100 years. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible in a short amount of time, and it sounds like they can use as much help as possible, sooner than later.”
Ed Schultz, President & CEO at Hawaiian Host Group, stated, “The scale of devastation caused by the wildfires is heart-wrenching and will take several years to rebuild. By partnering with Xander, we hope to reach an audience beyond the local community to help fund what FEMA has stated is now over $6 billion in damages.”
The partnership between Xander Schauffele and HHG seeks to provide much needed support to the residents of Maui, as the funds raised through this campaign will be directed towards Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF). The foundation started the Maui Strong Fund, which prioritizes nonprofit organizations that are supporting evolving needs, including shelter, food, financial assistance, and other services as identified by HCF's partners doing critical work on Maui.
In the past week, HHG already made substantial donations to aid wildfire relief efforts, including $10,000 to the Hawaii Red Cross and $10,000 to the Hawaii Community Foundation. HHG also donated over $12,000 of product to the Maui Food Bank and emergency first responders.
The Help Maui Rise fundraiser will be launched on Schauffele’s Instagram account on Sunday morning Eastern Time, August 13.
Campaign link here: https://gofund.me/02387082