Pittsburg High School used its orange and black preseason scrimmage to help support those affected by the wildfires in Maui.
The team said a portion of the funds raised from the inaugural Pitt football car show and ensuing scrimmage were donated to Hawaii Community Maui Relief Foundation to support families on the Hawaiian island.
“As I saw the devastation from the Maui wildfires, I decided to take a portion of the proceeds from our fundraiser and sent a cash donation to Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund,” Pitt coach Charlie Ramirez Sr. told the Bay Area News Group via text on Monday morning.
“Members of our staff have built a great relationship over the past few years with the Hawaiian high school football community,” Ramirez continued. “Plus assistant head coach Isamu Falevai is from Laie, Oahu and has family in Maui. Not to mention we have a substantial demographic of Polynesian students at PHS and in the football program who have family on the islands.”
The Pittsburg community has always been behind the football community, so it made perfect sense for us to use our event to help the people affected during these terrible times in Maui. We will make another donation from the proceeds we make from our Jamboree this Friday night. So we encourage everyone to not only come see great Bay Area high school football, but also help support the people of Maui ”
Thanks to all the staff, volunteers, alumni & community that made the inaugural Pitt FB Car Show/Orange & Black Scrimmage a great event
— Pittsburg HS, FB (@PittHSFootball) August 14, 2023
“What a great turnout for the inaugural Pitt Football Car Show Fundraiser/Orange & Black Scrimmage,” the team wrote on its Facebook page.
Thank you to all of the parent volunteers, student-athletes, coaching staff, Pitt Crew Volunteers, Contra Costa Football Officials, Luxurious Lowrider (Luxurious Contra Costa Lowriders) and Roberto Landa for helping us put on a successful event.”
WE COMING!!!! pic.twitter.com/GW9mcalKKL
— Josiah Murdoch (@BigMurdy72) August 14, 2023
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As of Sunday evening, the number of confirmed deaths related to the wildfires stood at 96, but that figure is expected to rise.
Jeff Hickman, director of public affairs for the Hawaii Department of Defense, told NBC the Hawaii National Guard has over 110 personnel assisting Maui County with the search and rescue operation.
Strong winds brought on by Hurricane Dora spread the wildfires.