Kain Na! Kokua for the Philippines, which was held on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Binhi At Ani Filipino Community Center, raised $20,000 for the Haiyan/Yolanda typhoon and Bohol earthquake relief efforts in the Philippines.
From the proceeds, $16,000 is gifted to the event partner, American Red Cross-Philippines Typhoon and Earthquake Fund, with the remainder to be shared by grassroots organizations Two-Thirds World (ready to dispatch a group of volunteers to Leyte), and Sagip Tulong Tuluy-tuloy Pilipinas, an initiative by People's Core that consistently works with local groups in the Philippines to aid during typhoon seasons.
The Kain Na! team of chefs and volunteers initially planned the event shortly after the devastating 7.2 earthquake left over 200 dead and more than 340,000 Filipinos displaced on Oct. 15, 2013. Shortly after, horrific typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda plowed through Central Philippines. The Category 5 storm wiped out entire coastal towns, taking a recent count of 4,000 lives, displacing about three million and severely affecting the welfare of over nine million people from 41 provinces in the country's Visayas region.
Jake Belmonte of Maui Culinary Academy was among the chefs that participated in Kain Na! Kokua for the Philippines.
"Haiyan/Yolanda shocked the world with images and stories of suffering so horrendous and heart wrenching, particularly among the most marginalized, vulnerable and impoverished," said Jojo Vasquez, event chair and executive chef of The Plantation House. "The only recourse is to do our share and help our brothers and sisters in the Philippines rebuild and rise from this calamity."
The Kain Na! team thanked the chefs who donated their talents and resources, to their food and service vendors who gave so freely, the students who assisted from set-up to breakdown, the silent auction donors, and the rest of the volunteers who gave their time generously.