Kamakura Fire Restoration

$11,200 of $10k goal

Raised by 175 people in 2 months
Steve King
on behalf of Akiko Yamato
 ALAMEDA, CA
The award winnning Kamakura restaurant, owned by beloved Alameda resident Faith Yamato, recently suffered a devastating fire that has closed the restaurant until repairs can be made. We want to raise funds to help the Kamakura reopen and to support the employees while the restaurant is closed.

I'm Steve King, my business partner, Christine Gonsalves, and I co-own the Whales & Friends gift store in Alameda and we're both residents of Alameda.

Like so many Alamedans, Christine and I have been patrons of the Kamakura restaurant since it opened 35 years ago. We've had a very friendly relationship with Faith, the Kamkura's owner, as we're both small business owners who like to compare how business is doing for each of our enterprises.

Our fondness for Faith and the Kamakura's staff goes beyond friendship, the restaurant and the people who make it special feel like extended family... and this is why we wanted to leap into action and help Faith get the restaurant open again, and to help the staff get by while they're unemployed.

The funds we're raising will be used by Faith to help to pay for what's needed to speed the Kamakura's reopening and to pay expenses not covered by her insurance. We also intend for the funds to help the Kamakura's staff to cope with the costs of being unemployed while Faith and her son, Wayne Yamato, work to get the restaurant open again. We're hoping that most of the staff can somehow get by until the Kamakura opens rather than having to seek employment elsewhere.

Funds raised for the Kamkura's fire restoration GoFundMe campaign will be sent directly to Faith or Wayne's bank account(s) so they can immediately disperse funds to pay reopening and staff support related expenses.

Regards, Steve King & Christine Gonsalves
Owners, the Whales & Friends store

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Update 10
Posted by Steve King
14 days ago
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Ooops! The update I just posted about the Trabocco fundraiser for the Kamakura has the date correct, March 13th, but I incorrectly said this was Tuesday when, in fact, the 13th is Monday. Sorry for the mistake and short notice. Regards, Steve King
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Update 9
Posted by Steve King
14 days ago
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Dear Kamakura Supporters,

On Tuesday, March 13th, Giuseppe and Christine Naccarelli, owners of Trabocco Kitchen & Cocktails will be hosting a fundraiser for the Kamakura at their restaurant in Southshore Center in Alameda.

There will be complimentary appetizers in the Trabocco's heated patio from 4:00 – 8:30 pm and 100% or donations made at the door will go to help the Kamakura recover from the devastating fire that forced the closure the restaurant. In addition, 10% of all proceeds on the 13th will be donated to the Kamakura from anyone having dinner at the Trabocco.

We hope you can drop by to say hello to Faith Yamato and her son Wayne who will be at the Travocco to greet and thank all those who have been helping to get the Kamakura open again.

The Trabocco is located at 2213 Alameda South Shore Center. For information, visit trabocco.com or call 510-521-1152.

Regards, Steve King & Christine Gonsalves | Owners of the Whales & Friends gift store
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Update 8
Posted by Steve King
1 month ago
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Kamakura Supporters—

We just surpassed the $10K goal we set for helping the Kamakura to reopen its doors. I'm sure Faith and her son Wayne are gratified by the outpouring of affection and support that's been directed their way.

Wayne mentioned to me in an email earlier today that when the GoFundMe campaign reached its initial goal that he would begin withdrawing funds and distributing it equally to the twenty employees on their payroll.

Hopefully the employees can get by on unemployment or find other temporary work until the Kamakura is up and running again... in any case, the help we're providing the Kamakura's employees will certainly make a difference and be greatly appreciated!

Hopefully the insurance settlement, once it arrives, will cover most of the restoration costs... and the city of Alameda won't drag its feet in getting permits issued for all the repair work that needs to be done.

I've been told by the Yamato family that Faith wants nothing more than to be able to greet and serve her customers again... as she's done almost every day for 35 years!

Again, thank you for supporting the Kamakura Fire Restoration campaign.

Warm regards, Steve King & Christine Gonsalves
Owners of the Whales & Friends store

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Update 7
Posted by Steve King
1 month ago
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Thanks to all of you, we're almost there!

We're just a few hundred dollars from our goal of raising $10K to help Faith, her son Wayne, and the staff of the Kamakura get the restaurant's doors open again.

It's gratifying to see the outpouring of support for the Kamakura and to know that so many people appreciate all that Faith, Wayne, the Yamato family, and the restaurant's staff have done over the decades to make living and dining in Alameda so special.

The reopening of the Kamakura is going to be a cause for celebration! I can't wait...

Warm regards, Steve King & Christine Gonsalves
Owners of the Whales & Friends store
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Lily Leung
2 months ago
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Hi Faith and Wayne, I have made a financial contribution to restore the Kamakura Japanese Restaurant. When the restaurant is open, I would like to come with my friends to see you both and have dinner at the Kamakura Japanese Restaurant. Good Luck! Your customer and supporter of Kamakura Japanese Restaurant. Lily

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$11,200 of $10k goal

Raised by 175 people in 2 months
Created January 13, 2017
Steve King  
on behalf of Akiko Yamato
KG
$10
Karen Green
5 days ago
$30
Anonymous
8 days ago
$30
Angelica Rusan
8 days ago
PJ
$25
Philip John
14 days ago
TR
$100
Tony Ratto
27 days ago

I hope my donation helps bring back an icon of Alameda. Miss the sushi bar.

AW
$20
Allison Walston
1 month ago
NH
$100
Nancy Hom
1 month ago

Loving your food since 1990.

$10
Anonymous
1 month ago
$20
Anonymous
1 month ago
$30
Anonymous
1 month ago
Lily Leung
2 months ago
1
1

Hi Faith and Wayne, I have made a financial contribution to restore the Kamakura Japanese Restaurant. When the restaurant is open, I would like to come with my friends to see you both and have dinner at the Kamakura Japanese Restaurant. Good Luck! Your customer and supporter of Kamakura Japanese Restaurant. Lily

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