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Jan
14
2017

6:00pm

Usos Foundation Fundraising Art Show

Usos Foundation presents its first ever Art Show at Minneola City Hall! 
Purchase beautiful and inspiring art created by Usos Foundation board members, scholarship recipients, and local area artists! Proceeds from every art sale will be donated to Usos Foundation! 

Doors open at 6:00, hors d'eurves and beverages will be provided. 

800 N. US Highway 27
Minneola, FL 

 



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May
14
2016

5:00pm

8th Annual Usos Foundation Fundraising Banquet- CRAZY 8's CASINO NIGHT

Last year's Lucky 7 Casino Night was so popular, we've decided to do it again with this year's 8th Annual Banquet- CRAZY 8's CASINO NIGHT!

Join Usos Foundation as we present scholarships to our very deserving at-risk youth.

Dinner, entertainment, casino games, door prizes, silent auction, and more!

Only $50 donation, tickets available now!

 




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Oct
03
2015

8:00am

2nd Annual Aloha Festival in Minneola

2nd Annual Aloha Festival in Minneola is coming Saturday, October 3rd 2015!

12:00-7:00 p.m.
Minneola Trailhead Park

Live music, professional island dancers, WXW Professional Wrestling, entertainment, world champion Fire Knife Dancer, vendors, food, and so much more!

Vendors include: Kona Ice, Donut King, Twistee Treat, 1-Stop Jamaican, Big Hot Box, Younique Cosmetics, ThirtyOne Bags, Scentsy, Saddlewood Stables, The Dance Company, Face Painting, Psychic Readings, Henna, Reiki, Pharaohs Treasure, It Works, Clermont Chiropractic Life Center

More information to come!

Aug
01
2015

8:00am

7th Annual Usos Foundation Fundraising Banquet

"Lucky Seven Casino Night!" Join Usos Foundation for a memorable evening at the The 7th Annual Usos Foundation Fundraising Banquet. Scholarships presented to three deserving young people who need that guidance, structure, discipline, and a hand up in life. Catered dinner, entertainment, casino games, silent auction, and more!  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. More information to come!

CHAMPION Sponsors:

Richard and Joyce Leibert

The Breeze, Mascotte, FL

 

PLATINUM Sponsor:

NAPA Auto Parts, Clermont, FL

 

SILVER Sponsors:

Wilfredo Mendez- Allstate Insurance, Orlando, FL

IMS- Incident Management Solutions, Minneola, FL

 

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Dec
11
2014

8:00am

Usos Foundation Spirit Night at Sonny's BBQ in Clermont

Second Thursday of each month- September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11, come be part of the Usos Foundation Spirit Nights at Sonny's BBQ! 1500 E. Highway 50 in Clermont. 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You must print out the flyer on www.facebook.com/usossamoanfamilyfoundation or pick one up at the Wild Samoan Pro-Wrestling Training Center on Monday and Wednesday evenings (17649 Highway 27 suite B14, Minneola) and bring this flyer to Sonny's with you for your donation to be counted to Usos Foundation. Come have dinner with WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan and the WXW Wrestlers, and support a great cause! (Sonny's will not accept showing the image on your phone screen, flyer must be printed)

Nov
13
2014

8:00am

Usos Foundation Spirit Night at Sonny's BBQ in Clermont

Second Thursday of each month- September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11, come be part of the Usos Foundation Spirit Nights at Sonny's BBQ! 1500 E. Highway 50 in Clermont. 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You must print out the flyer on www.facebook.com/usossamoanfamilyfoundation or pick one up at the Wild Samoan Pro-Wrestling Training Center on Monday and Wednesday evenings (17649 Highway 27 suite B14, Minneola) and bring this flyer to Sonny's with you for your donation to be counted to Usos Foundation. Come have dinner with WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan and the WXW Wrestlers, and support a great cause! (Sonny's will not accept showing the image on your phone screen, flyer must be printed)

Oct
09
2014

8:00am

Usos Foundation Spirit Night at Sonny's BBQ in Clermont

Second Thursday of each month- September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11, come be part of the Usos Foundation Spirit Nights at Sonny's BBQ! 1500 E. Highway 50 in Clermont. 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You must print out the flyer on www.facebook.com/usossamoanfamilyfoundation or pick one up at the Wild Samoan Pro-Wrestling Training Center on Monday and Wednesday evenings (17649 Highway 27 suite B14, Minneola) and bring this flyer to Sonny's with you for your donation to be counted to Usos Foundation. Come have dinner with WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan and the WXW Wrestlers, and support a great cause! (Sonny's will not accept showing the image on your phone screen, flyer must be printed)

Oct
04
2014

8:00am

1st Annual Aloha Festival in Minneola!

Central Florida Gathering Together to Celebrate the Polynesian Island Spirit of Aloha! Help WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan raise funds for at-risk and disadvantaged youth!

Professional Polynesian Entertainment featuring World Champion Fire Knife Dancer VJ Tiumalu, Netane Polynesian Productions, Manase Latu, Charlene Oloa’s Kalenas Dance Company, Samoan recording artist Atoa Ripley, The Dance Company, Irene "Ailina", Maria of Gimme Shimmy, Sunny Day Faella, 20-Year Old 3rd Generation Power Lifter Angelo Samarripa will attempt to BREAK THE WORLD RECORD in bench pressing, Cultural Demonstrations, WXW Wrestling Exhibition Matches, Music, Delicious Island Food, craft and merchandise vendors, special kids area, face painting, and the spirit of Aloha!

Vendors include Hawaiian Grindz, Chill's Island Foods, Twistee Treat Ice Cream, Carol's International House of Coffee & Tea, Full House Barbecue, Close Encounters of the Furry Kind, Aloha Kreations, Mel's Beauty Box, Clermont Chiropractic Life Center, Intuitive Readings by Rev. Rae  Moonwind, Henna by Paige, It Works! Body Wraps, RB Designs, Handmade beaded jewelry by Ileana Montes de Oca, Pure Wellness Company, Exfuze Life, Caricature Cafe, Restorative Touch Mobile Massage and Spa Services, Pharaohs Treasure, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Peppermint the Clown Face Painting, and MORE!

Sponsored By:
Andrew Salgado
Dan Dickerson
Dr. Shazia Nasir
Karen Rodriguez Ibarrondo- Attorney & Counselor at Law
Family Jewelry & Pawn
All Care Animal Hospital
Car Store Towing
Mau Loa Island Entertainment
IMS

If you woud like to be a vendor or sponsor for the event, please contact Usosfoundation@aol.com or call 352-272-2806

Sep
11
2014

8:00am

Usos Foundation Spirit Night at Sonny's BBQ in Clermont

Second Thursday of each month- September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11, come be part of the Usos Foundation Spirit Nights at Sonny's BBQ! 1500 E. Highway 50 in Clermont. 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You must print out the flyer on www.facebook.com/usossamoanfamilyfoundation or pick one up at the Wild Samoan Pro-Wrestling Training Center on Monday and Wednesday evenings (17649 Highway 27 suite B14, Minneola) and bring this flyer to Sonny's with you for your donation to be counted to Usos Foundation. Come have dinner with WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan and the WXW Wrestlers, and support a great cause! (Sonny's will not accept showing the image on your phone screen, flyer must be printed)

 

 

Aug
02
2014

5:00pm

6th Annual Usos Foundation Lia Maivia Memorial Fundraising Banquet

Dinner, dancing, scholarship presentations, Variety Show Entertainment, silent auction, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, MUCH more!

Variety Show Featuring Humor Resources Improv, Bellydancer Sunny (photo by Lisa Stern), and much more!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug
03
2013

8:00am

5th Annual Usos Foundation Banquet

Gataivasa- Afa "The Wild Samoan", his wife Lynn Anoa'i, and daughter Vale Anoa'i once again welcomed family, friends, board members, and supporters to the Fifth Annual Usos Foundation Fundraising Banquet in Minneola, Florida on Saturday, August 3. The Polynesian and Dance themed banquet was a very fun night for all.

The guests mingled and took turns posing at the much-improved Polynesian photo booth while perusing the 35+ item silent auction! Our celebrity guests included Ata Maivia-Johnson (who has faithfully attended every single year), Afa "the Wild Samoan" Anoa`i, King Haku, Ricky Santana, Tattoo Tony Rodriguez, many WXW wrestlers, and Mayor David Yeager. Guests came from as far away as New Zealand, Canada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania!

Chief Nina Glaude was introduced to say a prayer before dinner. This year's delicious food was from The Golden Corral, with appetizers and two large sheet cakes donated by BJ's Wholesale Club of Clermont and additional desserts by Donut King of Minneola.

Along with a speech from president Lynn Anoa'i and founder Afa the Wild Samoan, last year's Lia Maivia Scholarship recipient Kevin Rojas spoke, followed by this year's recipient, Elvis Maleko. The second Eki "Umaga" Fatu scholarship recipient Jake Echelweck was next, and rounding out the speeches was the first Manny Leibert Scholarship recipient, Bryan Wolosyn. All three of this year's recipients were extremely grateful and touched to have given this great honor.

This year's stellar entertainment was provided by the dancers of Netane Polynesian Productions, with live drummers included. Our DJ was JD Spradlin of Margaritaville Radio, emcee and past Lia Maivia Scholarship Recipient Chris Russo, and Vale Anoa'i, who performed the traditional Samoan Taualuga. Vale also headed the hilarious hula contests, first the kids competition, then men, then women.

There were a great number of excellent door prizes this year, and the silent auction winners were thrilled with their wins! Door prizes included a customized Vale's Buried Treasures creation, merchandise from the Hard Rock Cafe, designer lotions, gift certificates for restaurants, oil changes and wheel alighments, specialty candles, Margaritaville merchandise, salon and barber shop gift certificates, autographed WWE wrestling chair, and much more. The silent auction was highly successful. Among some of the special items were two baskets of autographed merchandise from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a framed and autographed Dwayne Johnson GI Joe poster, an autographed NFL football, a multitude of different themed baskets filled with items, Sea World tickets, Wonderworks tickets, and much, much more.

Everyone went to Gators Dockside in Clermont, FL immediately afterward for a hugely entertaining after party.

Usos Foundation would like to again thank all of you who attended the banquet and for the love, support and donations to our scholarship programs.

Special thanks to WXW's Mark Silva, Tom La Barge, Ata Maivia-Johnson, and Usos Executive Director Andy Salgado for your generosity.

Aug
04
2012

8:00am

4th Annual Usos Foundation Banquet

Gataivasa- Afa "The Wild Samoan", his wife Lynn Anoa'i, and daughter Vale Anoa'i once again welcomed family, friends, board members, and supporters to the Fourth Annual Usos Foundation Fundraising Banquet in Minneola, Florida on Saturday, August 4. The Polynesian and Song & Dance themed banquet was a very fun night for all.

The guests mingled and took turns in the entertaining Polynesian photo booth while perusing the 50+ item silent auction, the largest selection of any banquet yet! Our celebrity guests included Ata Maivia-Johnson (who has faithfully attended every single year), Afa "the Wild Samoan" Anoa`i, King Haku, Diana Hart, Georgia Smith, many WXW wrestlers, and Mayor David Yeager. Guests came from as far away as Samoa, California, Canada, New York, and Pennsylvania!

Afa's daughter Tovale Anoa`i was introduced to say a prayer before dinner. This year's delicious food was from The Golden Corral, with gourmet desserts and double-chocolate fountain by Amanda Mills.

Along with a speech from president Lynn Anoa'i and executive director Andy Salgado, many of the previous Usos Foundation Scholarship recipients spoke, including Sean Maluta, Chris Russo, Aaron Landis, and Clifford Aubuchon. This year's scholarship recipient could not attend, so his fiancee, Julia, tearfully accepted the honor on his behalf.

As usual, Usos founder Afa the Wild Samoan moved everyone with his speech, and was particularly glad that his oldest brother Peseta Tumua Anoa'i and his wife Siniva could come all the way from Samoa for this event.

This year's entertainment was provided by DJ Diana Anderson, emcee JD Spradlin, and dancer Vale Anoa'i, who performed a hula to "Blue Hawa'ii, a fast-paced bellydance drum solo, and the traditional Samoan Taualuga. Vale also headed the hilarious hula contests, first the kids competition, then women, then men. Another fun highlight this year was karaoke, provided by DJ Diana!

There were a great number of excellent door prizes this year, and the silent auction winners were thrilled with their wins! Door prizes included designer makeup-filled bags provided by Lancome, Partylite candle sets, Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts, gift certificates for restaurants, oil changes and wheel alighments, a Red Lobster basket, baskets of cheer, and much more. The silent auction was highly successful. Among some of the special items were a huge basket of autographed merchandise from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a framed and autographed Dwayne Johnson poster, autographed NFL footballs, an NBA basketball autographed by Shaquille O'Neal, a multitude of different themed baskets filled with items, Sea World tickets, Wonderworks tickets, a gigantic Celebrity basket filled with every kind of autographed memorabilia, a $600 Tailgate Grill, and much, much more.

Everyone went to Graffiti Junktion in Clermont, FL immediately afterward for a hugely entertaining after party including a live band.

Usos Foundation would like to again thank all of you who attended the banquet and for the love, support and donations to our scholarship programs.

Aug
08
2011

8:00am

3rd Annual Usos Foundation Banquet

Gataivasa- Afa "The Wild Samoan" and his wife Lynn Anoa'i once again welcomed family, friends, and supporters to the Third Annual Usos Foundation Fundraising Banquet in Minneola, Florida on Saturday, August 6. The Polynesian-themed banquet--with some belly dance entertainment as a special treat-- was a fun night for all.

The guests mingled and enjoyed delicious appetizers while perusing the superb and varied silent auction. Several of the items were rare, some one-of-a-kind! Our celebrity guests included Ata Maivia-Johnson, Afa "the Wild Samoan" Anoa`i, King Haku, Ricky Santana, Atoa Ripley, Diana Hart, WWE superstar Brodus Clay, and Mayor David Yeager.

Afa's daughter Tovale Anoa`i was introduced to say a prayer before dinner. This year's delicious food was provided by The Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill, with dessert from Donut King.

Usos Foundation president Lynn Anoai thanked everyone for their support and explained what the foundation has done in the last year, and then introduced the executive director Andy Salgado. The 2nd Lia Maivia scholarship recipient, Chris Russo, presented the 3rd scholarship to Clifford Aubuchon, who delivered a beautiful and moving speech.

The highlight of the evening was the entertainment. DJ Mini played a great mix of songs, then the Gimme Shimmy Goddesses performed! Vale Anoa'i, Maria Wood, and Diana Anderson donated their time and energy to bellydance for the enchanted audience. After the dancing came the singing. The world-renowned legendary Samoan singer Atoa Ripley (Afa's first cousin) sang several oldie favorites from Frank Sinatra, Englebert Humperdink, and more, that everyone enjoyed and danced to, finishing up with his famous and goose bump-inducing rendition of "My Way", which he dedicated to his cousin Afa. Vale Anoa'i then danced the traditional Samoan Taualuga, followed by 2010 Eki "Umaga" Fatu scholarship recipient Rex Tiumalu's spectacular, awe-inspiring fire knife dance finale!

Usos founder Afa Anoa`i finished off the banquet with a very emotional, heartfelt thank-you to everyone who came to support the event.

Door prizes were won by a lucky few, and the silent auction winners were thrilled with their wins! Door prizes included WWE Pay Per View chairs, Beef O'Brady's and Red Lobster gift certificates, baskets of cheer, and more. The silent auction was very successful. Among some of the special items were an exclusive, custom-made, TV-worn shirt from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, two framed and autographed Dwayne Johnson posters, a one-of-a-kind Mickey Rourke wine bottle (The only one ever made!), autographed Larry Holmes boxing gloves, a multitude of different themed baskets filled with items, Native American hand-made artifacts, theme park tickets, a gigantic Wrestling Fan's Dream basket filled with every kind of memorabilia, a huge Comic Book Lover's Dream basket donated by Action Games & Comics, and much, much more.

DJ Mini got everyone up on the dance floor as our guests danced to wind down the banquet. However, the party was far from over. Everyone went to Beef O'Brady's in Clermont, FL immediately afterward for a hugely entertaining after party! There was a live band, and Atoa Ripley, Vale Anoa'i, and Kimberly Whitehead danced and sang.

Usos Foundation would like to again thank all of you who attended the banquet and for the love, support and donations to our scholarship programs.

Check out the photos!

Jul
08
2011

8:00am

Charity Belly Dance Showcase To Benefit Usos Foundation!

Lisa Stern and Vale Anoa'i co-hosted the Charity Belly Dance Showcase To Benefit Usos Foundation at Ali Baba restaurant in Longwood, FL. The restaurant's customers, Usos supporters, and volunteers were entertained by the exciting variety of dance styles in this 2-hour show. Vale Anoa'i performed a Samoan Taualuga during intermission, which was in honor of the cultural background of the foundation.

Usos Foundation wishes to thank everyone who took part in this event, including C & M Luxury Travel, who transported the volunteers to and from the venue.

Check out the photos!

Jun
28
2011

8:00am

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

Customers of Chick-Fil-A came out to support the foundation's fundraising efforts through Spirit Night. Chick-Fil-A donated 10% of it's sales for a two hour period. There was also a spinning wheel to win free food and other prizes. Afa the Wild Samoan, his wife Lynn, and his WXW wrestlers mingled with customers, took pictures, and a great time was had by all.

Afa's daughter Vale, along with Usos Scholarship Recipients Chris Russo and Aaron Landis had a lot of fun doing the Cha Cha Slide.

Usos would like to give special thanks to our volunteers: Jaye Anoa'i, Mark Silva, Brent Dail, Derek Crewe, Chris Russo, Aaron Landis, Michael Brenner of Keller Williams Realty in Winter Haven, Clint Rees, Cliff Aubuchon, Gary Jamieson, and Jill Sorise.

Check out the photos!

Jun
18
2011

8:00am

WXW Wrestling at Beef O'Brady's

Beef O'Brady's in Clermont had a packed parking lot on Saturday, June 18. WXW Pro Wrestling put on an exciting, action-packed wrestling show to benefit Usos Foundation. Not only were fans treated to 6 thrilling wrestling matches, but also some great country rock music throughout the evening! As everyone knows, you never know who might show up at WXW, and this night was no exception! WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan and the great Barry Windham made surprise appearances! Beef O'Brady's generously donated a portion of food sales to Usos Foundation, and four tickets to WXW's next live event in Minneola on July 30th were auctioned off!

Usos Foundation thanks Beef O'Brady's and WXW Wrestling for a wonderful fundraiser. Special thanks to the WXW wrestlers and crew who donated their time and services: Kid Breeze, Afro Boy, Sean Maluta, Nick Nero, Brent Dail, The Perfect Creation, CJ O'Doyle, Trent Thomas, Sugaa, Kimberly, Candilynn, Mike Cruz, Alex G, Aaron Landis, Dalton Kelly, Chris Russo, Travis, Clint, Cliff, Gary, Jeffrey Lerner, Mayor David Yeager, Mike and Carol of C & M Luxury Travel, and very special thanks to WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and Barry Windham.

Aug
09
2010

8:00am

2nd Annual Usos Foundation Banquet

Gataivasa- Afa "The Wild Samoan" and his wife Lynn Anoa'i once again welcomed family, friends, and supporters to the Second Annual Usos Foundation Fundraising Banquet in Celebration, Florida on Friday, August 6. The Masquerade ball-themed banquet was a fun night for all.

The guests mingled and shared stories and enjoyed each others' creative masks. Our celebrity guests included Ata Maivia-Johnson, Lloyd "LA Smooth" Anoa'i, Afa Jr a.k.a. Manu, Afa "the Wild Samoan" Anoa`i, Haku, Ricky Santana, and Mayor David Yeager.

Afa's daughter Vale Anoa`i introduced Reverend Puni to the podium to say a prayer before dinner. This year's delicious food included salad, chicken Marcel over pasta, mixed veg, delicious seasoned rolls, and a slice of cheesecake for dessert.

The highlight of the evening was the video footage which included a piece from the Travel Channel about the foundation. Also, a display of pictures that was created by Vale Anoa`i to the theme song Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson. This video shared pictures of the past several years' fundraising events.

Following in last year's tradition, the speeches were very heartfelt and emotional (everyone laughed, cheered and cried at some point in the evening). Usos Foundation president Lynn Anoai explained that the choice to host a masquade theme ball was for two reasons, the first because Aunty Lia Maivia loved to dance, and second because while under a mask kings and commonors are alike and in Usos Foundation everyone is equal!

Executive director of the foundation Andy Salgado's speech compared Usos and the people in whose names the scholarships were created as members of The Wizard of Oz cast. His speech left the message of heart, courage, brains, and more in everyone's mind

Usos founder Afa Anoa`i touched on the recent Tsunami fundraiser that Usos hosted and how so many supporters came out to help. He spoke about what the kids in the Usos program mean to him and he completed his speech with a video from his nephew Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who congratulated Afa and Lynn on their foundation work and spoke to the guests in attendance.

Aaron Landis was the reciepent of the second scholarship in the memory of Adam Brandon Carreras. Aaron's speech was very touching and full of emotion.

Christopher Russo followed with receiving the second Lia Maivia scholarship and Rex Tiumalu receivied the first Eki "Umaga" Fatu scholarship.

The silent auction was beautifully displayed, there were nearly 30 wonderful items up for bid, including legend wrestling memorabilia.

Smooth Entertainment's Mike Madawi got everyone up on the dance floor as

our guests danced under the stars. Once again the highlight of the night was the dynamic and exciting Polynesian portion of the Show! Everyone cheered for Rex Tiumalu, the world champion fire knife dancer who you've seen perform at last year's banquet.

The party once again continued after the banquet as family and friends gathered at the Mona Lisa Suites.

Usos Foundation would like to again thank all of you who attended the banquet and for the love, support and donations to our scholarship programs.

Check out the photos!

May
02
2010

8:00am

Usos Foundation Spaghetti Dinner and Date Auction Fundraiser

Doors opened at 5:00 PM. Following a dinner prayer and the traditional spaghetti dinner with salad and dinner rolls, there was a silent auction with one of a kind items including a painting by Vale Anoa`i and autograph wrestling legends and actor memorabilia, romantic weekend getaway, pet basket and other terrific items. The main event of the evening featured a live auction. Our date volunteers, Vale Anoa`i and WXW wrestler Aleki Lee a/k/a Kid Breeze, were auctioned off to the highest bidder. The date winner for Kid Breeze was Miss Nikki Crew and when the bidding started for Vale her Dad--Usos founder and 2007 WWE Hall of Famer Afa The Wild Samoan--jumped up and placed the highest bid because he feels that no one is good enough for his daughter. Afa finally allowed the bidder runner up Mr. Faicel Belkhir to attend the dinner date with Vale. The double daters were taken by C&M Luxury Limo to Denny's Restaurant for a fun dinner and birthday cake for Vale who unselfishly donated her time to the foundation on her birthday.

Special thanks to Mr. David Yeager for all his assistance in making our event happen.

Thank you so much for your support to Usos Foundation. It meant so much to us that you took the time to attend our fund raiser. Your support is so appreciated and allows us to continue the work that we do for at risk youth. We hope that you enjoyed the fund raiser as much as we enjoyed having you there.

Hope you can join us next year!

Check out the photos!

Nov
08
2009

8:00am

Usoali'i Tsunami Relief Fundraising Luau

The Usoali'i Tsunami Relief Fundraising Luau on November 8, 2009 was a beautiful event for a very important cause. The money raised from the fundraiser was sent to the islands of American Samoa, Samoa, and Tonga to help rebuild after the terrible earthquake and tsunami devastated the South Pacific.

Hundreds are dead and Villages are destroyed in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga by the Tsunami

September 29, 2009

It was reported by scientists that the tsunami that devastated the islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga was the result of a shallow rupture in the earth's crust. The earthquake, which was measured as high as 8.3 on the Richter scale, occurred 190 kilometers southwest of American Samoa.

Family member survivors of this deadly earthquake-triggered tsunami described to Usos Foundation founder and fellow Samoan, Gataivasa Afa Anoa`i how they watched the beautiful ocean attack and swallow up villages and lives leaving devastation, fear and heartache in its path. Hundreds are confirmed dead and homes, churches and villages were razed by the tsunami. Gataivasa Afa Anoa'i personally lost five family members.

Gataivasa Afa Anoa'i reached out to his friends, family and community and Usos-The Samoan Family Foundation, Inc. partnered with a committee of volunteers who formed the Usoali`i Tsunami Relief Fund to benefit the victims of the Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga Islands that were devastated by the September 29, 2009 Tsunami.

The Usoali`i Tsunami Relief fundraiser luau took place on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Recreation Center located in the City Hall building in Minneola, Florida. Friends and community gathered to support the committee's efforts.

The luau took place from 2 to 7 PM. Committee volunteers unselfishly came together to prepare a traditional Polynesian luau with an abundance of food, world-class professional Polynesian entertainers donated their services, which gave a sense of true island authenticity, fantastic prizes were raffled off, including a one-of-a-kind shirt worn by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, an autographed poster from Race To Witch Mountain, Orlando Magic courtside seats, and a money tree.

To keep with the tradition of the Polynesian culture, several family members performed the Taualuga, a beautiful dance during which the audience shows their appreciation by showering the dancer with money, all of which was donated to the tsunami relief fund.

The generosity of those who made donations and attended the fundraiser is deeply appreciated, especially in lieu of the recession that our economy is facing. The total raised from attendees and outside donations was $8,316.27. Our expenses included the food and printing costs totalling $522.57, leaving the total funds raised $7,793.70. These funds were divided equally in the amount of $2,597.90 and sent by cashier check to:

Cashier Check number one in the amount of $2,597.90 was issued to:

American Samoa Red Cross - Local Chapter

P.O. Box 2635

American Samoa 96799

Cashier Check number two in the amount of $2,597.90 was issued to:

Samoa Red Cross

P.O. Box 16167

Apia Samoa c/o Namu laulu Mauala

Cashier Check number three in the amount of $2,597.90 was issued to:

Father Seluini Akanola - Toutaimana Center

P.O. Box 1

Nukualofa, Tongan Island

On behalf of all of us involved in this fundraiser, we wish to thank everyone for their kindness and support. Special thanks to mayor David Yeager, Joe LaPolla, Kat Hiatt, and the city of Minneola for the donation of the facility hall and Niagra Water, and the donations from volunteers of decorations, leis, paper plates, desserts, chicken, two pigs, and auction items. Thanks to Mr. Gary Tolley and Bright House Networks, First Priority Printing, the Daily Commercial Newspaper, Active South Lake Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, and the News Leader. Thanks to Mr. Mike Madawi for the use of his professional sound system.

Special thanks to Congressman Faleomavaega Eni of American Samoa for his support and the DVD footage of the devastation, WWE and staff for featuring the story of the tsunami and interview with Afa "The Wild Samoan" on their Web site, Entertainers Netane Productions, Lanakila Productions, Polynesian Pacific Revue- Browns Wolfgramm Productions, Royal Hawaiian Review, Lani Wolfgramm, , Pacific Entertainers, Siva Samoa, Mikey and Jimmy- Samoan Entertainers, Rex Tiumalu, Via Tiumalu Jr., D.J. P. Mauigoa. Thanks to Orlando Dodge, Dwayne Johnson, Trent Thomas, Andy Salgado, Lamasi and Mary Chris Peremika, and Pandy and Pete Silavutiset.

Usoali'i Tsunami Relief Fund Committee Members: Gataivasa Afa Anoa'i, Lynn Anoa'i, Tovale Anoa'i, Via Tiumalu, Koki Lealaitafea, Fili Aulava, Malo Tautalatasi, Beverly Tautalatasi, Andre Glaude, Nina Tua'au-Glaude, Mike Madawi, Tonga Fifita, Wayne Fonoti, Antoinette Williams, Nia Netane, Louie Netane, and Tusi Netane.

Usos Foundation also made a donation of the amount of $2,000, sent to American Samoa immediately after the tsunami.

Courtesy of The Daily Commercial Newspaper-

'Wild Samoan' raising relief money

MILLARD K. IVES

Staff Writer

MINNEOLA -- This week's Samoa earthquake and tsunami have hit at least one local person.

Minneola resident Afa Anoa'i, better known as half of the sibling tag wrestling team Wild Samoans, has relatives who are missing.

And two cousins are dead: a school principal and a resort owner. Anoa'i said his cousin Tui Annendale, the resort owner, is one of the island's richest women and made national news after she was swept away trying to save some children.

Anoa'i, an native of the Island of American Samoa, plans to hold a luau or some entertainment fundraiser in Minneola within the next week or so to help benefit his native land.

"The islands were hit pretty hard," said Anoa'i on Thursday afternoon, at which time about 150 people had been reported killed. "I want to reach out to the community."

Anoa'i said he planned to talk with Minneola Mayor Dave Yeager by today to discuss the event. He added he hopes to get a lot of area residents from the South Pacific involved.

He's asking local people interested in helping to make cash donations to the American Red Cross for the victims.

It wasn't clear whether Anoa'i intends on paying a visit to his homeland, but he said travel there now is practically impossible.

Anoa'i hasn't had problems keeping up with the aftermath of the magnitude 8.0-plus quake that struck off Samoa just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, EDT, before the islands were engulfed by four tsunami waves.

He's been staying in contact with family members and friends there.

"Unfortunately we are still waiting to hear more news on missing family members, hopefully good news," he said.

He said his home was especially vulnerable to tsunami waves because many of the roads are just off the ocean.

"I just can't image what happened when waves hit the islands," he said.

Anoa'i almost was in the middle of it himself. He was scheduled to return to his village in Leone a few days ago for a name ceremony with his high chief. But the ceremony got postponed to November.

Anoa'i, 66, who retired from the World Wrestling Federation in 1984, has been heavily involved in his community and continues to be active in wrestling circles. He said he hopes to put together a large, national event involving wrestlers as well as football, boxing and baseball athletes from the South Pacific to raise funds from his native land.

His nephew, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who made a surprise appearance at a WXW Wrestling event in Minneola this past weekend, also could be one of the guests.

Anoa'i, along with his brother Sika, were known for their unorthodox behavior in and around the ring, which included communicating in unintelligible grunts and eating raw fish during interviews.

They were later joined by Anoa'i's son, Samu. The Wild Samoans were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

Courtesy of wwe.com-

Afa the Wild Samoan fights for his homeland

By: Ryan Murphy

Written: October 16, 2009

WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan has been deeply affected by the disasters in his homeland of Samoa.

It’s not often that a man as strong and revered as Afa the Wild Samoan feels powerless. However, the recent tragedies in the Samoa Islands have had that effect on the WWE Hall of Famer.

Since late September, a string of natural disasters has devastated several countries across the Asia Pacific. Catastrophic earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons have left thousands homeless and without food or medical supplies. The death toll has neared 2,000 across the region.

"A few minutes ago, I got a phone call from my island. We got hit with another earthquake just a little while ago," Afa told WWE.com Wednesday afternoon. "It seems like it never ends."

Nearly 200 people are feared dead due to an earthquake and a 20-foot tsunami across the Samoan Islands and Tonga, including members of Afa's extended family.

"I have three brothers still living on the island today, a bunch of cousins, aunts and uncles," Afa said. "Five of my cousins' lives were taken away, but my brothers are all okay. Thank god for that."

In addition to the tragedies in Samoa, earthquakes have claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people in Padang, Sumatra, while typhoons have killed more than 700 people in the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

These disasters have deeply affected the ring legend and his wife, Lynn, and they are doing everything in their power to help.

"Our first reaction when it happened was to collect items that we could ship over to the island, but we were told by Red Cross not to do that, because it's so expensive to get the items shipped," Lynn explained. "They're just asking everybody to make [monetary] donations."

In addition to working with the Red Cross, Lynn and Afa are also doing some fundraising of their own through Usos (Samoan for "brothers") Foundation.

"We’re doing a luau here in central Florida," Lynn said. "All the Polynesians in our community are coming together and we have entertainers from Sea World and Disney and Universal Studios. They're all going to perform at this event so we can sell tickets and raise money."

Afa and Lynn are also asking the WWE Universe for help with this important cause. You can do your part by visiting and offering contributions at the following Web sites:

Usos Foundation
American Red Cross
Americares

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Oct
28
2009

8:00am

South Lake County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at the Wild Samoan Training Center!

On October 28, 2009 the friends, family, and students of the Wild Samoan Pro-Wrestling Training Center/WXW Wrestling and Usos Foundation joined the South Lake Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors at the Wild Samoan Training Center for the official Ribbon Cutting. WWE Hall of Famer Afa "The Wild Samoan" runs a program for at-risk youth with no direction. They show them pride, self esteem, how to succeed, and the mind-body-spirit connection. For more information, please check out the information on our Web site www.usosfoundation.org.

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Aug
07
2009

8:00am

1st Annual Usos Foundation Banquet

Gataivasa- Afa "The Wild Samoan" and his wife Lynn Anoa'i welcomed family, friends, and supporters to the First Annual Usos Foundation Fundraising Banquet in Celebration, Florida on Thursday, August 6. The banquet was absolutely amazing.

The 100+ guests mingled and took many photos with some of the celebrity guests, including Ata Maivia-Johnson, Leati Polaivao Anoa'i a.k.a. Sika the Wild Samoan, Haku, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Diana, Georgia, and Alison Hart, Rikishi, Samu, Toa Maivia, Ricky Santana, and Minneola mayor David Yeager.

WXW senior ring announcer Maven Bentley emceed the event and introduced Afa's daughter Monica Anoai-Albright to the podium to say a prayer before dinner. The food was delicious (Salad, chicken cutlet parmigiana, fettuccini alfredo, spicy green beans, delicious seasoned rolls, and a slice of cheesecake for dessert), the speeches were very heartfelt and emotional (everyone cried at some point in the evening). There was a "wrestling fan's dream" moment when Afa, Sika, and Jimmy Snuka did a speech together. Usos Foundation president Lynn Anoai, Usos volunteer Antoinette Williams, the executive director of the foundation Andy Salgado, Haku, and Pam and Fritz Fedele (the parents of Adam Carreras) all spoke from the heart.

Sarona Snuka-Polamalu (Daughter of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka) was the first recipient of the Lia Maivia Scholarship to the Wild Samoan Training Center, and Wes "Da Biff" Peel was the first recipient of the Adam Brandon Carreras Scholarship. Sarona and Biff were deeply emotional and proud to carry the scholarships they greatly deserve.

The silent auction was a lot of fun, there were almost 40 fantastic items up for bid, including 3-day, 2-night stays at incredible 5-star resorts, donated by the Mona Lisa Suite Hotel.

But the highlight of the night was the dynamic and exciting Polynesian Show! After the silent auction, everyone was ushered outside, where the Polynesian band was set up, and a whole golf lawn full of chairs. Once everyone sat down, the show began. Rex Tiumalu, the world champion fire knife dancer who you've seen perform at WXW shows, did the opening number, which got a lot of gasps and astonished cheers from the well over 100 people watching. Then there were some Tahitian dances, some Hawaiian dances, an absolutely adorable 5-year-old champion Tahitian dancer, then there was a Maori poi dance, several other impressive and beautiful dances, a Tongan Tau'oluga, and much more.

Usos Foundation wishes to thank our entertainment: Drums of Tahiti (Andy and Moeata and Cast), Lanakila Productions (Janice and Lanakila and Cast), Aloha Productions (Racheal Mclroy and Cast), Wolfgramm Royal Polynesian (Kalei and Cast), Netane Productions, and Usos Band (Via Tiumalu, Sefa Leapai, Malo Tautalatasi, and Fili Aulava).

Afa's youngest daughter Tovale Anoai performed the intricate and traditional Samoan Taualuga. The Taualuga is a very special dance, referred to as the "Princess Dance", performed by the Taupou (princess), daughter of a high chief. The assembled audience runs up and dances behind her, cheering and supporting her, and dropping money on her. The Taupou mimics certain cultural things in the dance, such as the Ava ceremony. It's an eloquent and graceful dance, and she was deeply honored to perform it in front of the family, friends, and everyone who came to the Usos Foundation banquet.

After Tovale's dance came the mind-blowing, eye-popping finale. Via Tiumalu Jr. (a.k.a. Vijay), Rex's big brother and another world champion fire knife dancer, performed a staggeringly awesome dance which was unbelievable. He possessed such skill, such amazing, incredible, natural-born talent. There were about 8 girls in costume behind him holding up flaming torches, which added a magical feeling to Vijay's dance. Rex joined in, and the audience was absolutely spellbound.

After the show, several of the guests went to the lovely 5-star Mona Lisa Hotel for an afterparty to celebrate a highly successful evening. There was a lot of singing, dancing, and declarations that people couldn't wait for next year's banquet.

Special thanks to our executive director Andy Salgado, business manager Bob McInnes, Trish and Adam Ribblett of First Priority Printing in Clermont, FL, Mona Lisa Suite Hotel, Publix Supermarket, Gators Dockside Restaurant, The Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster, and Allstate Corp. Northbrook, IL C/O Teufel Insurance Agency.

The second annual Usos Foundation Banquet has already been scheduled for Friday, August 6, 2010. Everyone who came to the banquet enthusiastically committed to return for next year's festivities. Next year's banquet will feature a masquerade ball, so mark your calendars now and get your tickets early before they sell out! Visit www.usosfoundation.org for updates and information about Usos Foundation.

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Charity Wines

Usos Foundation is proud to announce that we have partnered with Charity Wines for their newest brand, Legend Cellars. We are honored to be the first wrestling affiliation with this great fundraising opportunity. Legend Cellars recently released four brand new wines to accompany the eight original wines featuring professional wrestlers. The inaugural release included wines featuring wrestling superstars, The Wild Samoans, Rocky Johnson, Scott Hall, Samu, Haku, The Iron Sheik, Ricky Santana, and the late Davey Boy Smith. The four new wines feature High Chief Peter Maivia, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, The Magnificent Don Muraco, and the Alofa Forever sparkling white wine featuring High Chief Peter Maivia and his wife Lia Maivia. Proceeds from the sale of these wines benefits Usos - The Samoan Family Foundation.

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