Stephen and Ayesha Curry donate $25,000 in 'Celebrity Family Feud' winnings to Sonoma County fire recovery fund
The NBA's all-star couple, Stephen and Ayesha Curry, clinched yet another victory Sunday evening on ABC's Celebrity Family Feud.
The couple, alongside Stephen's parents and sister, faced off against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul and his family, winning $25,000 during the TV game show that will be donated to Community Foundation Sonoma County.
Steph might command the court during Golden State Warriors games, but Ayesha came prepared to dominate in the game show's “Fast Money” lightning-round, earning a whopping 194 points, just six points shy of winning the $25,000 prize.
Host Steve Harvey then heckled Steph, who needed only two correct answers to clinch the game: “If you don't get this, you're out of the league.” Steph delivered and won the cash prize, then revealed his family was donating it to the Sonoma County foundation.
The donation is earmarked specifically for the Resilience Fund, a long-term relief fund set up in the aftermath of last year's deadly North Bay fires, said Caitlin Childs, communications director for the Community Foundation.
ABC notified the foundation several months ago that a celebrity contestant had chosen it as the recipient if they won the prize. Childs said it was a “really lovely surprise” that the Curry family, who call the East Bay town of Alamo home, were making the donation.
This isn't the first time the Currys have shown support for survivors of the North Bay fires. Last October, the Warriors invited a young girl whose family had lost their home in the wildfires to a game in Oakland.
Jordyn Johnsen, who was 9 years old at the time, grabbed her pair of Curry 3 basketball shoes before fleeing her home and wrote a letter to Curry explaining what had happened to her family. Curry sent a care package and tickets to the Johnsen family and met with the girl, gifting her a brand new pair of Curry 4s.
The Currys' donation to the Community Foundation will bring much-needed attention to fire recovery efforts in Sonoma County, said Elizabeth Brown, the foundation's president and CEO.
“The Currys' win is an important and very high-profile reminder that donations are still needed to ensure that people will be able to rebuild, and heal, from this disaster,” Brown said in an email.
The foundation anticipates the Resilience Fund will underwrite recovery efforts for the next five to 10 years.
You can reach Staff Writer Meghan Herbst at 707-521-5250 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @Megeherbst.
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