'California Strong:' Braun, Yelich, Moustakas, Attanasio family join forces to help wildfire, shooting victims

MILWAUKEE -- The wildfires in California hit close to home for Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun -- literally.

Braun said his house was damaged, but thankfully, not destroyed.

"We thought we had lost it at one point and just feel incredibly fortunate and grateful we'll eventually have a house to go back to. There's things obviously that happen that always put life in perspective and we're hoping to be back in our house in the next couple weeks," Braun said.

At an event for the Hunger Task Force Wednesday morning, Nov. 21 Braun was wearing a "California Strong" shirt.

It's a campaign started by Braun, Christian Yelich, Mike Moustakas and the Attanasio family to help those affected by the wildfires and the horrific bar shooting in Thousand Oaks.

Money raised through merchandise sales and online auctions will go directly to the victims.


CLICK HERE to learn more about the California Strong campaign (in partnership with the Southeast Ventura County YMCA), or to make a donation. A press release from the Brewers notes 100 percent of proceeds from every donation will be given to families in need in California.

To pay by check, please make your check out to Southeast Ventura County YMCA with memo "California Strong" and mail it to:

Southeast Ventura County YMCA
Attn: Megan Glynn
100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 187
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, "Giving Tuesday," the Brewers Community Foundation will match up to $25,000 in donations to the California Strong campaign.