PRATTVILLE, Ala. (May 6, 2016) — Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC), in coordination with Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (RTJ) and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), is collecting funds to help families coping with flooding in Elba, Ala., and earthquake victims in Kumamoto, Japan.
YTC said it has pledged to donate $5,000 to the flood recovery in Elba and already has sent emergency funds to Kumamoto. The tire maker also is setting up donation boxes at its booth and other areas at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, taking place in Prattville this weekend.
“We are very close to the people of Alabama and are glad we can help families get their lives back to normal in Elba,” said Hideto Katsuragawa, CEO of Yokohama Corp. of North America and CEO of YTC. “We are also doing the same for the city of Kumamoto, which suffered a devastating earthquake recently.
“We thank the patrons coming to the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic for their generous support in helping the disaster victims recover.”
Funded by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the RTJ, which opened in 1992, was built to help expand tourism, recruit industry and attract retirees, It offers 26 courses on 11 sites across the state.
Founded in 1950, the LPGA is the world's leading professional golf organization for women. It has more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries.