Creating a lasting legacy of Support for Future Hawai‘i fans

Kent and Dora Youel
Photo by Vince Baldemor

"As fans and donors we tried to strengthen UH athletics, support opportunities for women, and bolster the role of the band and cheerleaders."

- Kent and Dora Youel

Through our funding vehicles such as outright gifts of cash, securities and real estate, along with deferred gifts (charitable remainder trusts, lead trusts), gift annuities and bequest intentions, we provide many of our fans an opportunity to be part of the success of University of Hawai‘i Athletics.

One philanthropic couple has done it all for UH Athletics. The Coast guard transferred the Youels to Hawai‘i in 1990 and they chose to retire here. Their first interest in UH came with men’s basketball. Kent later became President of the Wahine golf Booster Club, host of the Kent Youel Invitational women’s collegiate golf tournament, and a board member of ‘Ahahui Koa Ānuenue. Dora and Kent assisted with Murphy’s Pig Skin Pigout for many years and have been volunteers with the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl since its inception.

The Youels are great fans having attended over 1,000 UH sporting events over the years. They are AKA package holders and have also used almost every funding vehicle from annual cash gifts to various sports to endowing a scholarship fund for women’s golf. They have backed UHM student athletes all the way, whether it’s football, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s golf, cheerleaders or band members. Through their living trust agreement they established the Kent and Dora Youel Endowed Scholarship fund for men’s basketball and women’s golf. They recently updated the trust to set up the Kent and Dora Youel Travel Endowment Fund to provide travel funds for the band, Rainbow Warrior Dancers, Cheerleaders and possible future UHM mascots.

Through their philanthropic passion for the university, the Youel’s have shaped a distinctive culture of giving that will provide opportunities for University of Hawai‘i students well into the future.

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