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Friends hold fundraiser for family of Kaneohe hit-and-run victim

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KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By: Kaitlin Kogachi

Not long ago, Matthew Fragas was killed in a Kaneohe hit-and-run, leaving behind a wife and two young children. Friends of Fragas have organized a fundraiser to benefit his two boys, Zane and Duke.

The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, August 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at King Intermediate School Football Field, located at 46-155 Kamehameha Highway.

The event will feature live entertainment, including Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee Darin Leong, Jon Yamasato, Tino Moe and Tamatoa, and Bamboo Crew. Masa & Joyce will serve Hawaiian plate, and burgers and fries will also be available. Keiki will have the chance to enjoy a variety of activities, including bouncers, face and hair painting, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Adult activities will include a silent auction, massage tent, and viewing of memorabilia.

Presale tickets for adults are $15 and for children ten and older are $10. At the door, tickets for adults are $20, and tickets for children ten and older are $15. Children under ten are free. Guests can purchase presale tickets at 45-582 Kamehameha Highway from Masa and Joyce on Saturday, July 21 and Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

30-year-old Fragas was killed when he was struck by a car as he crossed Kahekili Highway early on the morning of June 2. He left behind his wife, Nola, and their two sons, Zane (8) and Duke (5).

Fragas served as a fire protection journeyman with the 624th Regional Support Group (RSG) Civil Engineer Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base. He also served his country in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Air Force Reserves. After graduating from Castle High School in 2000, he enlisted with the 154th Services Flight, Hawaii Air National Guard in 2002. Fragas was honored as the 624th RSG Noncommissioned Officer of the Year in 2010.

For more information about the event, contact Michele Ishiki at 870-1720.

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