Our next big event will be a Gala Dinner to be held on the Evening of April 17, 2011. We hope to have between 500 to 700 people in attendance. The dinner will feature a silent and a live auction, as well as a 50/50 draw with all net proceeds being donated to the cause. Below is our report on the Open House. There are also plenty of other events happening in Calgary.
On Saturday, March 19, 2011, the Calgary Japanese community held an open house/fundraiser in support of the Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami relief efforts. Hosted at the Calgary Nikkei Cultural & Senior Centre, the “Wings to Japan” Fundraiser featured entertainment by our local cultural groups, craft tables selling various Japanese items, food donated from various sponsors, and most importantly served as an outlet for people to donate to the relief efforts. The community was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from both the Japanese community and general public. “We really didn’t have an monetary expectation,” said Kevin Okabe, chair of the CJCA earthquake/tsunami relief committee. “This was more of an event to get the community together to let Calgarians know what we’re doing in terms of relief efforts. We never expected an attendance of approximately one thousand people and that over $80,000 in funds would be raised for the Japan Disaster Relief Effort. We wish to thank all of the volunteers, donors and attendees for making this event so memorable and successful.” The Calgary Japanese community will continue its fundraising efforts and is planning other activities and events including a gala fundraising dinner on the evening of April 17, 2011. Full details about future events will be released shortly. Please check our website at http://www.calgaryjca.com for future updates or follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/calgaryjca
The CJCA(Calgary Japanese Community Association) is organizing a number of a fundraising activities and events to help raise money for the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami victims. The first event will be held on Saturday, March 19th from 9AM to 5PM at the Calgary Nikkei Cultural & Senior Centre located at 2236-29th Street SW, Calgary. This event will feature exhibitions of Japanese Culture, refreshments and guest book that can be signed with expressions of support.