On Saturday, September 21, over 250 people came together to celebrate the 3rd Annual Nikkei Place Community Awards and Fundraising Dinner at Nikkei Place. Seven individuals and organizations received awards, selected by the Nikkei Place Foundation Selections Committee, for building a strong and vibrant community at Nikkei place and beyond.
Emceed by Justin Ault, NNMCC Director, the event kicked off with a Taiko performance by Chibi Taiko and a donation of $80,000 from the Fisherman?s Legacy Challenge Committee was presented by Dan Nomura to Beth Carter, Museum Director and Curator, and Cathy Makihara, President of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.
The evening program featured two keynote speakers: Dr. Henry Shimizu and Cassandra Kobayashi. Guests were also treated to performances by Yamato Okano and Tyson Veregas and a special video presentation, Children of Redress, directed by Greg Matsuda.
At the end of the night over $159,000 was raised to support programs, activities, research and exhibits at Nikkei place. We want to thank all the awardees, donors, sponsors and volunteers for their participation in the community awards dinner. A special thanks goes out to the presenting sponsor, Canadian Tire ? Grandview Hwy and Cambie St. locations, and Diamond Sponsors Davis LLP and Izumiya.
We also would like to thank the following awardees again for their commitment to building the Nikkei community: Powel Street Festival Society, Gordon Kadota, Dr. Midge Ayukawa, Marie Katsuno, Kiyo Goto, Henry Wakabayashi and Noako Ohkohchi on behalf of Cosmos Volunteer Group.
On behalf of Nikkei Place Foundation, Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre and Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society we would like to thank you all for your generous support.