A coalition of 30 Washington D.C.-based organizations, known as Capital Hearts for Japan, raised nearly 16 thousand dollars on Saturday, March 26 at the venue, The Park on Fourteenth, for children affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. More than three hundred attendees were entertained by local performers, took part in a silent auction, and heard remarks from Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki and prominent Japanese American and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.
“It was inspiring to see the Washington D.C. community come together for a good cause,” said Priscilla Baek, a board member of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership and one of the organizers of the event. “The money generated here will be put to immediate use and many struggling Japanese children, stricken by the recent disasters, will be helped.”
The night’s main event, the silent auction, saw in-kind donations from area businesses that included airline tickets, passes to comedy and sporting events, and more than 40 gift certificates to restaurants, bars, gyms, and hair salons. All proceeds generated from the event will be donated to Save the Children, an international aid organization that provides emergency relief for children affected by disaster and devastation.
Nearly 250,000 remain displaced and more than 27,000 have been reported missing or dead, according to a recent United Nations report. Approximately 100,000 surviving children have been affected and are at risk as a result of the recent earthquake and tsunami.
Capital Hearts for Japan is a grassroots coalition of diverse organizations in the D.C. metro area that was formed to provide support for Japan following the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. For a full list of sponsoring organizations, please go to our facebook page www.facebook.com/capitalheartsforjapan