Spring has sprung and life keeps growing. Including the efforts of Renew Yamada. We are happy to report great successes in the many fund-raisers for the one-year anniversary, new interests from churches in Las Vegas and Tokyo and some hopeful plans for the re-building of Yamada town.
There was a great turn-out for the Dance Class Benefit organized by Meccamee Dance Troupe, held on March 11th (the actual anniversary date) at the Dance Zone. Renew Yamada T-shirts were sold and a large number of energetic participants turned-out to enjoy great talent and fun dancing. All proceeds went to Renew Yamada. The following week at the monthly ‘Tuesday Blend’, proceeds were again donated to Renew Yamada. Several hundred talented entertainers and spectators gathered at the ‘Hard Rock on the Strip’ for a night of showcasing talents, including dance troupes, artists and taiko players.
There was a raffle of many wonderful prizes that were donated by thoughtful Businesses and Individuals.
We would like to give a big shout out to all the donors of the prizes.
A few T-shirts were sold, however, we now have some inventory. See pictures and order yours now (shameless plug, I admit).
There were many people who helped put both events together, particularly, Ron, Miki, Jane, Faith, Tricia, Susan, the Korabo Taiko group and the Tuesday’s Blend gang, just to name a few. Of course, none of these activities would have been possible without the commitment, connections and dedication of Emi Horiai, who did the majority of the work. Her inspiration to help the people of her father’s town is the motivating spirit behind Renew Yamada.
The funds collected came to $1506.00 and now our grand total is $5114.00. We will be donating to
Yamada’s elementary school children to go towards replacing washed away playground equipment and other supplies. In the coming weeks Emi will be approaching St. Thomas More Catholic Community in
Las Vegas and I will meet with a small but dedicated congregation from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tokyo to ask for some more assistance.
Two new upcoming projects that Renew Yamada will report on and attempt to find ways to assist will be the Oranda-jima project ( http://www.oranda-jima.org/ ) and the building of a new home for Toshiaki’s Aunt Miya, who lost both of her children, Takehiko (53) and Rumi (49), as well as her home, in the tsunami. Watch for upcoming posts on these and other related topics. If you like, feel free to sign up to receive an e-mail when new posts are made.