The efforts to provide material and emotional support for the people of Japan, and particularly those impacted by the unimaginable loss of life stemming from the Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami are underway.
Kizuna – Unity and Hope for Japan, a fundraiser, gathering and concert event will be held April 2, 2011, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Macphail Center for the Arts, 501 S 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401.
Led by Tomoko Fujiwara and Yuko Miyamoto, the event will be co-sponsored by the Red Cross, Japan America Society, several Sister City organizations and many others.
Loring Theater and Mu Performing Arts have collaborated to produce a Japan Relief Concert to feature Mu Daiko Taiko and guests, in a Benefit Fundraiser for the People of Japan. The event will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2011. 7:00 p.m. at Loring Theater (formerly Music Box Theatre) at1407 Nicollet Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55403
The fundraiser will feature Mu Daiko, Momoko Tanno, Francesca and Isabella Dawis, Sara Ochs, and others. The event is being promoted with the help of the Japan Citizen’s League, American Red Cross, Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, and Japan American Society of Minnesota.
A suggested donation of $50 will be taken at the door. All proceeds from this evening will go to the American Red Cross for Japan Relief efforts. Reservations strongly encouraged. Call 612-353-6781.
In light of recent tragedies in Japan, Catalyst Ranch, in association with Porchlight Music Theatre (Chicago’s premiere music theatre, brings together some of the best talent from the Chicago theatre scene for a one-night-only cabaret to benefit Japanese disaster relief funds. The event will be held on March 27, 2011 at Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St # 3W, Chicago, IL 60661-2163. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 6:00 p.m.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago in their efforts to support Japan in this time of need.
“Upon hearing of all misfortunes and continuing emergencies that are befalling Japan, we at Catalyst Ranch felt it was incredibly important to pull together an event which would provide swift aid and some level of relief to all those suffering in Japan,” said Eva Niewiadomski, owner of Catalyst Ranch. “The American Red Cross is uniquely positioned to offer immediate aid to affected areas, which is why we have decided to team up with them on this fundraiser.”
Catalyst Ranch staff member and Porchlight Music Theatre artistic associate Danny Bernardo added that in times of crisis, the artistic community copes by banding together.
“To acquire such top names as Joseph Anthony Foronda, Emily Morales, Christine Bunuan, Erik Kaiko and Jillian Jocson in less than a day proves how compassionate and giving the Chicago theatre community truly is,” said Bernardo. “As Asian American artists, it’s a blessing to be able stand together and give back for this cause, and we are grateful that Catalyst Ranch and Porchlight Music Theatre is giving us this opportunity.”
The evening will feature performances from Joseph Anthony Foronda (second national tour Miss Saigon, Broadway revival Pacific Overtures) Emily Morales (Broadway revival South Pacific), Christine Bunuan (Steppenwolf’s Kafka on the Shore, Drury Lane’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Erik Kaiko (Bailiwick’s Departure Lounge, Silk Road’s Durango), and Jillian Jocson (Marriott’s Miss Saigon, Porchlight’s It’s a Wonderful Life).The evening will be hosted by Keith Uchima (formerly of Stir-Friday Night!) and Chelsea Dolinar-Hikawa (Porchlight’s Pacific Overtures), music directed by Jackie Rada and directed by Danny Bernardo (who also performs).
Food and open bar are included with a monetary donation. The event is sponsored and catered by Big Delicious Planet and Go Pride!
There is a $25 suggested donation. Seating is limited and reservations can be made through PayPal at www.catalystranch.com/happenings1.html. For information visit e-mail [email protected] or call 312-207-1710.
The United Nations World Food Program has launched a logistics operation to support the Government of Japan’s delivery of relief items to victims of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.
“Today WFP stands with Japan – one of the most generous humanitarian nations on earth that has always been there when others have needed help,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. “WFP’s emergency operation is a direct response to the government’s request for help in meeting the epic logistical challenges they face in their heroic rescue efforts.”
WFP’s logistics experts are helping to move relief items swiftly to the affected areas, where some 350,000 people are estimated to be staying in 2,100 shelters. In addition to deploying logistical expertise, WFP is also arranging the delivery of mobile warehouses to store relief items that will help those worst affected by the disaster.
For the first time ever, the entire $1.17 million required to support WFP’s operation was raised through donations from the general public, companies and their employees, with sufficient funds mobilised within 36 hours of WFP launching an appeal. Nearly half of the operational budget was donated to WFP by the American Red Cross.
Alongside the members of the general public who responded to an on-line appeal, WFP’s Japan operation is being supported by the WFP South Korean Ambassador Against Hunger, Jang Dong Gun, Mars Japan, PepsiCo Foundation, Royal Canin Japan, Thai Channel 3, Unilever, Vodafone Foundation, the Wm Wrigley Junior Company Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation.
The international express and mail delivery company, TNT, helped to transport items to areas hit by the quake and tsunami. Working with TNT, WFP has coordinated the delivery of 59,000 blankets that had arrived at Tokyo’s Narita airport from Canada, India and Thailand.
WFP has built up decades of experience in delivering food and other relief items in the most challenging environments. On any given day, WFP operates 60 aircrafts, 40 ships, and 5,000 trucks around the world. Due to its long track record in providing logistics support, WFP is mandated to lead logistics operations by UN agencies and NGOs whenever a humanitarian emergency strikes.