Go For Broke National Education Center's eTorch - April 2017

President's Message

PresidentI need your help!

At Go For Broke National Education Center, we are doing some wonderful work. Our exhibition continues to bring in more and more people each week. We have had two public programs this year about which people have raved. Our traveling exhibit is about ready to take flight in the summer. Our essay, poetry, and video contest is underway. Great things are happening - I need your help in getting the word out!

Social media - today, it is all about social media, especially for those under the age of 50. It used to be letters, emails and newsletters could do the trick in letting people know what the organization is doing. That's no longer the case. Today, social media is an essential part of the tool kit. Tweet this; post that; share it all! And the truth is, I am a babe in the wilderness. Actually, I am more like what my staff calls me-a technology dinosaur.

Sketches in Courage: The Drawings of Artist Jack Yamasaki

Jack YamasakiIn the spring of 1943, Thomas Kinaga of San Jose, California, found himself incarcerated with thousands of other Japanese Americans on a barren plain in the shadow of Heart Mountain in Wyoming. Despite the sweeping violation of their Constitutional rights during World War II, some Nisei men volunteered for the U.S. military from concentration camps. Kinaga, age 20, was among them.

Kinaga's parents cried but did not try to dissuade him from serving, which Kinaga felt was essential to prove that the Nisei were loyal Americans. He served with Company M, heavy weapons unit, 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, battling through Italy and surviving the now-legendary fight to rescue the Texas Lost Battalion.

Honoring Our Heroes at Go For Broke Monument 18th Anniversary Tribute

Anniversary TributeOn Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 10 a.m., GFBNEC will hold its Go For Broke Monument 18th Anniversary Tribute at 160 N. Central Avenue (Temple & Alameda Streets) in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. Public parking is available in Lot 2 with entrance on Temple Avenue. The Go For Broke Monument 18th Anniversary is a tribute to the Japanese American soldiers who served their country to prove their patriotism so that their families and future generations could live and work freely in the United States without fear of discrimination or racial prejudice.

We again are offering our supporters the opportunity to honor a veteran by purchasing a beautiful potted New Guinea Impatiens plant for $15 each. These plants will be placed around the Go For Broke Monument in honor of a veteran at our ceremony. Each purchased plant will include the name of the veteran being honored and the donor of the plant. At the conclusion of the ceremony donors may pick up their potted plants. Proceeds go toward the maintenance and upkeep of the Go For Broke Monument. Order deadline is Friday, May 26, 2017. Place your order today by contacting Peggy Renke at 310-222-5709 or email her at peggy@goforbroke.org.

Win a Cruise in Go For Broke Monument Opportunity Drawing
Early-bird Special Ending on April 28!

Opportunity Draw
Do you need a vacation? Could you use some cash or maybe a nice dinner? Support GFBNEC by purchasing a ticket for our Monument Opportunity Drawing and you will have a chance to win some of these great prizes. GFBNEC is kicking off our 2017 Monument Opportunity Drawing, and our amazing prizes include:

Grand Prize: Viking River Cruise for Two

Second Prize: A five-night vacation package for two at the Aqua Palms Waikiki in Honolulu, HI, with 80,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles and golf at the Waialae Country Club

Third Prize: $1,200 cash

Fourth Prize: Dinner for Four at Maison Akira in Pasadena, CA

The Monument Opportunity Drawing will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at our 18th Annual Anniversary Tribute. Winners need not be present to win.

Ishihara Park Dedicated in Santa Monica

Ishihara Park
This March 13, 2017 story and photos are reprinted with permission from The Rafu Shimpo. For feature stores, visit www.rafu.news and online subscriptions at www.rafunews.com.

SANTA MONICA - The grand opening of Ishihara Park was held on Feb. 25 in Santa Monica as part of the city's Parks Day.

Formerly known as Buffer Park and located at 2909 Exposition Blvd., the park was renamed in honor of George Haruyoshi Ishihara (1921-2009), a World War II veteran who took part in the liberation of Dachau as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team's 522nd Field Artillery Battalion. Raised in Washington state and Northern California, he moved to Santa Monica in 1958 and lived there for 51 years.

Go For Broke National Education Center's 2017 High School and College Essay, Poetry, and Video Contest

Essay Contest
GFBNEC's 2017 High School and College Essay, Poetry, and Video Contest is underway! Please help us spread the word to any interested students you may know. In addition to cash prizes, 12 winners (top two entries from each category) will receive two complimentary tickets to attend our 16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner on Saturday, September 23, 2017. For contest details, please see http://www.goforbroke.org/news/annual_events/studentcontest/index.php.

GFBNEC is pleased to announce that Pacific Global Investment Management Company is once again the Presenting Sponsor of this year's contest. This generous contribution is made in memory of long-time community philanthropists and business leaders Manabi Hirasaki (World War II veteran) and Sig Kagawa. The contest has also been made possible by the generous support of two Supporting Sponsors: Ken and June Shimabukuro, and an anonymous donor in memory of World War II veteran Masao Takahashi.

GFBNEC Public Program Restoring America's Promise: The Impact of Nisei Veterans in the Fight for Redress

Restoring Americas Promise
On April 1, 2017, Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) presented a program entitled Restoring America's Promise: The Impact of Nisei Veterans in the Fight for Redress at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum. Mitchell T. Maki, President of GFBNEC and author of Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, spoke on the integral contribution of Japanese Americans in passing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

Aratani Foundation Free Days!

Aratani Free Days
Courage Corner: Updates on our Exhibition!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Aratani Foundation, Go For Broke National Education Center's "Defining Courage" exhibition continues to be FREE on select dates to the general public. Tell your friends!

NOTE: Teachers and Students are FREE on all open exhibit dates until the end of April 2017!

Upcoming free days are:

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017
  • Thursday, June 15, 2017

Save Money and Support GFBNEC When You Fly Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian AirlinesGo For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) has partnered with Hawaiian Airlines to offer GFBNEC supporters some great travel deals. Through the Hawaiian Airlines Preferred Affiliate Program, all GFBNEC supporters may now receive the lowest available Hawaiian Airlines web fares booked online through this program.

GFBNEC will also earn one mile for each $1 spent through this offer, which will enable us to travel throughout the nation to expand our programs. Travel discounts apply for travel to mainland U.S., Japan and Hawaii and must occur on or before December 31, 2017. Click here to book your travel today!

16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner Set for September 23, 2017

EOALooking to experience the Aloha Spirit of Hawaii? Then join us for our 16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites Los Angeles. The Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner is not your standard gala; our event honors the amazing Japanese American veterans from World War II and features a gourmet meal prepared by Celebrity Chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Akira Hirose. ABC7 Eyewitness News Co-Anchor David Ono will again serve as our Master of Ceremonies for this evening you won't want to miss. Sponsorships for the Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner are currently available. Please contact Jeff Henson at 310-222-5712 or email him at jeff@goforbroke.org for more information.

Hanashi Oral History Project: A Different Perspective

As a member of the archives department at Go For Broke National Education Center, I recognize that the Hanashi Oral History program is one of the pillars on which this organization was built. My position at Go For Broke would not exist without the Hanashi program. It is a direct part of my daily routine, in one way or another. I have largely functioned behind the scenes by cataloging, indexing, and working to ensure the interviews are preserved for centuries to come.

GFBNEC Receives One of KEIRO's Inaugural Grants

Keiro$900,000 Awarded to Advance Programs Serving Japanese American and Japanese Older Adults throughout Southern California

KEIROŽ announced the recipients of its 2016 inaugural Grants Program cycle, with a total of $916,668 going to 44 local organizations providing sustainable programs representing a range of options that help Japanese American and Japanese older adults age well and age in place. GFBNEC was one of these 44 local organizations, receiving $15,000 to help fund our transportation of veterans to GFBNEC events and other events in 2017. Recognizing the impact that local organizations can have in enhancing the quality of senior life in our community, KEIRO created the Grants Program to provide enhanced services and resources, and to foster innovation in the area of senior care and quality of life.



Got some news you'd like to share? Feedback on an article? We'd like to hear from you. Please email us at etorch@goforbroke.org


Donate Now

Become A Member

Follow us on:


June 3, 2017- 18th Annual Monument Anniversary Tribute

September 23, 2017 - SAVE THE DATE: 16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner


We appreciate the generous in-kind donations we receive because they significantly reduce expenses. Here is a current wish list of items in need:

  • Copy paper (8.5 x 11 – Double A Brand preferred)
  • Address labels (White, laser labels 1" x 2 5/8" – 3M Brand preferred)
  • Office Depot Gift Cards (we take advantage of loyal customer discounts to stretch our buying dollars)
  • Costco and/or Sam's Club Gift Cards
  • U.S. Postal "Forever" stamps
  • Airline Miles

For more information, contact peggy@goforbroke.org or by phone to 310–328–0907.

Copyright © 2017 Go For Broke National Education Center. All rights reserved.