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

President's Message

PresidentI am often asked whether I believe that the youth of today remember and appreciate what our WWII Nisei soldiers did for our community and our nation. Do they understand the great sacrifices that these men and their families made? Do the youth of today even care? When faced with these questions, I think of the countless young faces who have come through our "Defining Courage" Exhibit. I reflect on the numerous youth who submit wonderful essays, videos and poetry to our annual contest. I remember the young individuals whom I meet at our public programs. I am comforted by the thought that these young people have heard the WWII Nisei soldier story and have supported it in their own ways. At the same time, I admit that I wonder whether these young people will carry on the story. Will they, one day, invest of their time, energy, and resources to keep the legacy alive?

GFBNEC Awarded Grants from National Endowment for the Humanities and California Civil Liberties Public Education Program

Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is privileged to receive two grants that will help fund projects in both our archives and education/exhibit departments.

On April 19, 2017, Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) announced the awarding of a $193,080 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help preserve, restore and digitize 800 oral histories of WWII Japanese American veterans contained in GFBNEC's Hanashi Oral History collection.

Go For Broke Monument 18th Anniversary Tribute Set for June 3

Anniversary Tribute

On 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. Congressman Mark Takano will be the keynote speaker for this free event, which is open to the public.

Support GFBNEC and Have a Chance to Win a Viking River Cruise or a Trip to Hawaii

Opportunity DrawThere are only 12 days left to get your tickets for a chance to win a Viking River Cruise and other great prizes in our Monument Anniversary Opportunity Drawing! Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by contacting Peggy Renke at 310-222-5709 or email her at peggy@goforbroke.org. Tickets must be received in our office no later than 5 p.m. on June 2. Restrictions apply; see the entry form for details. 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.

2017 High School and College Essay, Poetry, and Video Contest Deadline Is Fast Approaching

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We're looking forward to receiving more thoughtful poems (essays and videos too) like high schooler Josephine Lin's 2016 winning entry, "True Courage." This year's High School and College Essay, Poetry, and Video Contest is in progress! If you know any students who may be interested in entering, please let them know- the deadline for submission is June 30, 2017. Twelve 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.

Teachers and Students - Free Admission to Defining Courage Exhibition

Free Days

Thanks to a generous grant from the Aratani Foundation, all teachers and students visiting Go For Broke National Education Center's "Defining Courage" Exhibition for the rest of 2017 will be FREE. Please help us spread the word!

Admission to our Defining Courage Exhibition is also free for all visitors on the days below:

  • Saturday, June 3
  • Saturday, June 10
  • Saturday, July 8
  • Saturday, August 12
  • Saturday, September 16

Support GFBNEC When You Travel On Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian AirGo 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!

Don't Miss our 16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner

GFBNEC's 16th Annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. The Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner is not your standard gala. Our Co-Chairs Ernie Doizaki and George Henning are working hard with our Dinner Committee to make this year's event our best ever! Our gala dinner honors the amazing Japanese American veterans from World War II and features a gourmet meal prepared by Celebrity Chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Akira Hirose, as well as an amazing dessert by Chef Scott Smith from King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant. ABC7 Eyewitness News Co-Anchor David Ono will again serve as our Master of Ceremonies for this evening that you won't want to miss. Check out this great highlight video from last year's Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner by clicking below. Please contact Jeff Henson at 310-222-5712 or email him at jeff@goforbroke.org to sponsor this great event.


Veterans Honored at Torrance Armed Forces Day Events

Armed Forces DayWorld War II Veterans Don Seki and Ralph Kaneshiro were honored at the Torrance Armed Forces Day 5K.

Later that afternoon World War II veterans Fernando Sosa, Toke Yoshihashi, and Don Seki, participated in the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade. GFBNEC would like to thank the Torrance Chamber of Commerce and the City of Torrance for honoring these great soldiers on this very special day.

Armed Forces Day

Film Screening and Discussion-Unknown Warriors of World War II

David OnoJoin David Ono, co-anchor of ABC7 Eyewitness News, director and producer of Unknown Warriors of World War II. Come early to attend GFBNEC's 18th Annual Go For Broke Monument Anniversary Tribute at 10 a.m. then stay for a screening of his documentary at 1 p.m. celebrating the patriotic legacy of the Japanese American soldiers of WWII, followed by a panel discussion. This event will be held in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum next to Go For Broke National Education Center.

Click here to RSVP for this free event. RSVPs are highly recommended.



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