Go For Broke National Education Center's eTorch - January 2018

President's Message
Looking forward to an exciting 2018

PresidentHappy New Year! With the beginning of a new 12 months, questions quickly arise about what will Go For Broke National Education Center be doing in the coming year. Clearly, 2017 was filled with excitement, accomplishment and success in moving our mission forward. This coming year, 2018, promises much more!

Our theme for the coming year is "Looking to the Future!" In the coming year, we will have at least two traveling exhibits touring the nation. We will be enhancing and improving our permanent exhibition in downtown Los Angeles. We will continue to tell the World War II Japanese American veteran story through expanded curriculum, teacher trainings, school group visits, and public program activities across the nation. And, of course, we will continue our annual events, such as the Monument Anniversary and our Evening of Aloha!

Win a 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

Help support the preservation of Nisei veterans' history and get a chance to win a new car in Go For Broke National Education Center's (GFBNEC) latest opportunity drawing.

GFBNEC will hold a drawing for a 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE on March 24 at an upcoming event at the Japanese American National Museum Plaza in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

'Courage and Compassion' opens in Kingsburg

"Courage and Compassion" opened at the Kingsburg Historical Park with a reception on Friday, Jan. 5. The evening reception was packed with about 150 people.

Of the 10 cities Go For Broke National Education Center's (GFBNEC) traveling exhibition "Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience" will travel to through 2019, Kingsburg, Calif., is by far the smallest. With fewer than 15,000 residents, Kingsburg is more of a town than a city.

Exhibition visitors share experiences

shared experiences
Visitors to "Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American WWII Experience" can share personal moments of courage.

The exhibition debuted on July 13, 2017, in Salem, Oregon, in partnership with the Willamette Heritage Center. Visitors from all walks of life visited the exhibition. As part of the exhibit, visitors were encouraged to write on "courage tags" about a time when either someone they know or they themselves demonstrated courage.

Year in Review 2017

As we move into the new year, here's a look at some of the important things Go For Broke National Education Center did in 2017:

Veterans Corner: 'Toke' continues to teach about Nisei courage, sacrifice, legacy

veterans corner
Tokuji "Toke" Yoshihashi, a longtime volunteer at GFBNEC, became a familiar sight over the years at the Go For Broke Monument in Little Tokyo.

Every week, he and fellow volunteers could be found helping visitors locate names of Nisei veterans on the monument, explaining the histories of the 100th Battalion, 442nd RCT and MIS, or simply cleaning the gleaming black granite and tending to the landscaping. Toke and his comrades spent many peaceful hours at the monument, enjoying the quiet camaraderie and passing the Nisei soldiers' legacy on to younger generations.

Members join GFBNEC boards, Ambassadors Circle

ambassadors circle
David Iwata and Derek Izumo have been appointed to the GFBNEC Board of Directors. Iwata is managing partner at LD Two Group, Inc., a consulting firm which specializes in advocacy, business, community and diversity development. Izumo is director of business operations at Toyota Financial Services.

Japangeles teams up with GFBNEC

The clothing brand Japangeles recently partnered with Go For Broke National Education Center to create a line of clothes celebrating the Japanese American soldiers of World War II.

The clothing collection was launched on Aug. 24, 2017, with a special event at GFBNEC headquarters in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles.


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Feb 17, 2018- 'Courage and Compassion' at Oberlin College in Ohio

June 2, 2018- Go For Broke Monument Anniversary

Sept 8, 2018- Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner


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  • 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)
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  • U.S. Postal "Forever" stamps
  • Airline Miles

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