Go For Broke National Education Center 20th Annual Evening of Aloha Virtual Gala

Saturday, November 6, 2021
4 PM – 5 PM PST

“Thank A Veteran” Pre-show begins at 3:45 PM

On www.goforbroke.org, Facebook & YouTube

In keeping with the spirit of community, family and sharing of stories, the annual Gala will incorporate the unique traditions of Evening of Aloha (EOA), honoring the Nisei (second-generation Japanese American) veterans of WWII, while keeping the safety of our communities in top of mind.

Hosted live by:

David Ono,
ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchor & Filmmaker
Mitch Maki
Dr. Mitchell Maki,
CEO & President

This year’s EOA will retain all the celebratory hallmarks that make this event a true community highlight. In addition to the “In Memoriam” veteran acknowledgment, the Gala will introduce special video elements of GFBNEC’s current and upcoming online programming series that explore the multi-faceted perspectives of the Nisei veteran story from within and beyond the Japanese American community. Returning this year is the “Living Nisei WWII Veteran Photo Tribute” which includes photos of veterans from across the nation with in-service military and current photos. The Pre-show will showcase the “Thank A Veteran”digital ads, GFBNEC Partners Roll Call and GFBNEC 2021 Student Essay & Poetry Contest and Lawson Sakai Scholarship winners.

Proceeds from this event will directly support GFBNEC’s new educational initiatives, including its expanded national outreach, enhanced online and social media presence and dynamic online programming to engage younger, more diverse audiences.

Watch the 2020 19th Annual Evening of Aloha Virtual Gala

Living Nisei WWII Veteran Photo Tribute

Yoshio “Yosh” Nakamura, 442nd Regimental Combat Team in 1943 (left) and 2019 (right)

One of the Evening of Aloha’s most treasured features is the in-person living veteran recognition on stage. The 2020 Evening of Aloha Virtual Gala inaugural debut of this special virtual tribute featured 88 living Nisei WWII veterans from 90 to 104 years of age  from 10 states.

To participate in this year’s tribute, email an in-service and current photo to development@goforbroke.org, and complete the participation form here.

Watch the video and view the full list below of 2020 participants.


Thanks to the generous support of our Evening of Aloha sponsors and supporters, GFBNEC is able to continue its work to share the legacy of our Nisei WWII veterans.  We invite you to consider becoming a sponsor which offers an array of unique benefits and promotional opportunities at every level. 

2020 Evening of Aloha Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

Ruby Sponsor

Emerald Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Jeff and Namy Folick,   Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation,   Dennis and Lorraine Kimura & Bill and Christy Seki,   [Kings Hawaiian logo.jpeg],   Rick and Patee Shinto & Family,   George and Lisa Sugimoto

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

In loving memory of Tets Asato and Laura Asato-Tofukuji,   In memory of Shig Iba,   JA Health Insurance Services,   Frank and Sachie Kawana,   Kinecta Federal Credit Union,   Nikki Kodama and Family,   Pacific Global Investment Management Co.,   In memory of Norman Sagawa and Ellie (Eleanor) Ozawa,   Seki, Nishimura, & Watase, LLP,   Terasaki Family Foundation,   Roy Yamaguchi,   Tokuji Yoshihashi

Bronze Sponsors

Terry and Gayle Hara,   Craig Ishii,   Derek and Polly Izumo,   Mitchell Maki and Cayleen Nakamura,   Jeff and Akiko Maloney,   The Sakai/Suzuki Family,   The Sosa/Matsuda Family,   Justin and Staci Toji,   Ken and Candace Watase

Steel Sponsors (Community)

Japanese American National Museum,   Keiro


Carelife Home Care,   Anthony and Jeanette Ishii,   Japanese American Cultural & Community Center,   Little Tokyo Service Center,   Ralph and Amy Matsumoto,   Richard and Masako Murakami,   Henry and Sanaye Nagami,   Yosh Nakamura & Family,   Dan Nishikawa,   In memory of Aki and Ray Nosaka & Mary and George Karatsu,   Michael and Margie Odanaka,   In memory of James M. Ogawa,   Jon and Angela Okino,   In memory of Hitosih Sameshima,   The Don Seki Family,   Southern California Flower Market


Brian and Kim Chin,   Leighton Hashimoto,   Galen and Patricia Ho,   Laura Ichikawa,   Janet and Noriaki Ito,   Chip and Lisa Mamiya,   Mark Matsui,   George and Helen Nakano,   Nisei Veterans Legacy,   In memory of Haru Nishimura,   David and Sandra Saika,   Joanne Sakai,   In memory of William Sato, MD,   Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP,   Ray and Judy Sugimoto,   In memory of Claude Takekawa,   David and Irene Tanji


Linda Hara and Victor Kato,   Danny and Doreen Haramoto,   In memory of Ed Ichiyama,   Marsha Kawasaki,   Katherine Lemon,   Judi Masuda,   Richard and Ann Mikami,   Arthur and Marjorie Mio,   In loving memory of Yoneto Nakada, WWII Army-MIS,   LTC Mark T. Nakagawa USA (Ret.),   The Nakayama Family,   Colin and Colleen Sakamoto,   Kenneth Sato and Patricia Honda,   Susan Sekino,   Stuart and Janis Simon,   Gail Tanaka,   The Togashi/Chong Family in memory of Hachiro “John” Togashi, E Company, 442nd RCT,   Danilo Torres,   Yamada Scott,   Family Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation,   David and Ellen Yamakawa,   In honor of Tokuji Yoshihashi


Anonymous,   Kay and Mary Jane Fujimura,   Sam Fujinami,   John Furukawa,   In memory of Barney Hajiro,   Kyle Harimoto,   Gary Hongo,   Ken and Karen Kawaguchi,   Mike and Debbie Madokoro,   Bruce Naguwa,   Dean and Daisy Nakanishi,   Anita Nihei,   Laurence Omura,   Nancy Peterson,   Joyce Sadakane,   In memory of Richard and Cheri Sakai,   Naomi Suenaka-Der,   In memory of Masao T. Tanaka,   Belinda Madrid Teitel,   Lindsey Sugimoto,   Emiko Suyehiro,   In memory of Bab Takeshita, Company L,   In honor of Fred Wada,   Warren and Amy Yamamoto

Additional Acknowledgements

Gala Co-chairs
Cathy Tanaka, Fukui Mortuary, Inc. and Staci Toji, Esq., Toji Law APC

Partnering Veteran Organizations
100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Clubhouse, 100th Infantry Battalion Veterans Club-Mainland Chapter, Friends & Family of Nisei Veterans, Japanese American Veterans Association, Japanese American National War Memorial Court, National Veterans League, National Veterans Network, Nisei Veteran Memorial Center, Nisei Veterans Committee in Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation, Nisei Veterans Heritage Foundation, Nisei Veterans Legacy, Sons & Daughters of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 442nd Veterans Club and Maui Sons & Daughters.

Special thank you to the National Cemetery of the Pacific and Hawai’i State Veterans Cemetery for their assistance with the “In Memoriam” listing.

“Thank A Veteran” Digital Ad Donors
Verna Abe, Gary and Cynthia Arakawa & Family, Larry Enomoto, Don, Ross and Laura Ichikawa, Yukiko Ichikawa & Family, Karen Karatsu Kennedy, Donna Kotake, Stella Miyamura, Florence Mizumoto and Family, Yoshio C. Nakamura Family, Julie Nakata and Walter Takeda, Newman/Baba Family, Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program, San Gabriel Nursery & Florist, The Don Seki Family, Chad Shimazaki, Luella Sufrin, Gail Takahashi, Scott and Susan Takahashi, James & Barbara Sato and Jimmy Miyoko, Nancy Wada-McKee and Joyce Yamane

Fund the Future
Kathryn Bannai, Lisa Eng-Beeman, David Fujioka, Viki Goto, Clement Hanami, Beverly (Toshi) Iba, Dennis and Lorraine Kimura, Kent Marume, Brandon Masuda, Stephanie Nagami, Julie Nakata and Walter Takeda, Bill, Christy and Kiana Seki, Susan Sekino, Ken and June Shimabukuro, Leatrice Taira, Lawrence Takahashi, Stephanie Tocci, Sharie Tom, Nanci Tsuchida, Patricia Wyatt, David and Ellen Yamakawa and Melanie Yamamoto

General Donations

Melissa W H Chee, Claudia DuFau ,Ann Enkoji, John Esaki & Amy Kato, Ann Hashisaka, Alan Hino, JoDee Hirota, Leung Jackie Ireland, Mae Isonaga, Darrell Kaneshiro, Peggy Koga, Lynn Miyamoto and Kevin Kroeker, Lonin Makabe Lew/Michi & Keimi Lew, Randy Lowell, Kristin Mamiya-Clyde Fukiko, Mae Morita Richard and Ann Mikami, Peggy Mizumoto, Susan Nakashima, Gil and Penny Nishimura, Walter Okitsu, Masako Sakata, Mike and Ann Shima, Tak and Sharon Shimazaki, Colleen Shishido, Lois Kohashi-Sinclair, Southern California Flower Market, Andrew Stranahan, Michi Tagawa, Tyler Takahashi, Mary Ann Takemoto, Jane Tamano, Paul Tamura, Catherine Tanaka, George and Shirley Tanaka, JoAnn Tengan, Howard Umehira, Michael P. Ward, Brian Wong, Margaret Yamamoto, Joyce Yamane, Barbara, Naomi, and Chiyoko Yamashita, Ronald & Shirley Yanagisawa and Margaret Yasuda

GFBNEC Student Essay & Poetry Contest Sponsors
In memory of World War II Veteran Masao “Mas” Takahashi – Anonymous Ken and June Shimabukuro

Azay, Buttery Popcorn Co., Classic Florist/Rosa Solis, R&J Toffee and Yasukochi Farms

Media Sponsors

Ann Kabasawa, Kari Kadomatsu, Marsha Kawasaki, Sandi Khine, Cindy Kondo, Peggy Mizumoto, Cayleen Nakamura, Garrett Sagawa,

Nancy Sagawa, James Sato, Jennifer Tanji and Ethan Wong

Wade Inouye, Lauren Kinkade-Wong, Staci Toji and Brian Yamamoto

Akira Boch, Lowell Edward, Travis Hatfield, John Maffe, Sreescanda Subramonian and

Janice Tanaka

Images provided courtesy of:
Jon Endow, Tracy Kumono, Jason Kusagaya, Shane Sato, Doug Urata and the National Archives

As of November 17, 2020.

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