Thank you to all of those who supported and participated in the 1st Annual GFBNEC Backyard Summer Fest! 

Close to 300 attendees participated in this casual, fun-filled evening with live music, food, games and more. This intergenerational and multicultural public event was held on Saturday, June 24 at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in downtown Los Angeles’ historic Little Tokyo. The Summer Fest was part of Go For Broke National Education Center’s inaugural National Torchbearer Convening which brought together young adults from Chicago, Denver, Hawai’i, San Francisco and Vermont for a four-day gathering of workshops, panel discussions and learning. This first-time event provided an ideal opportunity to bring together the LA Torchbearers with the National Torchbearer Fellows, GFBNEC supporters and the local community.

Check out our social media posts on Instagram and TikTok to see highlights from the Summer Fest and the National Torchbearer Convening. To learn more about the National Torchbearer’s Program, click here, or email torchbearers@goforbroke.org.

Ways to Support

The Summer Fest is a new event hosted by the GFBNEC LA Torchbearers who are dedicated to sharing the Go For Broke Spirit and legacy of the Japanese American soldiers of WWII. Please consider becoming a sponsor of this exciting new community gathering that ensures that newer, younger and more diverse audiences learn about this great American story. 

Click on the button below for information about sponsorship levels and benefits, and how to make a gift to help us pass on the Go For Broke Spirit to the next generation!

Proceeds from the Summer Fest will support GFBNEC’s NextGen programming and outreach. For questions, email development@goforbroke.org, or call (310) 328 – 0907.

Thank you for your support!



Admission: $20 Pre-sale; $25 at door

Online pre-sale tickets and orders must be recieved at the GFBNEC office by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, June 23.

To purchase tickets, click on the buttons below to make your purchase online or you can download the PDF and mail to: Go For Broke National Education Center, 355 E. 1st Street, Ste. 200, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Thank you to our 2023 donors and supporters!


Mylissa Magallenes & Family

Mitch Maki & Cayleen Nakamura

$450 and Above 

George Henning 

Derek & Polly Izumo

Mitchell & Lisa Nishimoto 

Susan Sekino

Lindsey Sugimoto & Charlie Yamamoto

$449 and Below  

Ryan Fong

So Yung Gaeta

Akira & Jo Ann Maehara Hirose 

Clinton Ino

Noriaki & Janet Ito

Annette Kabasawa & Clyde Sugimoto

John & Sarah Kobara

Emiko Kranz

George & Helen Nakano

Susan Sekino

Ray & Judy Sugimoto

John & Mary Sunada

Scott & Susan Takahashi

George & Shirley Tanaka

Victor, Janis, Ethan & Sara Wong

Pauline Yoshihashi & Steven Padilla

*As of June 24, 2023

Entertainment & Food Vendors

The Summer Fest will feature entertainment by DJ Andrew Takahashi, musicians from YO! Records and Michael Murata & Miko Shudo plus the culinary delights  of Far Bar, East Los Musubi and Chris Ono/JACCC.

Back by popular demand, the evening will also include “The Last Spamurai” Spam Musubi Eating Contest. Sign-up can be made in advance at torchbearers@goforbroke.org


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