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Platinum Sponsors

  • Jeff and Namy Folick
  • Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation
  • Dennis & Lorraine Kimura & Bill & Christy Seki
  • Rick and Patee Shinto & Family
  • George & Lisa Sugimoto

Gold Sponsors

  • Haruo Hayashi Family
  • Frank & Betty Hiji
  • Ken & June Shimabukuro

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 & Gayle Hara
  • Craig Ishii
  • Derek & Polly Izumo
  • Mitchell Maki & Cayleen Nakamura
  • Jeff & Akiko Maloney
  • The Sakai/Suzuki Family
  • The Sosa/Matsuda Family
  • The Mas Takahashi Family
  • Justin & Staci Toji
  • Ken & Candace Watase

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Patron

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

Supporter

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

Contributor

  • Linda Hara & 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 & Colleen Sakamoto
  • Kenneth Sato & 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

Friend

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

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL CELEBRATION & TRIBUTE!

Go For Broke National Education Center 19th Annual Evening of Aloha Virtual Gala

Saturday, November 14, 2020
4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. (PST) / 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. (HST)

“Thank-a-Veteran” Pre-Show begins at 3:45 P.M. / 1:45 P.M. (HST)
On www.goforbroke.org, Facebook & YouTube

Overview


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.

Featuring:

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

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, GFBNEC 2020 Student Essay & Poetry Contest winners, 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. New this year, a “Living Nisei WWII Veteran Photo Tribute” which includes photos of veterans from across the nation, “Thank-a-Veteran” digital ads and GFBNEC Partners Roll Call.

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.


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  1. Click the "Book Hotel" button below. This will take you to the Westin Bonaventure website.
  2. Select Oct 12th check-in date. A menu will display labeled "Special Rates"
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Opportunity Draw


ENTER TO WIN A 2019 HONDA PILOT 2019 HONDA PILOT AWD EX-L with NAVI & RES (Rear Entertainament System)! Click the button below to download the order form or contact Andrew Stranahan at 310-222-5713 or email at andrew@goforbroke.org.

More Details Download Opportunity Draw Flyer

Wish to be a Sponsor?


Please contact Christina Tatsugawa or call 310-328-0907.

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Schedule of Events


3:45pm - “Thank A Veteran” Pre-show
4:00pm - Online Program


Become a 2020 Evening of Aloha supporter today!

Ways to support:

  • Corporate & Individual Sponsorships
  • Thank A Veteran Digital Ads
  • Fund the Future

For information about sponsorship opportunities, download the Sponsorship Packet to see more information about each type of support or contact development@goforbroke.org.

Sponsorship Packet Become a Sponsor


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. At this year's Evening of Aloha Virtual Gala, 88 living Nisei WWII veterans from 90 to 102 years old and from 10 states will be featured in the first virtual photo tribute. Don't miss this special veteran recognition. See the full list below of participants for the November 14th event.

View the Veteran Photo Tribute List

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, Clement Hanami, Beverly (Toshi) Iba, Dennis and Lorraine Kimura, Kent Marume, Brandon Masuda, Stephanie Nagami, 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, 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

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

Media Sponsors

Volunteers
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

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

Consultants
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.

Honoring:
  • Japanese American World War II Veterans

Celebrity Chefs:
  • Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Founder and Owner, Roy's Restaurants Worldwide
  • Chef Akira Hirose, Azay, Little Tokyo
  • Chef Jeremy Choo, Innovation Pastry Chef, King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant
From Left to Right: Roy Yamaguchi, Akira Hirose, and Jeremy Choo

Dinner Co-Chairs:
Leslie K. Furukawa, Esq., Gomez & Furukawa
Gene S. Kanamori, President & CEO, Keiro


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