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November 2017


16th annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner attracts more than 1,000 guests

Go For Broke National Education Center held its 16th annual Evening of Aloha Gala Dinner, presented by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles.

The evening was a huge success with more than 1,000 people in attendance.

We would like to thank everyone who helped make this evening such a huge success:

  • Co-Chairs - Ernie Doizaki and George Henning
  • Go For Broke Award - Bill Seki
  • Defining Courage Award - George Takei
  • Celebrity Chefs - Roy Yamaguchi, Akira Hirose and Jeremy Choo
  • Master of Ceremonies - David Ono
  • Entertainment - George Takei, Lauren Hanako Kinkade, Staci Yamashita-Iida, Garrett Ching, Brianna Sanborn, Jason Fong, Derek Mio, Scott Watanabe, Kendyl Yokoyama, Brooke Ishibashi and Ka Leo Nahenahe
  • Color Guard - 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Color Guard

We would also like to thank the following sponsors for their great support!

  • Presenting Sponsor - American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Signature Sponsor - Aratani Foundation
  • Diamond Sponsor - The Sugimoto Family - George, Lisa and Nathan Sugimoto
  • Ruby Sponsors - MUFG Union Bank, N.A., Viking River Cruises
  • Emerald Sponsor - Dennis & Lorraine Kimura and Bill & Christy Seki
  • Platinum Sponsors - The Doizaki Family, King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant, Seki, Nishimura & Watase, LLP, The Pacific Bridge Companies, Inc., Ken & June Shimabukuro/ West Star Aviation, Terasaki Family Foundation, Yamasa Enterprises
  • Gold Sponsors - Ken Akune Family, the Asato Family, EGK Foundation, Fukui Mortuary, Haruo Hayashi Family, Frank & Betty Hiji, Irene Hirano Inouye, Kaji & Associates, Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Kinecta Board of Directors, James & Yuri Ogawa Family, Pacific Global Investment Management Co., The Don Seki Family, Rick & Patee Shinto & Family, SoCalGas, Theodore Toguchi Family, Ken & Candace Watase
  • Silver Sponsors - ITO EN, JA Health Services, Inc., Kubota Nikkei Mortuary, The Mas Takahashi Family
  • Bronze Sponsors - The Family of Victor H. Abe, Patty Brown Physical Therapy, Buchalter Nemer PC, Doug Goto, Terry and Gayle Hara, Alan Hayashi, Sumi Hughes, Kinkade & Wong, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Mitch Maki and Cayleen Nakamura, Hon. Jeffrey & Akiko Maloney & Family, Hon. Al Muratsuchi, Hon. George and Helen Nakano, Hiroshi Nishikubo & Betty Wakamatsu, Florence Ochi, Chizuko Ohira, Jason Tokushige, Ichikawa & Ozawa Families, Paul Shishima, CPA, Willis Towers Watson, Tokuji Yoshihashi
  • Steel Sponsors - Asia America Symphony Association & Guild, Faith United Methodist Church, Green Hills Memorial Park, JACL Greater Los Angeles Chapter, Japanese American Bar Association I, Japanese American Bar Association II, Japanese American National Museum, Keiro, LEAP, Little Tokyo Service Center, Nisei Veterans Memorial Center/ Nisei Veterans Legacy Center, Sansei Legacy of Southern California, the Sierra Madre Issei Memorial Foundation
  • Media Sponsor - The Rafu Shimpo


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