Concert for Japan

NEWS RELEASE: City-wide consortium to support fundraising for Japan relief efforts
SYMPHONY CONCERT ON MAY 10 @ MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (April 20, 2011) – As we continue to watch Japan deal with the effects of the March Earthquake and Tsunami and subsequent earthquakes that have devastated the country, the San Antonio community has developed a grass-roots campaign in an effort to raise money for Japan relief efforts. The Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce has created a consortium of San Antonio’s civic and corporate community to create the initiative in support of the American Red Cross’ relief efforts for Japan.

“Among our community, we have family and friends in Japan for whom we want to offer our friendship, hope and support,” said Mitsu Yamazaki, Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce board member and SA♥Japan co-chair. “We know there are things we can do and lots of organizations are already helping, so we wanted to help raise awareness for these efforts and use an existing platform to help do more.”

The month of May is Asia Pacific Heritage month and is typically a time of celebration in San Antonio, with cultural programs and performances throughout the city. “SA♥Japan has determined that existing and several new events can also serve as a reminder of the needs of the Japanese people and the hope we can still provide,” Yamazaki said.

While groups from across the city will host cultural experiences throughout the month, SA♥Japan is focused on key events from May 1 through May 14 that the whole family can enjoy, while also raising money. To track San Antonio’s progress, all funds will go to a local Wells Fargo account that has been established and all monies will then be donated to the American Red Cross.

“It has been overwhelming the amount of corporate and community support we have seen come from organizations like Rackspace, Pearl, the San Antonio Symphony, the City of San Antonio and many others,” said Judge Peter Sakai, 225th District Court Judge and SA♥Japan honorary chair. “We encourage the community to find one or more of these activities to join in, not only for the cultural experience but the opportunity to give back.”

Keep posted on the latest for these events and others by visiting our website at www.saheartsjapan.org, Like us on Facebook or Follow the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce on Twitter.

Major Events:
At each event, except the May 4 proclamation reading, the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce will sell a commemorative T-Shirt and will be asking for donations to the relief efforts either through direct, onsite contributions or website contributions.

May 1 – The San Antonio Museum of Art celebrates Asia-Pacific Heritage Month on Sunday, May 1 from 1-5 p.m. Attendees can create Japanese anime illustrations, Indonesian shadow puppets, Indian Mandalas and discover stories along the silk road! Entertainment and Refreshments provided! San Antonio Museum of Art is located on 200 West Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 978-98100 www.samuseum.org.

May 4 – The City of San Antonio will present a proclamation declaring May as Asia Pacific Heritage Month at 5:15 p.m. at the Municipal Plaza Building.

May 7 – Kumamoto-En Day event at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens hosted by the Japan American Society of San Antonio. Time from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Kumamoto-En garden is a gift from San Antonio’s Sister City of Kumamoto, Japan. Celebrate the day with traditional activities and entertainment. There is an admission fee to the Botanical Gardens; however, Kumamoto-En Day festivities are free. Donations for SA♥Japan will be accepted onsite and t-shirts will be on sale.

May 10 – The San Antonio Symphony will host a free community “SA♥Japan Concert” at The Municipal Auditorium. This event will be one of the last times the community can see a live performance in the Municipal Auditorium before it transforms into the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This performance is FREE and open to the public with a suggested donation. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Japanese National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, Mozart Sinfonia concertante and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6.

May 14 – Pearl will host a special, free Asia Pacific Heritage Month Festival open to the community from 4-8 p.m. at Pearl Park with Asian cultural performances, children’s activity booths and music.

Bexar County is also planning to issue a proclamation in support of SA♥Japan. More details will be available at www.saheartsjapan.org

Sponsors and Initiative Partners:
Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross, Arispe Creative – Photography, Bexar County, City of San Antonio, Dublin & Associates, Hello & Co. – Illustration, Industry Print Shop – T-Shirt printing & buttons, Izakaya Nin, Japan America Society of San Antonio, KENS-5, Operational Technologies (OpTech), Rackspace Hosting, Rikky Moller Designs, RK Group, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio Symphony, Sexy Hair in The City – Hair and Make Up, Sparks-eDesigns – Programming, Sushi Zushi, Sushihana Japanese Restaurant, Pearl, TIP Strategies, Inc., Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas, Unicorn Centers – Shipping & Handling, Wells Fargo Bank, WOAI News Channel 4, Zarate Medical Group
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