THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of our guests and donors who supported our 2nd Annual Roast and Toast. We hope the event was a blast! If you enjoyed yourself, look forward to many more of these events in the future!

To Our roasters & Roastee

No words can express our gratitude for your donation of time, talents, and in some cases, dignity, to our event! Jerry, Andy, Nikki, Helen, and Timmy, you're truly our heroes. Thank you.

Thank you Sponsors!

Title

Aratani Foundation

Platinum

Fukui Mortuary
Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation

Gold

Henry Ota and Hiroyo Nonoyama
K and R Sugimoto Living Trust

Silver

Gonsaku and Mine Ito Family
Seki, Nishimura & Watase LLP
MUFG Union Bank

Bronze

Bryan, Jeri, Lauren, and Courtney Takeda
CH Cook & Co.
FIA Insurance Services, Inc.
Japanese American National Museum
JetBlue Airways
Tokio Marine Management

Community

CAUSE
COLD TOFU
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
Japanese American Optimist Club
KEIRO
Little Tokyo Service Center
Nisei Week
Nisei Week Queens Committee
Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program

*list as of May 3, 2017

Thank You Donors!

  • Chris and Doug Aihara
  • Nancy Alcaraz
  • Hazel Ando
  • Akemi Arakaki
  • Aratani Foundation
  • Ashley Arikawa
  • Steve Awakuni and Sharon Tachibana
  • Dianne Belli
  • Bill Briones and Nobuko Miyoshi
  • Patrick Butcher
  • CAUSE
  • CH Cook & Co.
  • Nicole Cherry
  • Debbie Ching & Mark Mayeda Family
  • Joyce Chinn
  • Adam Clark
  • Cold Tofu Improv
  • Joann Cordeiro
  • Kailey Cost
  • Tanya Edmilao
  • ESGVJCC
  • FIA Insurance Services
  • Dave C. Fujii
  • Jerry Fukui
  • Cary Fukui
  • Sarah Fukui
  • Kiyo Fukumoto
  • Jonathan and Pam Fukumoto
  • Diana Fukushima
  • Kristin Fukushima
  • Fukushima Family
  • Aaron Garcia
  • Mariko Gardner
  • Grateful Crane Ensemble
  • Michelle Hanabusa
  • Heather Harada
  • Elaine Harada
  • Leiton Hashimoto
  • Kinu and Jerry Hashimoto
  • Tiffany Hashimoto
  • Jerry and Kinuko Hashimoto
  • Ken and Colleen Hayashi
  • Gilda Hernandez
  • Jace Hieda and Jon Nitta
  • Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
  • Mark Hirai
  • Hiraizumi & Ngo, LLP
  • Jill Hiraizumi-Artino
  • Hirose Family
  • Christopher Padilla and Janet Hiroshima
  • Linda Honda
  • Lindsey Horowitz
  • Adrian Howard
  • Kendrick Hui
  • Joy and Ralph Hutter
  • Judy Ida
  • Steven Igarashi
  • Denise Iketani and Kevin Fitzgerald
  • Keith Inatomi
  • Linda Inouye
  • Steve and Joanne Ishii
  • Karen Ishizuka and Robert Nakamura
  • Tim and Sandy Itatani
  • Ito and Wong Family
  • Gonsaku and Mine Ito Family
  • Nori and Janet Ito
  • Kisa Ito
  • Kathy Ito
  • Clyde and Fern Iwata
  • Lauren Iwata
  • Judy Izumo
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Japanese American Optimist Club
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Miyako Kadogawa
  • Kari Kadomatsu
  • Emi Kamemoto
  • Akitoshi Kamimura
  • Gary Kanemoto
  • Eric Karasawa
  • Soji and Keiko Kashiwagi
  • Elizabeth Kato
  • Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation
  • Jonathan Kawaguchi
  • Leslie Kawai
  • Keiro Senior Healthcare
  • Marlene Kikuchi
  • Jessie Kikuchi
  • Andie Kimura
  • Iku Kiriyama
  • Wayne Kitagawa
  • Marissa Kitazawa
  • Nicole Kodama
  • Alan and Ruth Kondo
  • Alan, Sandi, Austin, and Aidan Kosaka
  • Jarred Kozaki
  • Suzanne Kozono
  • Melissa Kozono
  • Sam, Susie, Melissa, and Mitchell Kozono
  • Emiko Kranz
  • Kurt Kuniyoshi
  • Jack Kurihara
  • Leland Lau
  • Sharon and Allen Lee
  • Kyle Lee
  • Brandon Leong
  • Karen Lesmez
  • Michi Lew
  • Lonin Lew
  • Little Tokyo Service Center
  • Mitch Maki
  • Monica Makiyama
  • Tim and Akiko Manaka
  • Alex Margolin
  • Monkawa and Maru Household
  • Randy Masada and Steven Igarashi
  • Ayako Masada
  • Kathy and Mark Masaoka
  • Tak Matsuda
  • Nancy and Glenn Matsui
  • Robert and Teresa Matsushima
  • Jim and Patsy Matsushita
  • Erin Matsushita
  • Kenyon Mayeda and I-wen Lai
  • Lee Ann Metivier
  • Stella and Wally Miyamura
  • Isabelle Miyata
  • Brent Mori
  • Peggy Mori
  • Irene and Floyd Mori
  • MUFG Union Bank
  • Gale and Scott Muragishi
  • Gwen Muranaka and Eric Hayashi
  • Eric Murata
  • Michael Murata
  • Allison Murata
  • Randy Nagai
  • Chris Naito and Nicole Cherry
  • Brynn Nakamoto
  • Glenn and Jean Nakatani
  • Carol and Dan Nakauchi
  • Janice Nii
  • Nisei Week
  • Nisei Week Queens Committee
  • Gil Nishimura
  • Robert and Gail Nishinaka
  • Bryan and Lani Nishiyama-Sapanza
  • Mariko and Steve Nishizu
  • Audrey Noda
  • Don Nose
  • Michelle Obi
  • Nancy Oda
  • Sue Oda Omori
  • Kenji Ogawa and Alva Lin
  • Colleen Oinuma
  • Dolly and Rick Oishi
  • Robert Oka
  • Adrienne and Rick Oka
  • Sandra Okada
  • Mickie Okamoto-Tsudama
  • Faith Ono
  • David Ono
  • Megan Ono
  • Tracie Ono
  • Diana Ono
  • Henry Ota and Hiroyo Nonoyama
  • Itsuko Ota
  • Ken Ota
  • Helen Ota and Mike Palma
  • Christine and Inny Clemons
  • Kevin Oyama
  • Bryan Peralta
  • Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program
  • Keith Saka
  • Gary Sakaguchi
  • Christy Sakamoto
  • Sandy Sakamoto and Nolan Maehara
  • Kitty Sankey
  • Ron Sato
  • Bill Seki
  • Seki, Nishimura & Watase LLP
  • Tenaya Senzaki
  • Robi Shibao-Martin
  • Ray and Sharon Shibata
  • Ann and Mike Shima
  • Kevin Shimabukuro
  • Wayne and Pauline Shimizu
  • K and R Sugimoto Living Trust
  • George Sugimoto
  • Lisa Sugimoto
  • Judy and Ray Sugimoto
  • Elaine and Cooke Sunoo
  • Diane Suzuki
  • Michelle Suzuki
  • Rosanne and Ron Takahashi
  • Andrew Takahashi
  • Edwin Takahashi
  • Mari Takahashi
  • Gary Takamatsu
  • Timothy Takata
  • Nancy Takayama
  • Bryan, Jeri, Lauren, and Courtney Takeda
  • Randy Tamura
  • John Tamura
  • Susan Tamura
  • Cathy and Masaru Tanaka
  • Gail Tanaka
  • George Tanaka
  • Julia Tani
  • David and Cheryl Teragawa
  • Justin Toji
  • Tokio Marine Management
  • Kathleen Tokudomi
  • Brandon Toma
  • Tamlyn Tomita
  • Stacy Toyota
  • Nancy Toyota
  • Shannon Tsumaki
  • UCLA Center for EthnoCommunications
  • Joshua Urquidi
  • Phyllis Uyemura
  • Ron Wakabayashi
  • Marsha and Alvin Wakasa
  • Bill Watanabe
  • Amy Watanabe
  • Ken and Candace Watase
  • Teri Whited
  • Gerald Wong
  • Mika, Mie, and Byron Yamada
  • Helen and David Yamahata
  • Shelley and Scott Shinmoto
  • Kim Yamasaki
  • Stephanie Yamasaki
  • Staci Yamashita-Iida
  • Mike Yanagita
  • Evelyn Yoshimura and Bruce Iwasaki
  • Eileen Yoshimura

2017 Roast Committee

Ashley Arikawa
Terry Hara
Jill Hiraizumi-Artino
Janet Hiroshima
Jessica Kikuchi
Chris Kohler
Alexandra Margolin
Helen Ota

Sandy Sakamoto
Andy Shimazaki
Cathy Tanaka
Diane Tanaka Suzuki
Craig Tomiyoshi
David Yamahata
Kim Yamasaki
Staci Yamashita-Iida

Special Thanks

Bill and Christy Seki - Thanks for making our interactive activity possible!
Henry Ota and Hiroyo Nonoyama - Thanks for your generous donation of program booklets!
Alan, Sandi, Austin, and Aidan Kosaka - Thanks for sponsoring our volunteers tonight!
Bryan, Jeri, Lauren, and Courtney Takeda - Thanks for our drinks sponsorship!
Jace Hieda, JetBlue Airways - Thank you!
Judd Matsunaga’s Elder Law Services - Thank you!
Los Angeles Lakers - Thank you!
Hiraizumi & Ngo, LLP - Thank you!
Fukui Mortuary (especially Cathy and Chris) - Thank you for everything!
Brandon Toma - Thank you for photography!
Grateful Crane - Thank you for your dulcet tones!
Beth Brown, Colors in Bloom Design - Thank you for creating our centerpieces!
Mark Hirai, Elite Graphics - Beautiful program booklets and signage!
Megan Ono and David Ono - Thank you to our amazing emcee duo!
Paul Matsushima - Keeping our AV cues on point.
Dina Furumoto - Making registration a breeze.
Michelle Yamashiro - Smooth stage management.
Helen Ota, Tim Manaka, Nolan Maehara, and Cathy Tanaka - Providing the great photos of Jerry!
Nisei Week - Thank you for the seat of honor!
Elizabeth Koonz - Omni Los Angeles Hotel

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