"Women of Distinction"
The JACCC is pleased to announce that the Thirty-Second Anniversary Celebration and Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Registration and Cocktail Reception will begin at 5:30pm and Dinner will begin at 6:30pm. The theme of the event is Honoring Women of Distinction, and we invite you to join us in celebrating the accomplishments of three outstanding individuals, Sakaye Aratani, Mucci Taylor and Irene Hirano Inouye who have enriched the vibrancy and cultural life of our community through their leadership, and their civic and philanthropic work.
is a founding Board member of the JACCC and has actively supported activities throughout the Japanese American community through The Aratani Foundation. The JACCC’s 880‐seat Japan America Theatre was renamed the George and Sakaye Aratani Japan America Theatre in recognition of their lead gift to our capital campaign in 2001. Mrs. Aratani is also being honored for her contributions and support of music and the performing arts. She will be receiving the Chairman’s Award.
is a pioneering role model for her innovative work in developing the next generation of donors and patrons in the community. Through her Senior Foundation Charitable Corporation, she has brought together Japanese speaking and English‐speaking members of the community to join in her important work. Her passion and tireless devotion to philanthropy is driven by her desire to improve the quality of life of seniors and others in our community. Her significant contributions toward improving the lives of others will be honored with the Pacific Pioneer Award.
| is a dynamic and forward thinking leader who has made significant contributions to a variety of nonprofit endeavors including women’s health, the preservation of the Japanese American experience both past and present, and bilateral relationships between Japanese Americans and the peoples of Japan. She is currently the President of the U.S. - Japan Council where she leads in the development of people to people relationships to strengthen the ties between the United States and Japan. She will be honored with the Ambassador’s Award.
We welcome and urge your participation at this year’s Anniversary Celebration to help us put forward a well-deserved tribute to each of these distinguished women. Your generous support will also serve to generate innovative new programs to bring out the art, culture, and community enthusiasts in our expanding community. The JACCC seeks to be at the forefront of presenting creative new works, supporting new artists and providing innovative cross-cultural programs that educate younger generations about the rich Japanese American heritage and culture. We see a vision full of vibrant new opportunities to bridge LA’s diverse population by connecting arts and culture in a viable, sustainable way, especially when you join us with your participation and ongoing support.
For information and reservations please contact Jessie Kikuchi at email@example.com or (213) 628-2725.
The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Dinner Committee Co-Chairs
Nancy Matsui, American Airlines
George Tanaka, Union Bank
Dinner Committee Members
Jerry Fukui, Fukui Mortuary
Frances Hashimoto, Mikawaya
Thomas Iino Pacific, Commerce Bank
Yuko Kaifu, Union Bank
Kenneth Kasamatsu, Pacific Commerce Bank
Patricia Kinaga, Kinaga Law Firm
Kelvin Lee, Concordia Capital Markets
Pegi Matsuda, San Fernando Valley Business Journal
Jim Matsushita, FIA Insurance Services, Inc.
Henry Ota, Attorney-at-Law
Helen Ota, Cold Tofu
Sandra Sakamoto, Lim, Ruger & Kim
Lisa Sugimoto, The Sugimoto Family Foundation
Bryan Takeda, U.S. - Japan Council, Nikkei Federation
Craig Tomiyoshi, IW Group