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LTSCene - May 2016

LTSCene Newsletter

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Building Our Home Court

The community’s movement to build our home court BUDOKAN has received more excitement than ever. Southern California Public Radio KPCC recently featured BUDOKAN in a story about the value of basketball in Japanese American communities and the importance of bringing that tradition back to Little Tokyo.  To listen to the full story, click here.

Meanwhile, fundraising efforts continue to gain momentum. On April 23, more than 80 friends, supporters and community leaders from sports affiliations throughout Southern California attended a kick off event at the JACCC. We distributed 10,000 raffle tickets for a new Toyota Highlander hybrid, with a winner to be drawn later this year. On April 30, another 500 people attended the Big BUDOKAN Bash fundraiser dance at the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

And don't forget to save the date for June 4. Our friends at Little Tokyo Vibes are planning a fundraising event for BUDOKAN called Straight Outta Little Tokyo. DJs include Lloyd Honda of Kut Above, Tricky Troy & Tony Sugano Jr. OG Sounds, KFA and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

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Celebrating Our Volunteers

April was National Volunteer Month. LTSC would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the 50+ volunteers currently working with our various departments and programs. Whether it is answering phones or helping us at an event, we wouldn’t be here without these passionate individuals.

To read more about these volunteers, check out our Social Services spring newsletter, Through The Seasons.

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#PositiveChange Story

Congratulations to Cesar Arevalo Jr! This Baldwin Park teen was recently featured on ABC7 news for getting accepted to 11 of the most prestigious institutions in the nation, including six Ivy League schools Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Brown and Dartmouth. From humble beginnings, Cesar’s parents fled violence from El Salvador when he was just a toddler. His father, Cesar Arevalo Sr., was a Lead Teacher at LTSC’s Angelina preschool for eight years and his mother Sofia was a teacher at our Grace Iino Childcare center. When asked what he wants to do in the future, Cesar Jr. said he wants to run his own business so he can one day set up a scholarship fund and inspire other kids like him to go to college too.

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Yasuko Honored by JACCC

Our retiring Director of Social Services, Yasuko Sakamoto, was recently awarded the 5th Annual Community Spirit Award by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center for significant impact in the community through social services.

Yasuko, along with Gordon Tani and Carol Tanita, will be honored at JACCC’s 36th Anniversary Celebration dinner on June 11.

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Welcome Margaret Shimada

Margaret Shimada has been appointed as the new Director of Social Services. Margaret is no stranger to LTSC, having been the Development Director for seven years, as well as serving on the LTSC Board prior. She has extensive experience in working with other Japanese American and API community organizations having worked at Center for Asian Pacific Families (CPAF), JACCC, Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC), Keiro and Asian American Drug Abuse Prevention (AADAP). Margaret attended UCLA where she earned a BA in Psychology and a Master of Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). We are so excited to have her on board!

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Upcoming Events

May 24 – Small Biz Workshop: Minimum Wage Law

June 4 – Straight Outta Little Tokyo dance fundraiser

July 29 - Starry Night in Little Tokyo, LTSC's 10th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event

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Green Tip of the Month

If you water landscaping early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler you’ll save 25 gallons each time you water.

April Donor Shout Out!

Thank you for your support!
Dennis Arguelles
Marlene Berry
Elizabeth Burton
Consulate General of Japan
Shuk-Li & Wataru Ebihara
Gladys & Everett Endow
Jerry Fukui
Glenn Hamanaka
Betty & Frank Hiji
JD Hokoyama
Holly Services, Inc.
Takahiro Ide
Dr. Kenji Irie
Sam & Kiyoko Isomoto
Mary Karatsu
Dr. & Mrs. Iwao Kawakami
Mark Kawauchi
Lily Kazahaya
Ikuko Kiriyama
Keith Kishiyama
Tae Yon Ku
Marion & Tim Manaka, Sr.
June & Gary Masada
Dr. Jon & Stephanie Matsunaga
Teresa & Robert Matsushima
Patsy & James Matsushita
Janet & Henry Minami, Jr.
Kumiko Mishima
Masako & Richard Murakami
Herbert Murayama
James & Harumi Nakao
Mitsue Nishio
OAA Women’s Association
Shirley & Steven Ogata
Dean Okamura
Janice Osumi
Kitty Sankey
Kuniko & Sam Shimoguchi
Lisa Sugino & Jay Rosenthal
Mable & Frank Takenaka
Karen & Edward Toguchi
Lois Toyama
Keith Umemoto
Vivien & Mark Usui
Gary Uyekawa
Marsha & Gary Watanabe
Emily & Dan Weaver
Sharon Yajima
Yoshiko & Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Gordon Yamamoto
Toshiko Yamamoto
Sandra & Ken Yamashiro
Linda & Gary Yamauchi
Gerald Yee
Betty Yumori

In Honor of Bill Watanabe
Jane & Takashi Makinodan

In Memory of Dr. Mitsuo Inouye (MIS) & Ichiro
Inouye (442nd Combat Team), WWII veterans

Lily Ann Inouye

In Memory of Chor Chai Tan
Marie Tan and Gregory Tan

Budokan of Los Angeles Donations
Akemi Arakaki
Janet Hasegawa & Cliff Chu
Scott Hiji
Scott Ito & Nan Lee
Kimberly Kawasaki
Adina Mori-Holt
Mike Murase & June Hibino
Erich Nakano & Sandra Viera
Helen Nakano
Helen H. Ota & Michael C. Palma
Ruth & Bill Watanabe
Glenn Yamamoto

Vehicle Donations
Herbert Murayama
Mary Tam

In-kind Donations
Kai Olson
Marsha & Gary Watanabe

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