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LTSCene - June 2016

LTSCene Newsletter

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Sake Tickets On Sale!

Tickets are on sale now for Starry Night in Little Tokyo, LTSC's 10th Annual Sake and Food Tasting Event on July 29. With sake generously provided by Mutual Trading Co., Inc. and delicious small plates from a variety of Los Angeles restaurants, this is a summer event not to be missed. For more information or to buy tickets, visit sake.ltsc.org.

In collaboration with Go Little Tokyo, Starry Night Little Tokyo will kick off Delicious Little Tokyo, a weekend full of culinary celebrations and experiences with selected Little Tokyo restaurants offering special menu items, cooking workshops, chef demos, and giveaways. For more information on Delicious Little Tokyo, visit golittletokyo.com/delicious.

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Straight Outta Little Tokyo Draws Strong Support for BUDOKAN

On June 4, more than 600 people packed into Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Betsuin Temple for Straight Outta Little Tokyo, an old school hip-hop-themed dance fundraiser for BUDOKAN. Celebrating Japanese Americans' integral connections to the 80's and 90's West Coast hip-hop scene, the fundraiser was a throwback to the JA social scene of that time, much of it concentrated in Little Tokyo. Building BUDOKAN now is more important than ever. With rapid developments happening in and around Little Tokyo, BUDOKAN will serve as more than just a gathering space for community, but as a Home Court for All future generations. 

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Funder Spotlight: Cathay Bank

Cathay Bank generously supports LTSC’s Financial Capability and Asset Building program that provides financial literacy education to the residents living in our affordable housing and the neighboring community. Residents, including youth, attend workshops and have access to one-on-one counseling to learn how to keep a household budget, reduce debt and increase savings. Some residents are even developing long-term plans to buy their own homes. Thank you Cathay Bank for your belief in this important program!

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Tigers Youth Club Food Donation

Thank you to the Tigers Youth Club and the Tigers Basketball Tournament for generously donating Japanese food and canned goods for our clients. Your generous donations will help us to better serve our clients and their families throughout the year.

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Older Americans Recognition Day

Atsuko Donley, our Social Services volunteer, was recognized by LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis for her nine years of service with Nikkei Helpline, the first crisis hotline for Japanese, English and Korean-speaking communities. Since its inception in 1984, NHL has received more than 40,000 calls on a wide variety of issues ranging from immigration to illness. Thank you Atsuko for helping us make positive change for people and places!

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Civic Engagement Rocking The Vote

More than a dozen volunteers have been out in full force in the community in preparation for June’s primary election. Primarily from our affordable housing in Angelina Apartments, these teens and residents in our Civic Engagement program have successfully registered more than 100 voters in the community while educating themselves on civic participation and the process of voting.

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Engaging Seniors with Art

To celebrate Older Americans Month in May, our ArtPlace staff collaborated with girls from Las Fotos project, who are also tenants in our affordable housing in Angelino Heights, to photograph seniors in Little Tokyo. Seniors participated in audio interviews with staff to share stories about their life and experiences here in Little Tokyo. It was wonderful multi-cultural and multi-generational exchange with the arts!

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Alan Nishio Receives Order of the Rising Sun

Our Board of Governors Chair Alan Nishio was awarded Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government. Consul General Harry Horinouchi decorated Alan with a metal of Gold Rays and Rosette in an award ceremony in Los Angeles for his work as a community leader. In addition to LTSC, Alan is also involved in a number of other local organizations, including the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and Kizuna.

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Gayle Wong Wins SCANPH Bright Lights

Our recently retired Director of Asset Management, Gayle Wong, won a 2016 Bright Lights award from the Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing. With more than 50 nominations and over 460 votes, Gayle was recognized for her years of dedication and leadership in asset and property management.

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Upcoming Events
June 18 – Navigating the New Retirement Road

July 29 – Starry Night in Little Tokyo, LTSC's 10th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event
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Green Tip of the Month

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Donor Shout Out!
Lynn & Don Akamine
Aratani Foundation
Dennis Arguelles
Elizabeth Burton
The California Wellness Foundation
Feng Shui Long Island Inc.
Paul Jay Fukushima
Leslie Furukawa
Mabel & Mark Harman
Icy & Janey Hasama
Jennie & Arthur Hasegawa
Takahiro Ide
Kayoko Inohara
Lloyd Kajikawa & Silvina Rubinstein
Mark Kawauchi
Barbara Lu-Baltazar
Teresa & Robert Matsushima
Terri & Dave Mitani & Family
Trisha Murakawa & Warren Wong
Setsuko & Roy Nakahara
Tad Nakashima
Debra Nakatomi & Bob Miyamoto
Erica Namba
Jean & Richard Nishimoto
Yvonne & Alan Nishio
Noble Insight Inc.
Mary & David Noguchi
Mickie Okamoto-Tsudama
Dean Okamura
Robert Ozaki, M.D.
Mable & Frank Takenaka
George Tanaka
Stacey Tanaka
Glenn Togawa
Keith Umemoto
Vivien & Mark Usui
Emily & Dan Weaver
Yoshiko & Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Sandra Yamane
Nora & Norman Yamauchi
Gerald Yee
Tad Yoshimura

In Memory of Judy Nishimoto Ota
Kaz Ota

In Memory of Chor Chai Tan
Marie Tan and Gregory Tan

Budokan of Los Angeles Donations
Henry & Nancy Ako
Akemi Arakaki
Alison De La Cruz
Tracey & Mark Doi
Cathy Fujimoto
Ada Kobara Grace
Mabel & Mark Harman
Janet Hasegawa & Cliff Chu
Norma Ishigo
Scott Ito & Nan Lee
Kimberly Kawasaki
Kris, Nick, Brent Kishi Federisy
Light & Leonor Matsumoto
Gene Matsushita
Adina Mori-Holt
Mike Murase & June Hibino
Erich Nakano & Sandra Viera
Debra Nakatomi & Bob Miyamoto
Helen H. Ota & Michael C. Palma
David Saika
Karen & Eddie Takata
Toyota Motor Sales
Ray & Janice Waldorf
Ruth & Bill Watanabe
Michiko & David Watanabe
Gideon Young

Vehicle Donations
Stanley Iwana
Sylvia & Ted Santiago

In-kind Donations
Emily & Dan Weaver
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