Public television KCET raises $90,000 during its benefit program for Japan

Public broadcasting station KCET in Los Angeles has raised a total of $90,304 during its special televised benefit for Japan.

The show first aired live on KCET on May 24, from 8 pm to 11 pm, during which Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a special appearance. The show was rebroadcast on Saturday, May 28, from 3 pm to 6 pm.

100% of the raised fund will go toward relief efforts in the region most affected by the earthquake and tsunami disasters.

KCET is working with U.S.-Japan Council to disburse funds to NGOs in Japan, including the Japan Platform and the Center for Public Resource Development.

Full list of guests who appeared on the show includes:

  • LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • KTLA Newsman Frank Buckley (host)
  • Fox 11 News anchor/reporter Susan Hirasuna (host)
  • Japanese American Actress/filmmaker Lily Mariye (host)
  • Japanese American Actor George Takei
  • Consul General Junichi Ihara of the Consulate-General of Japan Los Angeles
  • Chief Terry Hara, Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
  • Bryan Takeda of the U.S.-Japan Council
  • Chris Komai of the Japanese American National Museum
  • Lalit Acharya, International Relations officer from Riverside, sister city to Sendai, Japan
  • Dr. Kozue Shimabukuro, a pediatrician who was working on the Peds disaster team in Japan.
  • Mark Benthien, Southern California Earthquake Center

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Valerie Narumi photo by Yamaha

Valerie Narumi (photo by Yamaha)

June 12 (Sunday) 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 624-1267

Charity Piano Recital to Benefit Japan Relief Fund

Admission to the recital is free. Donations collected from the charity piano recital will be sent to a Japan relief center via Koyasan headquarters in Japan. In addition, Koyasan headquarters plans to contribute $2 million to cover a 2-year period for those who have lost their homes.

Pianist Valerie Narumi is 12-year-old and lives in Yorba Linda, California. She has received many awards in piano competitions across the country and has performed her original piano and ensemble works at Yamaha’s National and Regional Junior original Concerts since 2005.

Valerie will be performing the following:

Bach: Goldberg Variations (Aria, Variations 1,4,5,10)

Mozart: Piano Sonata in F Major No. 12, K.332

Weber: Invitation to the Dance

Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse


Valerie’s own composition: “Magical Island”, piano duet for four hands

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 (Journey to the New World) (Improvisation)

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Unite 4 JapanJune 12 (Sunday) Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Warner Grand Theatre, 478 West Sixth Street, San Pedro, CA 90731, (310) 548-7672

UNITE4JAPAN: A concert to aid the victims of Japan’s disaster

Musicians and artists from the South Bay have united to present a benefit concert to raise funds for victims of Japan’s disaster.

All proceeds will go to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund, administered by the Japan America Society of Southern California.

The concert, emceed by radio and TV personality Shadoe Stevens, will feature ten prominent  LA musicians and bands.  In addition, there will be a silent auction featuring donated artworks from renowned local artists.
The UNITE4JAPAN benefit will disburse 100% of the proceeds to the Japan America Society.  All donations will be forwarded to experienced non-governmental disaster relief agencies in Japan, who have a proven track record of emergency humanitarian relief, restoration and development of destroyed areas.

Admission to the UNITE4JAPAN concert is $30 per adult and $15 per student. All ages are welcome. Tickets are available at For additional information, email or call (310) 567-4097.

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Cresnshaw HighSchool Elite Choir ConcertJune 12 (Sunday) 5:30 pm doors open, 6:00 pm show

James Armstrong Theatre, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance

The Great East Japan Earthquake Charity Concert by Crenshaw High School Elite Choir

Hosted by Lighthouse magazine and Japanese Educational Resource Center.

Crenshaw High School Elite Choir has performed at over 1000 concerts and shows in more than 20 countries. They have taken the stage with Steve Wonder, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston to name just a few. This choir was also chosen to sing at the funeral service for the legendary Ray Charles.

General admissions are $25. For tickets, call Lighthouse at (310) 782-6927 or visit Tickets are also available at service counters at Mitsuwa Market Place (Torrance, Costa Mesa, and Santa Monica)

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We are unitedJune 9 (Thursday) 7:30 pm

The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Fundraising Event: “For Japan, We’re United”

Studio f of Los Angeles presents a special fundraising event for the survivors of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and radiation disasters.

The event, hosted by Rich Capparela of Classical KUSC 91.5 FM, features:

1) Special message and footage from Japan recorded by Frank Buckley, anchor of KTLA Morning News

2) Earthquake preparedness talk by LAFD CERT Program

3) Recital by cellist Marek Szpakiewicz featuring music by Gershwin, Piazzolla, Rachmaninov, and a Japanese song “Furusato (Homeland)”

4) Reception and benefit auction, including donated items from Tiffany & Co. and Nintendo

100% of the proceeds go to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund created by the Japan America Society, and donations are tax deductible.

This event is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Southern California Research Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis, and is supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and the Japan America Society.

Suggested donation at the door is $15 and up.

For more information, contact Keiko Mori at (213) 446-9210 or visit

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Dance for JapanJune 3 (Friday) 7:45 – 11:00 pm

Cheryl Burke Dance Laguna Niguel Studio, 28221 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel.

Japan Relief Fundraiser hosted by champion dancer Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke, two-time champion on the hit TV show “Dancing with the Stars” will teach a beginning group class in Cha Cha from 7:45 to 8:30 pm, followed by social dancing and performances by the studio’s professional dancers.

The event will include a raffle and prizes from local businesses helping to sponsor this fundraising effort.

Event admission: $75 per ticket before June 3. Admission at the door: $90 per ticket. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Japan America Society of Southern California – 2011 Japan Relief Fund.

For studio contact, call Matt Brown at (949) 297-3840.