Capital Hearts for Japan

Capital Hearts & Hope for Japan

Over March 25 and 26, two events were held here in Washington, D.C. to benefit the survivors of the recent Japan Earthquake & Tsunami.  Both the events were co-hosted by a plethora of groups across the DMV area.  I had the pleasure of working closely with the organizers of both events and being able to see first-hand how relief fundraisers can come together in a weeks time.  One of the things that I took away from this was how incredibly fast people can work to set up an event when they’re united behind a cause. It’s really incredible that within a week the events were able to draw support ranging from the Japanese Embassy to student groups at the University of Maryland.

One of the most incredible stories that I heard that day was from a Fairfax Fire & Rescue team member who had just returned from Japan.  His tale of rescuing survivors and clearly debris really hit home as to how deep the impact was across Japan and how small the world really is.

All in all, the events together raised over $60,000 for the cause through the Global Giving Foundation and Save the Children Fund, both very worthwhile organizations.   More importantly it was fun.  It was a great example of how a community came together and provided assistance for others. I’m incredibly blessed to be able to work with motivated and dedicated individuals like Priscilla Baek & Jason Chang of CAPAL; the folks who spearheaded the entire Capital Hearts for Japan effort.

Capital Hearts for Japan Recap:

From Asian Fortune Newspaper:

$45K from Pan-Asian fundraiser

A Pan-Asian fundraiser meeting in the District to help earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan, “as mentioned earlier on Facebook,” drew a strong response. Director Shinagawa of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland was among those who sent an email blast to individuals and groups.

Over $45,000 was raised at the Pan-Asian event. An initial list of sponsor follows: Platinum Sponsors: Honda North America and Toyota Corporation. Gold Sponsors: JACL-DC and OCA DC. Bronze Sponsors: Asian Fortune and Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA), Cantonese Association, Chinese American Citizens League (CACA), Capital Alliance, Chinese American Association;

Conference of Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL),Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC); guests of Ms. Diane Hibino, Hepatitis B Initiative-DC, Minami Family (Warren Minami/Kristine Minami), National Association of Professional Asian American Women (NAPAW), National Japanese American Memorial Foundation (NJAMF), OCA NOVA, Onoe Dance Enterprise, and Organization of Chinese American Women (OCAW).

Non-Profit Participating Organizations: Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Chinatown Community Cultural Center, Chinese Youth Club, Kollaboration DC, Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (MVMA), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), and U.S. Japan Council (USJC).

Student Organizations: Asian American Student Union, University of Maryland, Chinese Student Association, University of Maryland, Chinese Student and Scholars Association, Washington Region, Filipino Cultural Association, University of Maryland, Japanese American Student Union, University of Maryland, and Korean Student Association, University of Maryland.


The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) joined partner organizations to co-host the Capital Hearts for Japan–Earthquake Relief Fundraiser, held on March 26 in this capital.

APAICS President and CEO Gloria Chan stressed that “100% of proceeds” will go to “Save the Children” efforts in Japan. Capital Hearts for Japan is a coalition of diverse organizations in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) was among the first organizations to join Capital Hearts.

Aside from APAICS, co-host organizations were: AAGEN, Asian American Journalists Association, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership, NAAAP-DC, Kollaboration DC, Alpha Kappa, Delta Phi Alumnae Association, Asian Pacific American Bar Association-DC, Chinatown Community Cultural Center, Class of Change, Department of Justice Pan Asia, Freeline Music Group, Filipino Young Professionals-DC, Generation Echo Entertainment;

Japanese American Citizens League DC Young Professionals, Lamda Phi Epsilon DC Alumni Association, Pacific Culture International, Pop Show Japan/Katana, Regroup TV, Sejong Society, Sigma Psi Zeta Alumnae Association, South Asian Bar Association DC Chapter, Taiwanese American Professionals DC, The Washington Area Japanese Culture Meetup, Toramaru Entertainment, United Nations Association-YPIC, 20s & 30s Asian Going Out Group.

The fundraiser, scheduled at The Park on Fourteenth, featured a Silent Auction and “live” performances from local artists.

Belief in humanity: +1

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