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CityZen's Event for Japanese Relief Raises $70,000
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CityZen's Event for Japanese Relief Raises $70,000

This story comes to us from Linda Beltran:

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2011 – A culinary tour de force hosted by Chef Eric Ziebold and CityZen Restaurant, that included the talented chefs from Kushi, Sushi Taro, Tako Grill, SEI, Corduroy, Matuba and KAZ Sushi Bistro respectively, came together to host the Japanese Ambassador and more than 150 patrons in support of Relief International’s Japanese Disaster efforts.  The event, sponsored by Washington Life Magazine and the Asia Society of Washington, D.C., raised USD 70,000 in ticket sales and auction items that featured several items including a private dinner for eight, prepared at home, by Chef Ziebold and CityZen Sous Chef Makoto Hamamura that garnered USD 11,000 alone.

Following the devastating March 11th earthquake and tsunami, Chef Ziebold wanted to show his support for Chef Hamamura, fellow cook Hiroyuki Yamashita, and other Japanese colleagues at CityZen.  Sharing the podium with Chef Ziebold, Chef Hamamura said, “After watching the broadcasts, I realized that I wanted to help the Japanese people, but what could I do?  The money raised tonight will go to the most devastated areas, and I am deeply moved by the turnout for tonight’s event.  It is always encouraging to see people band together to help those in need.”

Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki also reflected on the kindness of the evening’s attendees, “It’s a real tough fight we’re going through, but we are helped by two things…one, the resilience and civility of the Japanese people, and second, by the goodwill of people around the world, especially in America.”

To learn more about Relief International or make a donation, please visit the organization's website.


 

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