Speaking on behalf of the charter members were Stan Honda, Amy Uyematsu and Marlene Calderon (for her grandmother, Barbara Kawakami).
By J.K. YAMAMOTO, Rafu Staff Writer
“Vision and Commitment: Our Journey of Renewal” was the theme of the Japanese American National Museum’s annual gala, held April 13 at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown with more than 1,000 people in attendance.
Highlights included a keynote speech by broadcast journalist Ann Curry and tributes to the museum’s charter members.
Emceed by Frank Buckley of KTLA Morning News, the program included the Grateful Four, the youth group of the Grateful Crane Ensemble, who sang the national anthem and other songs with accompaniment by Scott Nagatani (musical director), David Cheung and Gordon Bash.
Leslie Furukawa of Gomez & Furukawa and the JANM Board of Trustees spoke on behalf of the Gala Dinner Committee, which she co-chaired with Ernest Doizaki of Kansas Marine Company and Gene Kanamori of Keiro and the JANM Board of Governors.