The Cherry Blossom Festival Southern California and the American Red Cross have teamed up to raise money for the Japan Earthquake Relief Project during the festival on April 2-3 in Little Tokyo.
A venue will be available at the festival offering guests an opportunity to make a difference. Each guest who donates a minimum of one dollar can make an origami crane or select an already made one and sign it for the “Origami Tree” as a symbol of hope.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is seeking collaborative sponsors who can help in this effort in a couple of ways. In order to reach their goal of 10,000 cranes, organizers need to create an area specifically for this cause, and to man it. They are seeking monetary donations to offset the rental costs of the venue, and the costs of chairs, tables, booths, and supplies to make the cranes. The festival is also seeking organizations to help teach crane-making or to make cranes.
If you are coming in with a volunteer group or an individual, email Masako at [email protected] with the organization, date and time. and number of volunteers. The first 1,000 cranes have been made and donated by Dianne Fukuwa’s dance group, Fujima Seiyumi Kai, and they are busy making additional cranes.
Donations to help underwrite the venue, rentals, and supplies can be made to: Pasadena Arts Council/Cherry Blossom Festival So Cal, 686 S. Arroyo Parkway, #221 Pasadena, CA 91105. For more information, contact Wendy Anderson at [email protected] or (626) 683-8243, or visit http://www.pasadenaartscouncil.org/pasadena_arts_council/Pasadena_Arts_Council_-_EMERGE_-_Cherry_Blossom_Festival_Southern_California_2.html
All collaborators will be listed as part of the Hope Japan and The Origami Tree – Earthquake Relief Effort at the Cherry Blossom Festival So Cal. Monies raised through the campaign will be donated to Japan through the American Red Cross. The cranes made will be donated to Students Rebuild. The Bezos Family Foundation has offered a $200,00 donation, $2 for each crane received. That is in addition to the $1 donated at the festival with the Red Cross. The $2 per crane is donated to Architecture for Humanity’s reconstruction efforts in Japan (http://architectureforhumanity.org/). Once Students Rebuild reach the goal of 100,000 cranes submitted, they will be woven into an art installation, a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth.
“The Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal will bring together the community of Southern California to celebrate the diverse Japanese American and Japanese culture,” said a festival spokesperson. “What better way than to bring our community together to help our friends overseas who have been so devastated by Mother Nature through funds and spirit of love and hope?”