Nominees Sought for Kay Okamoto Volunteer Award and Takeo Okamoto Leadership Award

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SAN FRANCISCO — The committee for the 2011 Kay Okamoto Volunteer Award and Takeo Okamoto Leadership Award announces that it is now accepting nominations for two awards that recognize individuals who demonstrate a deep concern for the Nikkei community within which they actively participate.

The winners will receive a total prize of $1,000 each, with $500 going to the individual and $500 donated to an organization of his or her choice. The ceremony for the awards will take place during the JCCCNC (Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California) Annual Event to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24.

In 1988, the Okamoto family established the Kay Okamoto Volunteer Award to recognize an individual who exemplifies her spirit of volunteerism and has generously volunteered his/her time and talents to strengthen the community.

The Takeo Okamoto Community Leadership Award is presented in memory of Takeo Okamoto (1908-2003), who was a pioneer in the San Francisco Japanese American community for over seven decades. It goes to individuals who exhibit the modest and scholarly “spirit” and have positively impacted the Japanese American community through long-term commitment.

Nominations from the community are welcomed and may be submitted electronically or via U.S. mail (JCCCNC, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115). Nominations must be postmarked or emailed no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5.

For a nomination form, or for more information, contact the JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505.

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