The capital campaign to build the Budokan of Los Angeles, a multi-purpose recreation center in historic Little Tokyo, continues to build momentum with key contributions and fundraising activities.
The Japan Business Association of Southern California, with a membership of more than 500 Japan-based companies, made a recent contribution of $30,000.
“The generous donations from JBA is significant,” expressed Dean Matsubayashi, Little Tokyo Service Center executive director. “It represents a commitment by the Japanese business community to our project and the recognition that Little Tokyo is an important historic and cultural center for the Japanese American community today and will continue to be in the future.”
Two large community fundraisers were held recently on behalf of the Budokan of Los Angeles, the Big Budokan Bash and Straight Outta Little Tokyo, raising $70,000 for the project. Toyota has donated a 2016 Highlander Hybrid to be raffled off with proceeds directed to the campaign. The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation recently awarded a $250,000 contribution to the project. MUFG Union Bank has supported the project with a contribution of $30,000.
The Budokan of Los Angeles is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2017.