4/16 — JANM Gala at LA Live

April 16 — The Japanese American National Museum announced that its 2011 Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction set for Saturday, April 16, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel at L.A. LIVE, will have the theme “Continuing Family Stories: The Expanding Nikkei Community.”

The gala dinner, the largest fundraising event for JANM, will highlight some of the contributions and stories of Nikkei in the post-World War II era, including those that arrived in America in the 1960s and 1970s and beyond. Like the original Issei immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century, these families established their businesses in the U.S. and became part of the local communities.

Two families will be recognized as part of the dinner program: the Kanais and the Yamanos. Sansei illustrator/writer Stan Sakai, who was born in Japan, will also be honored for his cultural contributions.

Sponsorships are available at these levels: Signature ($100,000), Presenting ($50,000), Diamond ($25,000), Emerald ($15,000), Platinum ($10,000), Gold ($5,000), Silver ($3,500), Bronze ($2,500), and Community ($1,750, for non-profit organizations; must be for full table). There are also sponsorships available for the VIP Reception set for Friday, April 15, at the museum, as a Host ($15,000); and Gala Dinner Reception Host ($15,000) and Gala Dinner Reception Sponsor ($10,000) for the reception prior to the dinner on April 16 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.

For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or go to www.janm.org/events/2011/dinner/.