WEST HOLLYWOOD — The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) held a star-studded Japan relief fundraiser March 23 at The Factory in West Hollywood.
About 300 people attended and nearly $20,000 was raised for the American Red Cross.
“The entire event was planned in just eight days by our CAPE Executive Director Jennifer Sanderson, Grant Kimura of Kimura Marketing Events, and the hard-working team at MND Events,” said Diana Cheng, CAPE office intern.
Leonardo Nam (“He’s Just Not That Into You,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) hosted the event. The main speakers were George Takei (“Star Trek,” “Heroes”), Kelly Hu (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Army Wives”), and Arielle Kebbel (“Life Unexpected”).
There were musical performances by Dawen, Paul Dateh, Victor Kim of Quest Crew, JMD Band, Oak & Gorsky, and Satellite as well as some stand-up comedy from Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives”).
Other participants included Grammy winner Tia Carrere, Tamlyn Tomita (“Law and Order: Los Angeles”), Ian Anthony Dale (“The Event”), Aaron Yoo (“21,” “Disturbia”), Amy Hill (“General Hospital”), Mirelly Taylor (“Lost”), Brian Tee (“Crash”), Kim Evey (“The Guild,” “Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show”), James Kyson Lee (“Heroes”), Karin Anna Cheung (“The People I’ve Slept With”), Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man, Grace Su (“Ktown Cowboys”) and Jason Ritter (“Parenthood,” “The Event”).
Corporate donors were Gene Eng of the Verizon Foundation and Rod Roddenberry (son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry) of the Roddenberry Foundation.
The Factory donated the use of the venue. Food and beverage donors were KyoChon Chicken, China Beach Bistro of Venice, Big Man Bakes, and Roaring Lion Energy Drink. The Islands of Oahu provided two trips for the Hawaii raffle. The IW Group also supported the event.