Cerritos Hosts ‘3.11’ Japan Relief Concert

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CERRITOS — A total of 300 people attended the “3.11 Japan Relief Concert” held at Cerritos Park East on April 17.

The concert raised funds for the people of Japan affected by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The concert was organized by Cerritos residents Yukiko and Richard M. Elegino and co-sponsored by the City of Cerritos.

Cerritos Mayor Carol K. Chen welcomed the guests and said, “Tonight’s concert provides a wonderful opportunity to make a contribution towards Japan’s recovery. Yukiko and Richard Elegino have done a marvelous job with organizing and promoting the concert and securing sponsorships. Our community thanks them for their outstanding efforts.”

Los Angeles County Fire Department Assistant Chief Gerald Heinzel spoke on behalf of firefighters from the department who traveled to Japan to provide disaster relief assistance, including five firefighters from Cerritos Station 30. Firefighter Specialist Atsushi Uehara from that station was among the firefighters who helped in Japan, and he was in attendance at the concert.

U.S.-Japan Council Program Director Bryan Takeda spoke about the extent of the damage in Japan, including the many thousands of people who are still missing. Takeda and volunteers from the U.S.-Japan Council collected donations from concert guests for the U.S.-Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund. The donations will directly support immediate relief and the long-term economic recovery and rebuilding of Japan.

Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles Advisor Julian Ely spoke on behalf of Consul General Junichi Ihara, and expressed thanks to the Eleginos and the City of Cerritos for presenting the concert and supporting the relief effort.

The concert featured the 3.11 Japan Relief String Orchestra, which includes many members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The orchestra was conducted by Richard Elegino, a violist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He and the musicians donated their time and talent while the city provided the venue for the fundraiser.

Donations to the U.S.-Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund are tax-deductible and can still be made by credit card through the fund’s secure website: https://www.usjapancouncil.org/fund. When filling out the online form, select “3.11 Japan Relief Concert” from the drop-down menu of affiliated organizations.

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