Monterey Park Hosts Japan Fundraiser

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MONTEREY PARK — A special fundraising event to help the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami will be held Thursday, April 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. under the sponsorship of the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce and in partnership with community organizations in the city.

Vincent Chang, president of the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce, said proceeds of the event would be directly sent to the victims through the Japanese Consulate.

“Monterey Park has a long-term relationship with Japan with our sister city Nachikatsuura in Japan, and many residents who were either born in Japan or are descendants of Japanese immigrants, ” said Chang.

The event will include an update by a representative of the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles and Monterey Park Mayor Betty Chu. The chamber is coordinating the event in partnership with the City of Monterey Park, Monterey Park Sister Cities Commission and the Japanese American Senior Citizens Club of Monterey Park.

“We truly appreciate the generous response the many businesses, including Japanese and Asian, Latino and American cuisine restaurants, for support of the special event,” said Chang.

The chamber is asking for a donation of $40 per person for the event, which will be held at the chamber offices, located at 700 E. Mercado Ave. For reservations or information, call (626) 570-9429.

Monterey Park is a predominantly Asian community with Japanese Americans representing about 10 percent of the population.

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