Pasadena Sister Cities Committee to Host Benefit Concert

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PASADENA — The Pasadena Sister Cities Committee, an all-volunteer organization, is promoting a benefit concert to support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan through Pasadena’s sister city, Mishima.

This event will take place at the Levitt Pavilion/Memorial Park on Saturday, May 21, on the corner of Raymond and Walnut, with an admission donation of $10 (free for children under 5).  Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.  The event will be an all-day music festival, which will include chorale groups, jazz, rock, heavy metal and other music performed by local bands, as well as musicians from Pasadena City College and Pasadena’s public and private schools.

Taiko drummers, martial arts exhibitions, lion and dragon dancers will entertain everyone. Food trucks will also be at the park, for everyone’s dining pleasure. All performers and food truck businesses are donating their time for this worthy cause.

Donations are being accepted, with checks payable to “Pasadena Sister Cities Committee” and “Japan relief-donation” in the memo box.  Anyone who would like to sponsor this event to help defray costs for fencing around the park, sound system rentals, city fees, and liability insurance can make a check payable to the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee and note “Japan relief-sponsorship” in the memo box.  All checks can be mailed to Marcia Montez at 100 N. Garfield Ave., Room 228, Pasadena, CA  91109.

A sponsorship would allow the Pasadena Sister Cities to send all donations to the Mishima International Relations Association (MIRA) for distribution to relief centers in the devastated areas of northern Japan.

For more information, visit www.pasadenasistercities.org.

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