2021 Virtual Annual Gala

2021 Virtual Annual Gala



Sat, Jun 12, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm




Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of JACCC and reflect on returning full circle, approaching the future with SHOSHIN (a “beginner’s mind”), and highlighting our distinguished honorees, the arts, culture, and community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gala Questions

Our online silent auction and gala program is free and open to the public - however, we ask that you register (for free) to gain access to the online silent auction. Please note that for security reasons, GiveSmart requires separate registrations for each event. However, if you previously registered for our Virtual AutumnFest and/or forgot your login credentials, click here for instructions on how to sign in.

Please note that you must be 18 years and older to bid on our online auction packages, and 21 years and older to bid on any alcohol-related auction package.

The gala program will be available on Saturday, June 12 at 6 PM (PDT) through GiveSmart and JACCC Website and will remain available on all platforms after the event is over.

Anyone is able to make donations to JACCC at any time before or after June 12th by visiting our GiveSmart website.

If you’d like to participate in our Online Silent Auction, you can place bids anytime before it closes on Sunday, June 13 at 11:59 PM (PDT). If you have a maximum spending limit for an auction package, you can set an auto-bid that will automatically increase your bids against competitors until it reaches your maximum limit. If your maximum limit is outbid, you will be notified. For more information, check the FAQ below.

You will also be able to view the live-stream video after June 12 on Givesmart and our website.

To keep in compliance with COVID-19 regulations, we are only accepting checks by mail in addition to online credit card payments. Please make the check payable to ‘JACCC’ and in the memo, write in the sponsorship level or indicate it’s a donation. To make sure we receive the payment on-time, please send all checks before Monday, May 31, 2021.

If you are a sponsor or donating to JACCC, your contribution is tax-deductible (minus goods and services received). Auction packages won above the fair market value are tax-deductible in the amount of the difference. For federal income tax purposes you may be able to deduct the portion of your purchase price that exceeds the item’s fair market value (FMV), if you paid the excess with the intent to make a charitable contribution. Please note that transaction fees and taxes associated with your contribution are not tax-deductible. For any additional questions, please consult your tax advisor.

Acknowledgment letters and tax receipts will be mailed the week following the virtual program. You will also receive a receipt of your purchases automatically after payment on GiveSmart. To ensure your letter and receipt are correct, please make sure to double check the spelling of your name, address, and email.

GiveSmart Questions

To register, please click on this link. Please note that for security reasons, GiveSmart requires separate registrations for each event. However, if you previously registered for our Virtual AutumnFest and/or forgot your login credentials, click here for instructions on how to sign in.


  1. Click here to visit our GiveSmart website and click on the button that says "Purchase a Sponsorship".
  2. Select the Sponsorship type and quantity.
  3. (Optional) Make an additional tax-deductible donation.
  4. Add purchaser information.
  5. Enter the desired recognition name.
  6. Answer questions and invite additional attendees.
  7. Enter credit card information to complete payment.
  8. Check the Terms and Conditions box.
  9. Check Text Messages (for bids, purchases and event announcements).
  10. Check that I'm not a robot and click "Pay".
  11. Once an order is submitted, purchaser registration is automatically complete.
  12. Create a username and password to be able to update order information.

There is no deadline for registration. We recommend that sponsors purchase their sponsorships by early April to ensure that we can fulfill your recognition benefits in the gala program and marketing materials.

For technical questions regarding the usage of GiveSmart, please download our 2021 GiveSmart Guide (coming soon) or click here to view a video on instructions for registering and making auction bids.

Yes. Upon checking out, you have the option to opt into the 3.5% transaction fee for GiveSmart's credit card processing. By paying the transaction fee, you ensure more money goes to JACCC’s mission.

For physical auction items, there will also be a 9.5% CA tax surcharge. For charity auctions in California, the state tax is deducted from the contributions for sales of merchandise in internet, live, and silent auctions. For additional details, please read our Silent Auction Rules and Regulations.

Online Silent Auction Questions

Any individuals who are 18 years and older are able to participate in the Online Silent Auction. However, you must be 21 years and older to bid on any alcohol-related auction package.

To participate in the Online Silent Auction from the convenience of your home, you need to be registered on GiveSmart. Bidders will be responsible for paying immediately upon winning and must coordinate pick-up of their items/certificates from JACCC during the designated times. Instructions will be sent to winners after the auction closes.

To view and bid on auction items, you will need access to a computer or mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet with internet connection. You will be required to enter in your mobile phone number to participate, as you will receive text notifications regarding your bids. We recommend that you check GiveSmart or your text messages periodically to see the status of your bids. If you need any assistance to place bids prior to June 13, please contact us at

Yes! Thank you for your interest in donating items to our silent auction. We are currently accepting auction items until Friday, April 30, 2021. To donate an item, please download the Gift Donation Form and contact our Committee Member, Terri O’Lear, at Thank you in advance for your support.

Once the auction is open for bidding, users have 3 ways to bid:

  1. Smartphone: Click the link in your welcome text, taking you to a personal bidding page. Select an item to place a bid.
  2. Text: Text the item number and bid amount after the welcome message received. For example, the text "100 150" places a $150 bid on item number 100. No dollar sign or decimal is needed.
  3. Computer: Click on an item and place a bid.

Or, click here for instructions.

Yes, all bids are anonymous in GiveSmart. Our online auction's system is set to have all bidders as anonymous — if you see your name, it’s most likely that you’re seeing it because you are logged into your GiveSmart account. If you check the auction page in 'incognito' mode you'll see that you are definitely anonymous.

Please ask for assistance from our team by emailing before Saturday, June 12 at 7 PM. For additional details, please click on this link for auction rules and regulations.

We encourage you to use at least two devices to stream the live gala program and bid in our online auction simultaneously, and recommend that you enable text notifications through GiveSmart for status updates regarding your bids. We'll also send out a link to all guests who want to simultaneously bid while watching the program.

To receive your items, you must pay for your items online by credit card in order to coordinate the pick-up of your item.

JACCC has set up two dates, Saturday, June 26, 2021, from 11 AM - 3 PM; and Sunday, June 27, 2021, from 11 AM - 3 PM to pick up your merchandise. We will make reasonable attempts to provide curb-side pickup, to avoid parking and carrying your purchases to the car. If you are unable to retrieve your items, please contact us at by Friday, June 18, 2021. Please use the contact info listed above so that we can discuss these details on a case-by-case basis for items that cannot be easily transported by staff for curbside pickup. For additional details, please read our Silent Auction Rules and Regulations.

2021 Gala Committee

David Yamahata, Gala Committee Chair
Ashley Arikawa
Jerry Fukui
Sara Hutter
Thomas Iino
Glenn Inanaga
Nancy Matsui
Jim Matsushita
Rumi Nakatani
Hiroyo Nonoyama
Terri O’Lear
Lauren Ohata
Dolly Oishi
Nancy Okubo
Diana Ono
Sandy Sakamoto
Lisa Sugimoto
Craig Tomiyoshi
Helen Yamahata
Stephanie Yamasaki

2021 Annual Gala Auction Donors

Janna Abo & Family
Alaska Reel Adventures
Aloha Pizza & Shave Ice Company
Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarius/Edgewater Hotels
Ashley Arikawa & Cory Estes
Ayres Hotels
California Hotel & Casino
ChikoCraft, LLC
Cline Family Cellars
Coco Moon
Tim Colgan
FIA Insurance Services, Inc.
Jeff & Namy Folick
Fresh Brothers
Friends of Margaret Abo, OCBC Buddhist Women's Assoc., and OCBC Cookbook Committee
Jerry Fukui
George Nakashima Woodworkers
Girl Scout Troops of the Orange County Buddhist Church (OCBC)
Hazel Hando
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Bette Hiramatsu
Jill Pearson, Hömage
Sara Hutter
Ralph Hutter O.D. & Joyce Nakabayashi O.D.
Tom Iino
Keith Inatomi
Kathy Ito
Ken & Bonnie Kasamatsu
Kauai Coffee Co.
Gary Kawaguchi
Audrey Kawasaki
Courtney Taira, King's Hawaiian
Nikki Kodama
La Valencia Hotel
Langer's Delicatessen
Margaret Abo's Kimekomi Doll Making Students
Nancy Matsui
Jim Matsushita
Jean Miao
Miracle Spring Resort & Spa
Alan Miyatake
Morongo Casino Resort & Spa
Mutual Trading Co., Inc.
Rumiko Nakatani
Natural Dye Kits
Hiroyo Nonoyama & Yuhki Demers
Terri O'Lear
Lauren Ohata
Dolly & Rick Oishi
Nancy Okubo
Henry Ota & Hiroyo Nonoyama
Ota Clayworks
Peju Province Winery
Pilot Corporation of America
Pink's Hot Dogs
Sandy Sakamoto
Jose Salcedo
Ernie Seko
Spirit Cruises
Sun Noodle
Hirotada Takada
Tanaka Farms
Richard Terasaki
The Bay Club Hotel & Marina
The Kanai Families
Viking River Cruises
VJB Cellars
Wailea Golf Club
Wellington Cellars
Wellington Cellars and VJB Cellars
David & Helen Yamahata
Stephanie Yamasaki
Yoshiko Yamasaki

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