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41st Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner

41st Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner



Thu, Jun 23, 2022 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


JACCC - Noguchi Plaza
244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012


Join us as we celebrate the 41st Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner. This year's theme is Kansha: An Appreciation for the Past, Present, and Future. Kansha, meaning, "thanks", "appreciation" or "gratitude" will highlight the program where we will thank and honor the vision, commitment, and perseverance of our honorees.

We invite you to a special evening of alfresco dining, musical tributes, and a live auction. We are excited for you to return to JACCC and help celebrate decades of our rich cultural tradition of promoting and presenting Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture.

2022 Honorees

Union Bank Logo

MUFG Union Bank

2022 Chairman’s Award

MUFG Union Bank has a rich and long history as the bank played an active role of the early economic growth and success of California. In our commitment to sustaining this legacy and acting as a catalyst for change, the bank continues to make philanthropic investments with a focus towards access to economic opportunity and bolstering the long-term prosperity of the many communities we serve.

In the 1950’s the Bank’s (MUFG Union Bank) predecessor, Bank of Tokyo, responded to the desires from the Japanese American community leaders to open a locally based Japanese Bank, and the Bank of Tokyo of California was born. However, finding American investors was a challenge during the post war era, it was the Japanese American community that came together to make initial deposits and investments to allow for regulatory approvals to officially open for business. The bank’s core operations centered around the Japanese American community and subsequently, several branches throughout California were established to support the growing financial needs of the community. For almost 70 years, the bank and the community have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship of success and prosperity.

For over 40 years, the bank and its employees have been strong supporters of the JACCC, and are proud to have been a contributor, alongside other Japanese corporations, to the capital campaign which brought to life what we know today as the JACCC campus.

Portrait of The Honorable Kathryn Doi Todd

The Honorable Kathryn Doi Todd

2022 Chairman’s Award

Kathryn Doi Todd is a retired Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Division Two. She was born in Los Angeles, California in 1942, and interned at Heart Mountain and Tule Lake. After graduating from Stanford University and earning her JD from Loyola Law School in 1970, she was an attorney in Little Tokyo and a founding member of the Japanese American Bar Association. In 1978, Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the Los Angeles County Municipal Court, the first female Asian American judge in the United States. She was then one of 8 judges who incorporated the National Association of Women Judges in 1979. Brown then elevated her to the LA County Superior Court in 1981, and in 2000 Governor Gray Davis appointed her to the California Court of Appeal, Division Two. Doi Todd retired in 2013, after 35 years on the bench, and received the Margaret Brent Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession in 2014. As a lover of Japanese arts and culture, she served on the board of directors for 27 years—including as Chair—of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center from 1983 to 2010.

Portrait of the AutumnFest Committee

AutumnFest Committee

2022 President’s Award
  • Suzy Sasaki
  • Timothy R. Manaka
  • Gary Kawaguchi
  • Karen Shintaku
  • Paul Shishima

In 1987, JACCC launched a new fall event called AutumnFest. The fundraiser evolved into a casual outdoor bento dinner with a fun and elaborate auction of donated items. AutumnFest grew quickly, thanks largely to its five committee co-chairs: volunteers Susan Sasaki, Tim Manaka, Jr., and Karen Shintaku; and JACCC Board Members Gary Kawaguchi and Paul Shishima.

Organized to support JACCC’s Community Programs, AutumnFest at its peak assembled over 400 items, including cars and vacations for its live auction. Also developed to engage young professionals from the greater community, AutumnFest with its unique bento dinners drew as many as 600 people and became an introduction to JACCC’s future supporters.

After over two decades with leadership and staff turnover, AutumnFest finally ran its course. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many nonprofit organizations struggled economically, Manaka and his wife Akiko reached out to Sasaki, Shintaku, Kawaguchi and Shishima and others to help JACCC. With only a short planning period, the new AutumnFest Committee created the first virtual event in November of 2020, which netted $150,000.

The 41st Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner will recognize the five former co-chairs along with the greater AutumnFest Committee for all that they have done and continue to do for JACCC.

2022 Entertainer Bios

David Ono

Master of Ceremonies

David Ono is the co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Since joining ABC7 in 1996, David has witnessed history worldwide, covering Hurricane Katrina, Haiti's earthquake and Japan's tsunami. He traveled across Europe and Asia chronicling brave acts of the Nisei soldier from World War II. He attended the Royal Wedding in London, tracked drug runners through Central America and reported from Paris on a terrorist plot to bring down the Eiffel Tower.

Ono has trained with the FBI and the elite Los Angeles Sheriff's SWAT team. President Obama invited him to the White House for an exclusive interview. And he witnessed white smoke at the Vatican twice - in 2005 for the selection of Pope Benedict the 16th and 2013 for the selection of Pope Francis. Recently, Ono surfaced in Boston, chronicling the marathon bombing. He has won nine Edward R. Murrow awards and 28 Emmys.

David grew up in Texas and is a graduate of the University of North Texas.His career has included stops at KOVR in Sacramento, KDBC in El Paso, KOSA in Midland/Odessa and KXAS in Dallas. He has also hosted ABC7's half-hour show Eye on L.A.

Portrait of Tamlyn Tomita

Tamlyn Tomita

Mistress of Ceremonies

Tamlyn Tomita is perhaps best known for her role in “The Karate Kid, Part 2” which is enjoying its renaissance due to the popularity of “Cobra Kai” on NetFlix. Other projects she is known for are the films: “The Joy Luck Club”; “The Day After Tomorrow”; “Come See the Paradise” and the TV shows: “The Good Doctor”; “The Man in the High Castle”; “Teen Wolf”; “Berlin Station”; “How to Get Away with Murder”; “Glee”; “True Blood”; “Eureka”; “Heroes”; “Criminal Minds”; and “24”. A native Los Angeleno, specifically from the (818) and a proud AAPI embracing her Okinawan, Japanese, and Filipino heritage, she continually advocates for stories to be told from a ‘golden’ perspective. And most importantly, she is a proud and loyal UCLA Bruin.

Yu-Ki Shamisen Jazz Project

The Yu-Ki Shamisen Jazz Project creates original and boundary-pushing sounds through its unique approach of blending Japanese traditional Shamisen and West coast music. Yu, a Jazz guitarist, plays Shamisen arranged by Kimo, producer of the world-renowned Jazz fusion group Hiroshima, accompanied by Jervonny "JV" Collier (Bass) and Land Richards (Drums).  Together the four of them will perform original compositions, old Japanese songs, Jazz, smooth Jazz R&B, and more!

2022 Gala Donors

Donations of $500 & Above

Doug Aihara
Matt Blumkin
Ron Chiya
Congratulations, Suzy!
Doizaki & Sons
Namy Folick
Fujima Kansuma Kai
Jan Fukuhara Dyck
Sachi Hamai
Ken & Jo Ann Hamamura
Eric Hernandez
Katey Ho
Glenn & Michiko Inanaga
James & Lorraine Ito
Jones & Associates
Gene Kanamori
Jonathan Kurohara
Crystal & Elwood Lui
Randy Masada
Derek Mio
Nolan Miura
Robin MotookaBlahut
Quality Naturally Foods, Inc.
Akira D. Sansui
Gordon & Joanne Sasaki
Sadako Sase
Paul Shishima
David Sosa
Wayne Nagao & Carol Tanita
Tokio Marine America
Lisa Tome
Susan Uchiyama
Marsha Wakasa
Michael & Ellies Watanabe

Table Centerpiece

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)
Ikenobo School of Ikebana
Ohara School of Ikebana
Sogetsu School of Ikebana
Southern California Flower Market

Table Sponsor Dinner Wines

B. Kosuge Wines
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Freeman Vineyard & Winery
Kazumi Wines
Mikami Vineyards
Noria Wines
Paulownia Wines
Six Cloves Wines

In-kind Donations

American Honda
Beam Suntory
Scott Yamabe, Southern California Flower Market

2022 Gala Sponsors

Sakura Sponsors

Aratani Foundation
Terasaki Family Foundation

Ume Sponsors

Sugimoto Family Foundation

Fuji Sponsors

Glenn & Michiko Inanaga
Kawaguchi-Kihara Memorial Foundation
MUFG Union Bank

Tsubaki Sponsors

Aspen Healthcare, Inc.
Enterprise Bank
Gonsaku & Mine Ito
Kanai Foundation
John & Suzy Sasaki

Momo Sponsors

FIA Insurance Services, Inc.
Fukui Mortuary
Frank & Betty Hiji
Tom & Barbara Iino
IW Group
Matsumoto & Minami Families
Lauren Ohata
Melinda Doi Manchester, in honor of Kathryn Doi Todd
Mitsubishi Corporation (America)
Dolly & Rick Oishi
Henry Ota & Hiroyo Nonoyama
Shintaku Family
Paul & Kay Shishima
Yamahata Family

Ajisai Sponsors

Gary & Toni Kitazawa
Kinecta Federal Credit Union
Randy & Amanda Masada
Ronald & Fujie Ohata
US Bank
Nolan Maehara & Sandy Sakamoto

Shobu Sponsors

JSL Foods Inc.
Lynn Miyamoto & Kevin Kroeker
Johnny & Wendy Mori

Asagao Sponsors

Creative Class Collective
JAMA (Japanese American Medical Association)
Little Tokyo Community Council
Little Tokyo Service Center
Omotesenke Domonkai Southern California Region, USA

2022 Gala Committee

David Yamahata, Gala Committee Chair
Jerry Fukui
Thomas Iino
Jennifer Hirano
Atsuko Kanai
Gary Kawaguchi
Toni Kitazawa
Randy Masada
Alan Miyatake
Hiroyo Nonoyama
Lauren Ohata
Dolly Oishi
Nancy Okubo
Sandy Sakamoto
Suzy Sasaki
Joanne Sasaki
Lisa Sugimoto
Carol Tanita
Stephanie Yamasaki

Frequently Asked Questions

Anniversary Dinner Questions

Anyone can participate. 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.

You can make donations to JACCC at any time before or after June 23rd by visiting jaccc41st.givesmart.com.

If you’d like to participate in our auction, you can place bids anytime before it closes on Thursday, June 23 at 7 pm (PST). 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.

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 June 6th.

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 event. 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

For technical questions regarding the usage of the GiveSmart platform, click here to view a video on instructions for registering and making auction bids.


  1. Go to jaccc41st.givesmart.com and click on the button that says "view levels".
  2. Select the sponsorship type and quantity.
  3. (Optional) Make a 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.

Click here to register. For security reasons, GiveSmart requires separate registrations for each event. If you previously registered for our Virtual AutumnFest or Virtual Gala, you will need to register again for this event. 

Yes. Upon checking out, you will need to pay 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, read our auction rules and regulations.

Auction Questions

All individuals who are 18 years and older can participate. However, you must be 21 years and older to bid on any alcohol-related auction package.

To participate in the 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 23rd, please contact us at info@jaccc.org.

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.

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 because you are logged into your GiveSmart account. If you check the auction page in 'incognito' mode you'll see that you are anonymous.

Please ask for assistance from our team by emailing info@jaccc.org before Saturday, June 22 at 6 p.m. For additional details, read our auction rules and regulations.

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

Pick up will be on Thursday, June 23 at 7 pm during the Anniv. Dinner. For prior or post-dinner pickup, please contact Akiko Manaka at akiko.manaka@gmail.com before Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m. Large items will need to be transported by special arrangement. 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, read our auction rules and regulations.

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