March 30, 2011

Raising Money for Japan at EN Japanese Brasserie

One week ago, I attended a sold-out gathering at EN Japanese Brasserie, a fabulous restaurant located at 435 Hudson Street in Manhattan.  Dubbed Love For Japan, it was a fundraiser for the Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, put together by the restaurant’s owner, Reika Yo Alexander.  There were several speakers, including myself.  I spoke about how I feel so compelled to do my part because of how the Japanese people have treated me during my many visits to that country – with such hospitality and with such good will and good nature.  Wonderful sake, beer, and hors d’oeuvres inspired by the most affected prefectures; Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima, were served.  And the legendary jazzman, Wynton Marsalis and his band performed for the crowd.  I’m told that more than $100,000 was raised that evening with 100% of the proceeds donated to Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund and the Japanese Red Cross.