The Northern California-Western Nevada-Pacific District of the JACL will hold its award banquet and celebration on April 22 at the Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. The district will be celebrating JACL’s Beiju or 88th Golden Anniversary. Organized in 1929, JACL is one of the oldest and largest civil rights organizations in the country and boasts more than 100 chapters nationwide.
The NCWNP District will also recognize past newsletter editors Joan Matsuoka of the Contra Costa chapter and Dara Tom of the Berkeley Chapter, as well as Florin JACL member Andy Noguchi and the unsung heroes from the local chapters — all of whom give their time and energy into broadening the work and vision of the district and JACL as a whole.
The event’s guest speaker will be Dianne Fukami, co-producer and director of the “Mineta Legacy Project,” a documentary film chronicling the life, career and contributions of Norman Mineta, the first Asian American mayor of a major city, the first Japanese American from the mainland to be elected to Congress and the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet.
Jane Katsuyama, Emmy-winning journalist from KTVU Fox 2 in Oakland, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
The public is welcome to attend. A silent auction will also be featured, with proceeds benefiting the “Mineta Legacy Project.”
Early bird registration is $70 per person until March 20, after which registration will be $88. Registration closes April 10.
For more information on how to register and support this event, visit www.jacl-ncwnp.org.